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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 Types of Chess Players Which Are Impossible to Improve
Yury Markushin
11.13.2015
Yury Markushin
Every chess player wants to improve their game. There are some players, for which improving is extremely difficult. And we’re not talking about those players who hit their rating ceiling, plateaued or physically (or should I say theoretically) are not capable of playing better chess. No, these players cannot improve for completely different reasons. Curious? Read on.
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10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.03.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
For many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity. The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.
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15 Laws of Chess Training
Yury Markushin
01.12.2015
Yury Markushin
Today we will talk about 15 most important laws of chess training. We will discuss how you should approach chess training, how to prevent common problems and how not to become an average chess player. Here it is.
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Opening Tips
Fighting the Slav Defense with the Rausis Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.03.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Slav defense is possibly among the top three choices for black against 1.d4. After the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3, white not only must know the main line of the Slav with 4...dxc4 but also, but he should also be prepared against the move 4...e6, the Semi-Slav variation. The amount of theory written in these two possible choices for black is quite big and can be overwhelming for the player not interested in memorizing the principal lines.
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Playing Against The Trompowsky: A Standard Response
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.29.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Many times we face the Trompowsky variation as black during tournament or casual online blitz. It is certainly an awkward opening, especially if black does not know what he is doing. The Trompowsky has been employed by many attacking players, such as Nakamura, Grischuk, Mamedyarov and many others.  
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The Stonewall Pawn Structure
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.01.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Dutch Defense has gained a huge popularity over the past few years mostly because some of the best players in the world such as Nakamura, Caruana and even the world champion Magnus Carlsen started playing it from time to time.
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