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11 Immortal Games of Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

immortal chess gamesThe original "Immortal Chess Game" was played by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky in London on June 21, 1851. Series of sacrifices made by Anderssen made this game probably the most famous game of all time. He gave up both rooks, bishop, queen and delivered a checkmate with 3 minor pieces. This game was called "an achievement perhaps unparalleled in chess literature". Today we will take a look at this great game as well as some other games that truly qualify to be called immortal.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 10:26
The Benko Gambit: Zaitsev Variation E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

benkoThe Benko gambit (also called the Volga gambit) is one of the most popular choices against 1.d4 in modern practice. It gives the second player the opportunity of setting up a strategic battle mixed with tactical elements that turns out to be successful very often. Although this opening never became a main weapon at the highest level, top players like Veselin Topalov, Alexei Shirov, Michael Adams and Evgeny Bareev employed it quite often, producing very exciting and double edged games.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:08
21 Days to Supercharge Your Chess - Part 2 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

supercharge 2.0Our original program 21 Days to Supercharge Your Chess was a huge success. After the launch in September 2014, hundreds of players from all over the world have completed the course, improving their game.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 10:19
3 Chess Training Habits That Hold You Back E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

chess habitsIn this article we will discuss some of very common training habits that a lot of chess players have without even realizing it. It seems like they do everything correctly study GM games, solve tactics, etc. But somehow that is not effective and their chess does not improve. Today we will look at the “why” part.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 10:08
15 Best Chess Games by Jose Raul Capablanca E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

capablanca best games Jose Raul Capablanca is considered to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. He held a World Championship title from 1921 to 1927 until he lost it to Alexander Alekhine. Capablanca was known for his exceptional   endgame skills, and ability to precisely play technical endgame positions. Because of his mastery and simple style of playing he was nicknamed as “Human Chess Machine”. At the same time Capablanca had an outstanding positional judgment and superb tactical skills. He played both positional and attacking chess when it was necessary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:51
Doubled Pawns: Weakness or Strength - Part 2 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:00

doubled pawns 2In the first part of this article we have discussed how to play against the doubled pawns and exploit their weakness. It is very important to remember that they are not always weak and there are situations when doubled pawns represent an advantage.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:40
10 Best Games by Alexander Alekhine E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

alekhine Alexander Alekhine was the 4th World Chess Champion and is widely considered to be one of the greatest chess players that ever played the game. In his early twenties Alekhine was already one of the strongest players. After beating Jose Capablanca and becoming the world champion, Alekhine dominated world chess arena for many years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:10
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