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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
Visualization Chess Training
Yury Markushin
04.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply to calculate the moves.
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How to Deal With Chess Anxieties, Barriers and Obstacles
Yury Markushin
07.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players ask me the same questions over and over again. The most common questions involve the big 3: anxieties before and during the game, barriers that prevent them from improving at chess and obstacles that disallow focusing on chess, sticking to the plan and reaching the goals. In today's article you will learn how to deal with these 3 big problems that prevent many chess players from fully enjoying the game and reaching their potential.
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Top 7 Deadly Training Mistakes to Avoid
Yury Markushin
09.10.2015
Yury Markushin
"How to improve at chess" is perhaps the most common and important question a chess player of any strength asks. In today's article we will focus more closely on this very important topic. Together, we will try to understand what are the seven training mistakes that you should avoid by all costs in order to get better at chess.
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Opening Tips
8 Chess Openings Played by Magnus Carlsen
Yury Markushin
11.14.2016
Yury Markushin
Every player wants to play like famous Magnus Carlsen. We saw him crashing his competition, winning tournament after tournament and match after match. He has many perks including photographic memory, super-human IQ and ability to stay focused for 6-7 hours straight.That’s not the only reason he is so successful. His opening preparation has to do a lot with many of his wins. Today we will take a look at 8 chess openings that help Calrsen stay on top of the rating list and keep the World Championship title.
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Crushing Attacks Against the Sicilian: The Keres Attack
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.11.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The “Keres Attack” against the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian is a well known name among the chess aficionados all over the world. However, knowing the origin, the main ideas and the players who developed this variation and converted it into the most dangerous weapon against the Scheveningen is another thing.
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How to Study Openings 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?
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