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Destroying the Opponent’s Castled King E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 28 April 2017 00:00

castled kingKnowing how to attack is an essential part of the chess struggle. An attack can emerge for several reasons – a poor coordination of the opponent’s pieces or a weakness in his king’s shelter could be enough to launch a direct offensive. However, there are other types of attacks that arise very often and this is the situation when the kings are castled on opposite wings. In such positions, the most common method of starting an attack is by throwing the pawns at the castle in order to create weaknesses in the opponent’s pawn structure and open the lines. In this article we are going to explore such techniques with some very nice examples of direct attacks against the castle.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 07:32
7 Lessons From Grandmaster Tactics E-mail
Written by Yury Markuhsin   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

7 lessons from grandmaster tacticsThe best way to learn something new is by observing how that’s done by professionals. Chess is no exception. There is no need to stress about the importance of tactics, especially for under 2200 rated players. Ability to find tactics, and survive complication is often a decisive factor in an amateur game. If you want to achieve progress in this area, you should go over grandmaster’s tactical combinations and practice finding those in your own games. To give you a jump start, we invite you to see those 7 GM games decided by tactics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:21
7 Finest Endgame Plays E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 21 April 2017 11:15

7 finest endgame playsEndgame is a very special phase of the game. It is not only special because each pawn, tempi and a wrong move can lead to a disaster, but also because endgame is  decisive. Memorization and tactics won't be as useful here. Success mostly depends on the fundamental understanding of simple positions and technical skill. If you want to progress as a chess player working on endgames is the must. It is literally impossible to become a strong player without a deep understanding of simple endings. Today we will look at some of the finest examples of endgame play.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 April 2017 11:34
4 Things to Know Before Trading Queens E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

queen tradeThe art of exchanging pieces is one of the most important and effective tools in a chess game. Knowing what piece of yours and which one of your opponent’s should be taken off the board is something that one learns through experience and deep study of classical games. However, for beginners and club level players this may be a difficult task.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 April 2017 07:52
4 Things to Know about the Sacrifice on g6/g3 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 24 April 2017 00:00

4 things to know about sacrifice g6When preparing an attack against the enemy king it is important to know the typical sacrifices and attacking patterns. We have already covered most of the ways to start an attack and the most common tactical ideas in our previous articles and today we will take a look at another potential target of attack – the g6/g3 square. The main purpose of this sacrifice is the complete demolition of the kingside pawn structure in order to use the newly open files and diagonals to deliver mate. Most of the times the sacrifice on g6/g3 is possible thanks to the partial weakening of this square (either the h or the f pawn has left the 7th rank).

Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 10:49
5 Most Beautiful Chess Combinations E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 17 April 2017 10:40

beautiful chess combinationsStudying chess combinations is one of the sure and proven ways to improve your games. By simply observing and understanding how Grandmasters were able to pull out one tactics trick after another, it is possible to learn and start applying those in your own games. If you combine this exercise with rigorous tactics drills you will soon start seeing a positive trend in your rating development.  Today we will witness some of the most beautiful chess combinations. Let’s get started!

Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 10:58
9 Masterpiece Games You Must See E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

9 chess masterpieceOne of the best ways to learn chess is by closely observing how Masters and Grandmasters play the game. If you want to improve, you should spend  certain amount of time analyzing and going over the games of strong players everyday. The key is to understand why the moves were made, what was the plan and thinking behind it. You can learn enormous number of ideas from studying classic games. Today we will take a look at 9 of those games, fully annotated for your convenience.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:11
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