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The FIDE Grand Prix Tournament has just commenced at Baku, Azerbaijan. This is the first of the four in the series to determine the candidates for the next cycle of world championship. Read more


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7 Reasons to 'Like' Chess Club Live Page E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

chess club liveThere are hundreds if not thousands of chess pages and groups on Facebook. Some of these pages are poor, some are okay, and some are great. How do we decide if the page is a good one or not? Most readers choose to ‘like’ the page or not based on its content. If they find it appealing and useful they go ahead and subscribe. What makes Chess Club Live different? Let’s find out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:57
Professional Opening Repertoire Preparation: in 3 Easy Steps E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

pro-openingMany chess players have a wrong idea about opening preparation, how it should be done and what you should expect from a good opening repertoire. They think that by memorizing a few lines in some opening they would be able win a game after game easily.

They think that the cause of all their failures is the opening preparation, when in fact it is their tactical vision (or lack of it). However, on the higher level opening starts playing a much more important role. In fact, on Grandmaster’s level, it often becomes the most important part of the game.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 08:42
10 Best Chess Games Garry Kasparov Ever Played E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

kasparov-gamesToday we are presenting a collection of 10 games played by arguably the best chess player of all time Garry Kasparov. He held a World Championship title from 1985 – 2000 when he lost it in a match against Vladimir Kramnik. Kasparov also holds numerous chess records, including being number 1 in the world rating list from 1986 – 2005, 225 out of 228 months, and becoming the youngest ever undisputed champion by defeating Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov holds record for 15 consecutive professional tournament wins and 11 chess Oscars.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:35
5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever: Part 3 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

5 hardest mate in 2Today we are continuing our traditional tactics training session by introducing 5 new mate-in-2 problems. I want to remind you that in order to get maximum results from solving tactics and improve your visualization skills you need to find solutions in your head avoiding shuffling pieces on a practice board.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2014 10:48
Analyzing Your Own Chess Games According to GM Yusupov E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

analysis chessAnalysis of your own games is extremely important part of self-development process. I’m sure that without a proper evaluation of your own games, deep analysis of critical positions, identification of key mistakes and patterns it is almost impossible to make serious progress as a chess player.

It does not mean, however, that the analysis of your own games is the only task a chess player needs to do. Of course, studying classical games, learning elementary endgames, common middle games and some opening theory are also important for becoming a stronger player.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:52
10 Fundamental Chess Principles According to Steinitz E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

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Wilhelm Steinitz was an Austrian-American chess player and the first undisputed world champion. In early years his style of play was rather sharp, aggressive and full of sacrifices. Later he came up with his own scientific theory enunciating principles of chess: both for attack and defence.

Today’s article covers 10 of his most important principles that can be used in your own games.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 22:26
How to Master Bullet Chess: The Insider Tips E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

mastering bullet chess Recently I had a brief conversation with one of the top internet bullet chess players in the world and I want to share some of the secrets with you. He have played tens of thousands of bullet games (1-2 minutes per game) against the strongest competition. This player have shared his own vision of this game which dramatically differs from classical chess. The main difference, of course, is that both players experience extreme deficit of time.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 08:50
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