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 Endgame Study #12

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It’s Your Move #17

You are playing against Magnus Carlsen in the Blitz Championship. He has drifted into a lost position with some careless play. Read More


5 Instant Chess Confidence Boosters E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

confidence Many chess players ask me over and over again how to become more confident over the board. These players struggle from the lack of confidence and lose when they should’ve drawn or even won. Lack of confidence is a HUGE problem for many amateur players. If they've dealt with that problem efficiently, they could've easily taken their game to the next level. In today’s article, will we learn about 5 ways of boosting your chess confidence.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 08:49
What is New in Theory? ( August-September 2015) E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Sunday, 04 October 2015 20:30

what's new in theoryOur columnist offers a glimpse of updates from ChessPublishing.com on recent trends in openings-Ed.

My friend, Max was bemused. “What is wrong with you? Day after day you stare at the same position, saying nothing.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 21:30
Learning from The Grandmasters: Judit Polgar’s Attacking Skills E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Judit Polgar Attacking Skills Attacking is one of the most important and brutal forms of winning a game. While some players are born with these skills, others like more quiet positions and need to acquire those attacking skills as well. Solving tactics and studying typical sacrifices is, of course, very important, but knowing all this could turn out useless if a sharp, attacking position is rarely or even never reached in your games.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 08:46
7 Signs You Have a Potential for Becoming Grandmaster E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00

grandmasterMany chess players wish to know if they will ever become Grandmasters. There are many exams available that can estimate your current strength, but none can tell you whether you can become a GM or not. Today we have compiled a short list of very important signs that may suggest you have a real potential for obtaining the highest chess title. Curious to find out if that’s about you? Read on!

Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 08:35
Philidor Defense: Everything You Need To Know E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

phillidorThe Philidor Defense is an excellent practical weapon to play for a win with the black pieces. The opening name is given thanks to the famous 18th century player François Andre Danican Philidor, who advocated 2...d6 as an alternative to the common 2...Nc6. Philidor's original idea was to play f7-f5 on the next move, challenging white's center.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 08:41
Playing Against The Trompowsky: A Standard Response E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

trompowskyMany times we face the Trompowsky variation as black during tournament or casual online blitz. It is certainly an awkward opening, especially if black does not know what he is doing. The Trompowsky has been employed by many attacking players, such as Nakamura, Grischuk, Mamedyarov and many others.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 08:49
Sacrificing the Exchange: Part II E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

exchange sacrificeSome time ago, we wrote about the common resource of sacrificing the exchange in order to change the character of the position drastically. These changes could be taking over the initiative, break your opponent's defenses or they could just be positional sacrifices, for example sacrificing the exchange in order to obtain a superior pawn structure, or obtaining a strong outpost for a minor piece in the center.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2015 08:49
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