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7 greatest defensive combination
Yury Markushin
06.21.2017
Yury Markushin
Defense is perhaps one of the most important chess skills you can have. World Championships and major tournaments are always won with a help of outstanding defense. Ability to play well in inferior positions and don't collapse under pressure is the trait shared by all World Champions and greatest chess players. If you want to strengthen your game, it is one of the skills you should definitely look to develop. Today we will study the 7 greatest defensive combinations by the world's best.
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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3 Chess Training Habits That Hold You Back
Yury Markushin
01.23.2015
Yury Markushin
In this article, we will discuss some of the very common training habits that a lot of chess players have without even realizing it. It seems like they do everything correctly study GM games, solve tactics, etc. But somehow that is not effective and their chess does not improve. Today we will look at the “why” part.
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5 Steps to Calculating Likes a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
10.12.2015
Yury Markushin
All chess players know that grandmasters can calculate many moves ahead, evaluate the position, and deliver the final blow. How do they do that? Is there a way an ordinary chess player can learn to calculate many moves ahead like masters do? In this article, we will answer those questions and show you a simple schematic that will tremendously help at calculating moves.
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Opening Tips
King’s Indian Defense Dealing with the Four Pawns Attack
Yury Markushin
06.20.2016
Yury Markushin
The four pawns attack is one of the most aggressive lines against the King’s Indian Defense. From a very early stage in the opening white grabs a considerable amount of space, hoping to put black in a crammed position. The drawback of this system is that sometimes white finds himself overextended and his mass of pawns in the center becomes a weakness rather than strength.
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11 Best Games on Queen’s Gambit Declined
Yury Markushin
04.08.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen's Gambit Declined is a very popular variation of the Queen's Gambit in which black declines the pawn sacrifice offered by white. Move 2...e6 supports the central pawn, and releases the dark squared bishop. Black obtains a solid position, but gives white some edge in the center as well as making light squared bishop passive. In some variations black can totally give up the center playing ...dxc4. This defense is probably one of the safest ways for black to treat 1.d4. Many great games were played with this opening and will will explore some of them in this article.
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7 Best Games Played with Evans Gambit
Yury Markushin
03.08.2017
Yury Markushin
The Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of Giuoco Piano. The opening is named after William Evans, who is the first player to use it. This opening quickly became a popular choice for many great masters including Anderssen, Morphy, and Chigorin. Eventually, Emanuel Lasker came up with the novelty that allowed getting an upper hand by returning the pawn. The opening was not popular for the majority of the 20th century, up until Garry Kasparov won some decisive games with it. Today we will see some of the best games played with the Evans Gambit.
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