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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 Tuesday, 17 February 2015 23:39
 
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
 
Doubled Pawns: Weakness or Strength - Part 1 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 17 January 2015 00:00

doubled pawnsIt is very frequent that, after the trades made during a game, the pawn structure changes and doubled pawns appear on the board. As a result, both pawn and pieces mobility is affected. There can be isolated doubled pawns, when none of the pawns can be protected by another pawn and doubled pawns defended by another pawn, creating an outpost in the structure.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 11:46
 
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
 
10 Best Chess Games by Mikhail Botvinnik E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

botvinnikMikhail Botvinnik is considered to be one of the greatest chess players in the world, and 3 time World Champion. He was also a prominent chess coach, with students including Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. Today we will take a look at 10 of Botvinnik's best chess games.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 11:30
 
5 Tactical Positions to Solve Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

tacticsToday we  present 5 positions taken from high level games and involving some sort of tactical motifs. These are not typical, straightforward mate-and-3 problems. You need to be creative in order to find the combination winning material and the game. In many cases you need to consider alternative responses of the opposite side to consider your solution complete. Give it a try, post your solutions in the comment field below!

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 13:04
 
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