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ChessBase Magazine #161 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

chess base ChessBaseMagazine is the flagship of ChessBase and released every two months. Our columnist offers review of a recent issue-Ed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:45
IM Sagar Shah - How to Improve at Chess E-mail
Written by IM Sagar Shah   
Sunday, 28 September 2014 12:42

sagar shah chessToday I have interviewed a 24 year old IM from India, Sagar Shah (2468 ELO), and asked him 10 questions about  improving at chess.

Sagar has suggested a few things that will be very important for those seeking to make progress at chess.

He shared his own insights about training at chess, and suggested a couple of good chess reads that helped his game. 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 08:48
10 Life Lessons from Viswanathan Anand E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin (translated)   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

anand1Viswanathan Anand is the first Indian Grandmaster and the 15th World Chess Champion. Anand learned to play chess at age of 6. In 1983 he won Sub Junior Indian Championship with a perfect 9/9 score.

In 1987 he became the first Indian Grandmaster and won the Junior World Championship. In 2007, Anand took the World Championship title away from Vladimir Kramnik and defended the title against Topalov and Gelfand the following years. In 2013 he lost the title to Magnus Carlsen. Now that he has won the Candidates’ in 2014 he would have a chance for winning back the title from the Norwegian.  Here are the 10 Life Lessons from Anand: 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:43
WGM Natalia Pogonina - How to Improve at Chess E-mail
Written by WGM Natalia Pogonina and Yury Markushin   
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

pogonina Previously, I have interviewed GM Alexander Ipatov, and asked him quite a few questions about how to improve at chess.

Today we will continue our Grandmaster interview series by discussing a similar set of questions with WGM Natalia Pogonina (2508 peak ELO), one of the strongest female chess players in the world.

Natalia Pogonina has recently won an Olympic Gold Medal in Tromso, Norway  as a member of Russian National Team.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 10:05
How to Work on Your Chess: The 5 Step Method E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

how to work on your chessToday I will talk about the 5 very important steps every chess players should take in order to improve their chess. These are the most fundamental training techniques that every chess players needs to do in order to make progress at chess and to get better at chess.

I will describe the things you need to do in order to improve you playing strength in a step-to-step manner.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:45
5 Tips to Remember When Solving Tactics E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

chess tactics tipsMany chess players know that ability to find tactics over the board is a key to success on any level. Chess players solve lots of tactics and even see some positive results after doing it. However, the results are not as dramatic as many players would expect by spending significant amount of time on this task.

What’s going wrong here? You will be surprised if I tell you that many chess players do not solve tactics in the right way. What do I mean by that?

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:16
5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever: Part 2 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

hardest mate in 2: part 2Solving chess tactics is an important part of any chess training program. Today we present a continuation of the first series of 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever that was released previously.

The greatest composers of 20th  century created these 5 compositions we are offering you to try. It's not your typical mate-in-2 problem where you need to find an obvious fork or a mate. Here you need to take a few minutes (hours?) to think how to cooperate the chess pieces in a single, the most effective and deadly way, to... deliver a checkmate in 2 moves. Take your time, don't move until you see it!

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 September 2014 19:26
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