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7 Master Tips to Improve Your Opening Play E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

7 master tipsIn modern chess practice, the opening phase has become an essential factor of the game. For every chess player, from grandmaster to beginner, having a good opening preparation is a necessity in order to obtain good results in over the board games. Usually, the help of a chess coach can do a lot to improve your opening knowledge. However, it is also possible to do some self-study. Here is some advice that will help you through the process.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 11:23
10 Greatest Grandmaster Tactics E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:37

gm tacticsTactics is a probably single and most important element at chess. Oftentimes, it is something that decides if one wins or loses the game. Chess players spend a lot of time working on tactics by solving chess studies, puzzles, etc. That, however, doesn't address one very common issues that club players are having. They are simply not aware of certain types of tactics. The only way to learn it, is by actually seeing it in game. In today's article you will see some of the "sophisticated" grandmaster tactics, that you can apply in your own games. Let's get started.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:10
5 Best Games by Richard Reti E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:38

reti best gamesRichard Reti was one of the top players in 1910s and 1920s. In New York 1924 tournament he played 1.Nf3 d4 2.c4 (aka Reti Opening) to defeat the World Champion Jose Capablanca. That was Capablana’s first defeat in 8 years! Reti have set a record by playing 29 simultaneous games blindfolded. Reti is also a famous chess studies composer and a writer. In this article we will learn from some of the best Reti’s games.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2016 09:24
10 Best "Multi-Queen" Chess Games E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

multi-queen chess gmaesQueen is by far the strongest chess piece. Losing a queen on any level typically means losing a game. But what if you have not one, but two queens? Does it mean that you are actually winning the game? You would think so, but ironically in some games having more than a single queen is not a guarantee of success. Today we will take a look at some examples from grandmaster chess, when one or both sides have more than a single queen on the board.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 09:23
King’s Indian Defense Dealing with the Four Pawns Attack E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

king's indian defenseThe four pawns attack is one of the most aggressive lines against the King’s Indian Defense. From a very early stage in the opening white grabs a considerable amount of space, hoping to put black in a crammed position. The drawback of this system is that sometimes white finds himself overextended and his mass of pawns in the center becomes a weakness rather than strength. 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2016 09:21
5 Reasons to Try Different Openings E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

5 reasons to try different openingsMany chess players get stuck on certain opening lines and never move on to something else. In many cases these openings are not even the best bet for the player. They only play it because their coach suggested it, or they have friends who play the same lines or maybe they saw it in their favorite chess book. Today I will tell you why it is a good idea to try something different.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 08:59
10 Best Games by Victor Korchnoi E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 21:32

Victor Korchnoi was one of the best chess players of the time. Korchnoi was a candidate for World Championship title in 10 occasions, nevertheless he was never able to obtain the title. Korchnoi has a long list of accomplishments including winning Soviet Chess Championship 4 times, winning European Team Championship 5 times, and winning Team Chess Olympiad 6 times. In 2006 he won Senior World Championship.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 09:17
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