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3 Best Games of The Week - 25 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:00

best games of the weekFor this week’s edition we have chosen three games played in the recently finished Qatar Masters which treated us to some very strong and exciting fights.

We are going to start with a brilliant victory of the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen over the talented Chinese player Li Chao.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:03
Fire on the board: The Yugoslav Attack in the Sicilian Dragon E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

yugoslav attackThere is no doubt that the Dragon variation of the Sicilian is still one of the most attractive options for black against 1.e4, especially at club level and beginners. The main reason for this is the aggressive nature of this variation where black places his bishop on the long diagonal with the intention of fighting for the initiative from the very start of the game.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 11:07
The Perfect 1.e4 Positional Play According to Michael Adams E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

positional playThe English Grandmaster Michael Adams has been a reference player for the past 20 years in the sense that he has kept his position among the elite players.

His playing style is very positional, always trying to squeeze the small advantages without taking many risks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:42
10 Best Chess Games on Queen's Gambit E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

10 best games on queen's gambitQueen's Gambit is one of the most popular openings on all levels from amateurs to Grandmasters. That's why it is extremely important to know the key ideas of this very important openings. In today's article, you can go over some of the best game played on different variations of queen's gambit and learn some of the new ideas that you can directly apply into your own games.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016 10:03
10 Best Games on Sicilian Defence E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

sicilianSicilian Defense is one of the most common openings that can be seen on all levels of chess competition.  If you are the 1.e4 player the chances are very high that your opponent will reply 1…c5 and transpose into some variation of the Sicilian Defense.

It is very important to know how to play this famous opening for both sides, for White as well as for Black. In this article we will explore some of the most famous game on Sicilian Defense.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 10:00
Formulating Winning Plan: 4 Steps to Follow E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

planning An important notion that one comes across when starts studying chess is planning. As in everyday life, you need to know what you are going to do on the chessboard.

Not only this, but you should try to find the best idea in accordance to your position.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2016 10:09
Isolated Queen's Pawn: The 3 Attacking Patterns E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

isolated queen's pawnIsolated queen's pawn positions can arise from many different opening systems, either with white or black pieces. I've always found curious how Grandmasters enjoy playing IQP positions on either side, sometimes fighting against the isolated central pawn, sometimes with it, exploiting its benefits to the maximum. These positions seem to have a special charm for chess players.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:52
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