Yury Markushin is a co-founder of TheChessWorld, as well as an enthusiastic chess amateur rated just below 2000 USCF.
Yury’s passion for chess is evident in his many contributions to the chess community. In addition to co-founding TheChessWorld and ChessLance, Yury has also written numerous articles on various chess topics. His insights into the game and ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner have helped millions of players around the globe.
Outside of chess, Yury is a dedicated husband and father and enjoys spending time with his family. He also has a strong interest in technology and is constantly exploring new ways to use it to improve the chess-playing experience for players around the world.
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The Big 5In the previous post, I shared the 3 reasons why average players only improve under 100 points a year. Quick recap… Time, Consistency, and the Method (or lack of it). And if you don’t wish to spend 5 years going from 1500 to 2000 (seriously, who does?)… this is for you.
Don’t Use This Strategy…Did you know that a typical chess player improves on average under 100 points a year? At that pace, it’ll take you 5 years to reach 2000 Elo if you’re currently 1500… or 7-10 years to reach 2200… But, the reality is… most people will give up halfway, and will never make it. And there […]
Announcement and a Small Favor!We are putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited Road to 2200 Program. We have been working on this for more than 8 months now, and we are finally going to wrap it up! We don’t have the exact release date yet, but I promise it will be out very soon [November – December 2022].
Win with Evans Gambit with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]Here’s a fun fact. Fischer beat Reuben Fine in a friendly game in just 17 moves. Opening used? Evans Gambit. Fine later said Black’s job gets more difficult in this opening since you can’t play …d6 or give up a pawn to gain equality.
Queen’s Gambit Declined with …h6 with FM Zaur Tekeyev [TCW Academy]Are you looking for a serious upgrade to your anti-1.d4 repertoire? If you play Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD) with black pieces I have great news for you. FM Zaur Tekeyev is here to present a trendy novelty when it comes to QGD! ***
Trompowsky Attack with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]Trompowsky Attack: Are you a 1.d4 player? Tired of Black knowing all the White’s plans and shifting gears into Slav, Nimzo, King’s Indian… resulting in slow, impossible-to-win positions?
Sicilian Defense: Sveshnikov Variation with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]Sveshnikov Sicilian: It is no secret that Sicilian Defense is the single strongest response against 1.e4. In fact, Sicilian is so strong, that many players switched to 1.d4 altogether.
Czech Pirc with GM Misa Pap [TCW Academy]1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6… The moment you play the 3…c6 move – you enter the realm of Czech Defense. The c6/d6 setup gives unmatchable solidarity to Black’s position. You don’t have to commit to any particular structure yet. And do get creative with your pawn breaks and the queen.
Blumenfeld Gambit with GM Misa Pap [TCW Academy]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5… That’s one of around 30 ways to reach the Blumenfeld Gambit – a peculiar position where Black is ready to sacrifice a pawn and gain massive central control in return.
Play Fantasy Variation vs. Caro-Kann with GM Misa Pap [TCW Academy]Fantasy Variation vs. Caro-Kann? Caro-Kann is easily one of the most solid defenses Black can come up with. Almost ZERO holes in the position. But great chess players say, when there exist no holes, you must poke… and create them.
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