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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
7 Things to Do Before a Chess Game
Yury Markushin
10.28.2016
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are asking what they should do right before an important game to help their performance. There are many different things to take into consideration but I’m focusing only on the most important ones. I’m giving you an outline of 7 things you should do just few hours before the round to positively influence your game. Here we go!
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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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5 Simple Tips That Will Skyrocket Your Chess
Yury Markushin
09.23.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players have trouble improving at chess. Even when they have the right resources and motivation to work on the game they make progress very slowly and cannot achieve their goals. In this article we will give you five very important tips that will take your chess training to the next level.
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Opening Tips
5 Best Chess Games on Catalan
Yury Markushin
03.30.2016
Yury Markushin
Catalan is an opening which combines Queen's gambit and Reti in one. Catalan was employed by many strong players including ex-world champions Vladimir Kramnik as well as Vishy Anand. It is also popular on club level, and maybe a good opening choice for many. Here are some of the best games on Catalan Opening.  
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Fighting the Benoni: The Remarkable Nh5 Idea
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Indo-Benoni is one of the few aggressive options black has against the move 1.d4. It is an audacious defense that seeks counterplay and dynamism from the very start of the game. Nowadays it has disappeared almost completely from the top level.
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English Opening: Beating The Popular 4…Bc5 System
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The English Opening is one of white's most solid start choices. It usually leads to closed positions with very few exchanges on the board. The battle is tense from the very beginning and there aren't much forced lines for any side. In his prime, Garry Kasparov used the English Opening quite often, achieving remarkable wins and doing a great contribution to the theory of this opening.
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