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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 Things to Do for Breaking 2000 ELO
Yury Markushin
11.02.2016
Yury Markushin
Making steady progress in chess is something every chess player aims for through his whole career no matter what level he is. It is always nice to be improving one’s own weaknesses and therefore become stronger. For advanced players this task is still difficult, but at least they have an idea of what they should be doing.
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Developing The Sense of Danger
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.24.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Creating a suitable working plan in order to improve our chess is never easy. It is very important to find the right material, but it is perhaps even more important to know what to work on. This can only be done by analyzing your own games and trying to find your weaknesses. You have to draw your own conclusions and decide what part of the game you have to work 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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Opening Tips
Sidelines in The Open Catalan:  The Aggressive 7.Na3!?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.17.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Catalan Opening is one of white's main weapons against the Queen's Gambit Declined nowadays. The popularity of this opening has increased greatly for the last 10 years thanks to the efforts of players like Kramnik and Gelfand, who used this variation frequently at the highest level with big success. When it comes to the Catalan, it's impossible not to mention the Grandmaster Boris Avrukh, a big specialist on the line, but also a well respected writer.
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The Scotch: A solid and reliable variation against 1…e5
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.02.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Opening theory is like clothes fashion. People play whatever is played the most, what the leading experts play whether they have an original feeling for it or not, like following the latest trend dictated by a fashion super model.  
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The Sicilian Dragon – Kamsky’s Way
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Sicilian is the number one enemy for 1.e4 players. Nowadays it’s almost impossible to play against the Sicilian without having a strong theoretical preparation. This approach requires a long time to memorize not only the main lines, but also the so-called playable secondary lines which are often the most dangerous.
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