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3 Best Games of the Week

For this week we have chosen a Slav Defense, an English opening and a Kings Indian defense with 7...Na6. They all have in common very lively play with fancy attacks... read more 

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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


Psychology of Chess Mistakes: 7 Must Know Types E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:45

chess mistakes Today we will talk about psychology of chess mistakes, or simply why do players make these mistakes. If your goal is to improve your game, the first step you need to take is to identify the mistakes you are making, and only then you will be able to prevent them. This is a translated article originally published in Russian, and written by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky in “Chess Bulletin” #17, a father of Soviet Chess School. He discusses most common types of chess mistakes based on his own experience and games against players such as Alekhine, Lasker, etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:26
Top 10 Tactical Tricks Every Chess Player Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

10 tricksToday we will go over 10 most important tactical techniques that every chess player must know. It is a part of the training process to learn about each of these techniques and to be able to apply them in your own games.

Once you understand these things I suggest solving tactics and playing practice game to put these concepts into work.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:59
5 Chess Combinations to Solve Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:17

chess tacticsTactics training is a very important element for any chess training program. Unless you are at least 2400 rated, your tactics vision is not that great and it is something that can dramatically improve your overall level if worked on consistently. Let me give you a simple analogy. Just think that your chess ability is a horse. A weak tactical vision means that your horse has only one leg instead of all 4. Is it easy to ride a one-legged horse?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:30
Top 4 Chess Training Options: Review E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 23:46

chess training options Many chess players ask me the same question, how to improve at chess. There are different options available that can get you where you want to be with your chess.

In today’s article, we will look at different training options and will try to figure out which ones make sense and which ones not so much.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 10:27
3 Hardest Mate-in-4 Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

mate in 4Few days ago we have released an article 5 Chess Combinations to Solve Today. These weren’t exactly the hardest problems as some of the readers pointed out. That is why today we release these mate in 4 problems (they are much harder). So, if you want to challenge your tactical ability, this is your chance. Solve these 4 tactics problems, and compare you answers with the solutions posted at the end. Good luck!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:54
5 Rules of Positional Chess Every Player Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 16 November 2014 21:25

positional chessMost chess games are decided in the middle-game where the main action takes place. In the opening players just deliver pieces and put their king to safety preparing for an assault. There are three most fundamental chess elements that decide level of a player: positional understanding, combinational vision and calculating ability.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 10:49
Improving Your Tactical Vision: 5 Chess Position to Study E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

tacticsIt is well know that in order to improve your positional understanding you need to study games of stronger chess players. What do we do about tactics? Do you need to solve tons of problems? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. You need to solve the right type of tactics, the ones that actually have occurred in real games.

I have good news for you though. By studying today’s problems you will not only improve your tactical vision but also will add few ideas to your positional arsenal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:11
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