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Yury Markushin
05.12.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.12.2011

No other master has such a terrific will to win. At the board, he radiates danger, and even the strongest opponents tend to freeze, like rabbits when they smell a panther. Even his weaknesses are dangerous. As white, his opening game is predictable – you can make plans against it – but so strong that your plans almost never work. In the middle game his precision and invention are fabulous, and in the end game, you simply cannot beat him. ~ chess quote by Anonymous-German Expert

Yury Markushin
05.12.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.12.2011

Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer. ~ chess quote by Albert Einstein

In Chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated. ~ chess quote by Emanuel Lasker

Yury Markushin
05.10.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.10.2011

Every pawn is a potential Queen. ~ chess quote by Mason

It cannot be too greatly emphasized that the most important role in pawn endings is played by the king.  ~ chess quote by Siegbert Tarrasch

The Passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient. ~ chess quote by Nimzovich

Yury Markushin
05.10.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.10.2011

The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations. ~ chess quote by Reti

In the perfect chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment. ~ chess quote by Yates and Winter

Yury Markushin
05.10.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.10.2011

Openings teach you openings. Endgames teach you chess! ~ chess quote by Stephan Gerzadowicz

The strategy requires thought, tactics require observation. ~ chess quote by Max Euwe

Yury Markushin
05.06.2011
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Yury Markushin
05.06.2011

I have written previously that tactics is a very important part of chess. In fact many chess games are being resolved due to some form of tactics: sacrifice, fork, pin, double attack, skewer, etc. Therefore, regularly practicing tactics will not only allow you to play better attacking chess, but will also make you see things your opponent is planning to do and hopefully to prevent it. You already may know that it is possible to solve tactical problems on this website by going here; these are pretty straightforward positions which are not very hard to solve.

The problems posted below are not exactly your ordinary tactical puzzles. The main difference is that you need to find the way to mate in the specified number of moves. Many of them are really easy to solve without this limitation. But they are very hard to solve in required number of moves, so our goal is to obey this rule. This week’s tactical studies will only include “mate in 2” problems. If you think it’s too easy, think again.  The solutions and next 7 problems will be posted next week. Good Luck.

 

Yury Markushin
04.27.2011
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Yury Markushin
04.27.2011

If you are reading this, you are probably one of those players who wish to become a better chess player and to win games (or at least not to lose). I’m sure that there is no need to tell you that becoming a better chess player is a huge job, which requires many things such as:

Desire (you really must want to become a better chess player, no matter what it takes)

Time (you must have a free time for your chess education)

Appropriate Training Program (it’s a lot better to have some training program than none, if you’re serious about chess)

Money (it is useful to have some sort of recourses you can invest to hire a coach, buy books and other chess supplies)

Yury Markushin
04.15.2011
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Yury Markushin
04.15.2011

This article is mostly intended for inexperienced chess players, who decided to play competitive chess and looking for some hints. However, even an “occasional” tournament chess player may find some of the ideas discussed and things advised here useful for their chess careers.

A very first thing a player needs to understand before he goes to a chess tournament that it’s a huge challenge, both mentally and physically. A player who only played a semi-competitive game of chess with his friends, no clock and no real pressure don’t know what he is about to face in a real tournament.

Yury Markushin
04.01.2011
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Yury Markushin
04.01.2011

Here is a small collection of unique chess clocks. Some of the clocks are so beautiful that players using them are in danger of getting into time trouble. Since today’s post doesn’t have any “chess education” linked to it I would like to check the viewer’s observance (it is surely an important skill for a chess player) by asking to identify the object below which is not a chess clock?

Yury Markushin
03.29.2011
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Yury Markushin
03.29.2011

What are the problematic opponents? Problematic opponents are those opponents who are about your strength or weaker, but against which you’re unable to show good results. For example, we know that if a rating difference between you and your opponent is 0 points; you are expected to win about 50% of the games. Of course, there will be some draws, but if you play 10 games, hypothetically you should get 5 points. Now, what if you get only 2 or 3 or even 1 point? That means you are facing a problematic opponent. Even though your chess strength is about the same as his, you’re still unable to get your well deserved wins.