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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 Most Effective Chess Training Techniques You Have to Try
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.14.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Have you ever felt like you have reached the top of your level? Times goes by and you see no improvement in your play? In this article we want to give you 5 training tips that could change this situation drastically. Each one of us has different strengths and weaknesses, as well as different amount of time available for chess. However, there are general and tested methods that guarantee improvement within months. Here is a list with what we consider the most effective exercises.
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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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3 Problems Most Chess Players face just Starting Out
Yury Markushin
03.20.2015
Yury Markushin
In this article we will focus on the most common problems that many chess players are facing when they start their chess journey. We won’t be focusing on the complete beginners who just learned how chess pieces move. But rather we will talk about what problems many improving players have. Let’s tackle them one-by-one.
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Opening Tips
Main Ideas of The Reti Opening
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.29.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Reti Opening, starting with the moves 1.Nf3 2.g3 has always been a second or third opening choice for white. It's rarely seen at club level and it is historically considered to be harmless and dull compared to the most popular 1.d4 and 1.e4. However, this is a very superficial judgment.
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Philidor Defense: Everything You Need To Know
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.02.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Philidor Defense is an excellent practical weapon to play for a win with the black pieces. The opening name is given thanks to the famous 18th century player François Andre Danican Philidor, who advocated 2...d6 as an alternative to the common 2...Nc6. Philidor's original idea was to play f7-f5 on the next move, challenging white's center.
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10 Ways to Improve Your Openings
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.08.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Every chess player, of any level, is constantly trying to improve and show his best chess over the board. In order to successfully accomplish this, it is important to study all three phases of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame.
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