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how to beat grandmasters
Yury Markushin
05.29.2017
Yury Markushin
Finding a good opening is not an easy task. Many club players get confused with all the information available and not sure what to select. The things become especially tricky when it comes to playing with black pieces.  Should you play the Sicilian, Spanish or Caro-Kann? How should you study the openings and where do you get the information? Do you need dozens of books and chess courses to understand the opening well enough to be competitive?
Training Tips
5 Chess Training Rules You Gotta Break
Yury Markushin
12.25.2015
Yury Markushin
Most chess players know the fundamental training rules. In order to improve at chess, they need to play more games, solve tactics, work with the books, and so on. Ironically, following the rules without good understanding may be something that prevents them from reaching new heights. Chess masters know very well that oftentimes breaking training rules will help a player much more than blindly following them.
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10 Chess Patterns Every Player Should Know
Yury Markushin
10.31.2016
Yury Markushin
We always hear strong players talking about the importance of recognizing chess patterns. What do they mean by that? What are these magical chess patterns we need to know and recognize? If you’re confused don’t worry, after reading this article you won’t be. You will understand exactly what chess patterns are and will learn 10 very important chess patters that every chess player should know.
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5 Ways to Improve Your Positional Play
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess players are constantly on the look for new “recipes” in their quest of getting better at chess. Some players think that they should give a lot of importance to the opening, others to tactics and so on. Truth is, working on only one aspect of the game won’t help you get better overall; you have to study all of them equally. Suppose you only solve tactics; it will be very difficult to find a correct plan in a static position.
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Opening Tips
Strategy in the Nimzo-Indian and Queen’s Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.02.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Continuing our series of articles on typical pawn structures, we would like to show our readers a very common structure that arises from queen's pawn openings. See the diagram below.
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English Opening: Beating The Popular 4…Bc5 System
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The English Opening is one of white's most solid start choices. It usually leads to closed positions with very few exchanges on the board. The battle is tense from the very beginning and there aren't much forced lines for any side. In his prime, Garry Kasparov used the English Opening quite often, achieving remarkable wins and doing a great contribution to the theory of this opening.
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7 Best Games on Vienna Game
Yury Markushin
01.30.2017
Yury Markushin
Vienna Game was developed at the end of 19th century. The main idea of this opening is to defend the e4 pawn and the d5 square, launching an attack with quick f2-f4. Vienna is a rare opening, and cannot be often seen in Grandmasters' games. Black has strong counter-chances with d7-d5 push. This is a good opening for those who prefers to stay away from popular lines. It is easy to go wrong in this opening with any color, thus you should be familiar with the theory before playing it in a serious game. Here are some of the best games on this opening.
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