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learning from alekhine play
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.24.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
There is probably little we could say about Alexander Alekhine that is new to our readers. He is considered to be one of the greatest players ever and his games are an inspiration to every chess aficionado. He became the fourth World Champion in 1927, after defeating the Cuban legend Jose Raul Capablanca. He defended his title until 1935 when his reign was put on hold for a short time by Max Euwe. However, he regained the title in 1937 and kept it until his death, in 1946.
Training Tips
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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10 Tips for Becoming a More Productive Chess Player
Yury Markushin
01.14.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players complain that they don’t have enough time to work on chess and play chess because of their other responsibilities such as school, work, family, relationship and so on. In fact, the time constraint, is the number one factor that prevents most adult players from improving their game. Is it possible to work on chess more efficiently and to get the results you want by spending less time? If you want to know how, this article is for you.
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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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Opening Tips
The Closed Sicilian Pawn Formation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.17.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular choices for the black player nowadays. While many prefer to open the center with 2. Nf3 followed by 3. d4, the Closed variation of this opening is not to be overlooked. It is a great weapon if you don’t like learning a lot of theory and it can lead to very sharp play. In order to avoid getting into a worse position, black has to find the right way of creating counterplay.
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Winning with French Defence: 3…h6!?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.14.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The French defense is a very popular answer against 1.e4 among chess players of all levels. We have mentioned it several times before in our previous articles, as one of the few opening choices that gives black the chance to fight for the game from the very start.
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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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