WGM Raluca Sgîrcea is a Romanian chess player and coach. She was born on 11 July 1989.
Her peak rating was 2302 in October 2014.
She won the European Youth Chess Championship in the U10 girls category in 1999. She became a Woman International Master (WIM) in 2011 and achieved one Woman Grandmaster (WGM) norm. She speaks Romanian, English and Spanish.
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Four Knights Game: Scotch VariationFour Knights Game – Scotch Variation: Opening trends change all the time. People play whatever is played the most at the top level, whether that opening suits them or not. Many players like to follow the latest trends, dictated by the leading experts in the opening.
Planning Chess Games Like a GrandmasterKnowing what you have to do in a position is the key to getting an advantage and even winning your games. Different positions require different approaches. You can’t attack in every position, just as well as you shouldn’t play quietly all the time. It is important to recognize how a position should be played and […]
Max Lange Attack: Complete GuideMax Lange Attack is a dangerous attacking weapon that White has at their disposal in a number of openings. You can reach the same position from six different move orders and we will take a look at those in a moment. The line got its name after Max Lange, a German player, theoretician, and problem […]
How to Find a Winning Plan?Find a Winning Plan: Every chess game is a collection of small plans that players come up with in order to advance their forces and outplay the opponent. Once the home preparation is over, the two players have to prove their understanding of the position on the board.
10 Reasons to Play Sveshnikov SicilianSveshnikov Sicilian: The Sicilian is the most popular answer to 1.e4 and is one of the openings we can find at any level, from club players to the very top. The reason why so many players employ it is it usually arises from unbalanced positions, with good fighting chances for both sides. It is also […]
Positional Chess: Complete GuidePositional Chess: To improve at chess and become a strong player, one needs to include all parts of the game in their training. Tactics and strategy go hand in hand during a game and it is usually difficult to separate the two. One might be more present throughout a game than the other. But, they […]
10 Things You Can Learn from Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik is one of the classics every player should study. He was the 6th World Champion and held the title for almost 15 years, though not consecutive. But he is also widely known as the Patriarch of the Soviet Chess School, as he trained many strong Grandmasters, with some of the most famous students […]
How to Improve Your Endgame Play: Complete GuideChess can be divided into three parts: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Each one of them is equally important and, in order to become a strong player, one should include all of them in their training routine.
How to Attack the King: Complete Guide for Club PlayersAttacking games are always exciting to watch and analyze. It is fascinating to watch top players and World Champions conduct mating attacks, finding brilliant ideas and making show-stopping moves and sacrifices. There are players who are innate attackers and for whom creating complications, playing for the initiative and finding creative ideas comes naturally.
How to Win in Equal Positions: for Club PlayersHow to Win in Equal Positions: Winning a chess game is not an easy task. The days when you could win a game out of the opening are long gone. Everybody is very well prepared and the amount of information available on openings is overwhelming. Powerful computers deeply analyze most openings, which makes novelties much […]
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