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Sochi 2014

world chess championship 2014

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


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


ChessBase Magazine # 162 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

chessabase1ChessBase Magazine is the flagship of ChessBase and released every two months.

Our columnist offers review of a recent issue-Ed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:00
10 Most Common Flaws Chess Players Have E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

chess flawsPreviously we have talked about the most common problems that adult chess players are facing when they are trying to improve their game. Today we will explore this topic a little deeper. We will talk about the most common flaws that chess players of different strength levels have.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:09
The Pawn Triangle: 5 Things to Keep in Mind E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 22:33

pawn triangleToday we will start covering some of the very important pawn structures. In this lesson we will learn the basics of a so-called pawn triangle. This is a very common structure that occurs in many different middlegames. All competitive chess players need to know what you can and cannot do in this pawn structure.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:09
10 Reasons Why Adult Players Fail to Improve at Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

adult chess Many players are asking me the same question, is it possible to improve at chess in their 30s, 40s or 50s? Is it possible to start playing at 30 or 40 and make it to at least a FIDE master’s level? What are the main obstacles that prevent the majority of adult players to make progress at chess and reach their goals? Let’s take a closer look.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 10:00
Beating the Najdorf Sicilian - The Karpov's System: Part 2 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

najdorf-part2Today WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos continue their discussion on beating the Najdorf Sicilian for white. Previously, we have looked at 10…Nbd7 variation. This time we are focusing on what happens if black responds with 10…b5.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:01
Beating the Najdorf Sicilian: Part 1 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 23:52

beating NajdorfIn today's lesson WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos will take a look at one of the most common black's responses  after 1. e4 - 1...c4. The opening will be looked at from the white's perspective, featuring most common and successful plans in defeating the Najdorf without playing sharp variations and risking to lose the game. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 December 2014 14:18
Top 10 Tactical Hits by Magnus Carlsen E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

magnus carlsen tacticsToday we will explore some of Magnus Carlsen’s tactical combination that brought him many victories. By going over his games and putting yourself in his shoes we will evaluate the positions carefully and learn how to apply these tricks in your own games. Here are all 10 tactical hits by Magnus Carlsen:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:05
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