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3 Best Games of the Week

For this week we have chosen a Slav Defense, an English opening and a Kings Indian defense with 7...Na6. They all have in common very lively play with fancy attacks... read more 

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Chess Problem # 8

The 1st Place was taken by Anatoly Mukoseev (Russia). The following is a beautiful two-mover from the solving contest. Give it a try... Read More

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It’s Your Move #16

“I can’t see you saving this game,” said the player with Black. “I’m a rook up already, and I’m going to get a second queen for good measure.” Read More

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3 Biggest Psychological Blocks That Prevent You from Improving at Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:37

mental blocks at chessMany chess players want to improve their game. Most, however, do not realize that psychology plays a huge role in this process. Today we will talk about 3 most deadly and common mental blocks that prevent 90% of chess players from improving at chess.

These 3 simple things, if addressed, can make a huge difference in your game. The first one is…

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 09:37
 
3 Best Games of the Week: US Championship E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 21:45

hikaru nakamura The first game of this edition is a positional masterpiece by Alexander Onischuk in the Catalan Opening.

Black emerges out of the opening with a cramped position and is unable to neutralize white's pressure.Very instructive how white left black with only a his bishop buried and out of play on the a8 square.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:01
 
Isolated Queen's Pawn: 4 Things to Know E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

isolated queens pawnPositions in which an isolated central pawn appears are a common element in chess. In this article we will look deeper into the advantages of this pawn structure and how to exploit them.

First of all, to know how to play these positions (no matter what side you're on) we must understand certain concepts about the isolated queen's pawn.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 09:05
 
10 Best Chess Games by Paul Morphy E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

paul morphy best gamesToday we will explore some of the best games played by the legendary Paul Morphy, an American chess player who was considered to be one of the greatest chess players of his era. Morphy was an unofficial world champion from 1858 to 1862. Bobby Fischer wrote about Paul Morphy that he was "perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived".

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 21:47
 
5 Tactics to Find: Straight from Grandmaster's Games E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

tacticsSolving tactical exercises is a crucial part of training for any competitive chess player. If you only choose to work on a single element of chess, focusing on tactics is an obvious choice to get real results.

These problems are taken from the actual Grandmaster games, and therefore it is the best type of tactics which will help you to improve your game.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:13
 
Fundamental Pawn Structures: Hanging Pawns E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

hanging pawnsContinuing our series of strategy and middlegame articles we are going to dedicate this issue to the pawn formation known as ''hanging pawns''.

See the next diagram.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 21:47
 
3 Best Games of the Week #5 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:00

chess gamesOur first game was played in the first round of the strong Aeroflot tournament, between Mamedyarov and Savchenko. Mamedyarov is well known for his tactical instinct, capable of turning any position into absolute chaos.

In this seemingly quiet queen's gambit declined, he shows no mercy for his opponent.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:28
 
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