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New Trends in The Italian Opening E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00

new-italianThrough the years the Italian opening, also known as Giocco Pianno (Italian for “quiet game”) has always been under the shadow of the ever popular Ruy Lopez as white’s main weapon against 1…e5. One of the reasons for this is that the positions arising from the Italian are far less complex than the ones that can arise in the Ruy Lopez’s labyrinth.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 08:50
 
3 Most Common Mistakes Beginners Tend to Make E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

common mistakesIf you want to improve your chess and become stronger you must analyze your own games in order to realize your own mistakes and work on them. This is a well known and effective method to get better at chess. However, not many people do it properly.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:13
 
5 Tips to Game-Winning Exchanges E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

winningOne of the most difficult decisions in the game of chess is executing the right trades at the right moment. Many beginners trade pieces deliberately during the game and only start thinking about the consequences when it's already too late.In this article we are going to approach this subject and give you some tips and questions to ask yourself before executing a trade.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 06:40
 
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess for Under 2000 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

5 ways to improve your chessImproving your chess level is not possible over the night. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication. And even so, there are no guarantees that a significant improvement will happen. Moreover, what a player studies a day can show several weeks or even months later. However, beginners should not be intimidated by this. In fact, the journey of chess improvement is full of self reward and entertainment. In this article we will give some tips on how beginners can improve their level working by themselves.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 12:45
 
3 Things That Prevent Us From Winning "Won Games" E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 04 July 2016 00:00

3 things that prevent us from winning won games Materializing the advantage into a full point is an issue that will go along with you during your whole chess career. Frank Marshall pointed out that “Winning a won game is the hardest thing in chess”. Well, not really; defending a lost position is probably harder, but what he meant is that it's never easy to complete the task and finally force your opponent to resign. In this article we will have a look into this aspect of the game in order to understand why is it so difficult to achieve the ultimate goal of the game, especially for beginners.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 10:13
 
5 Ways to Stop Blundering at Chess (once and for all) E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

5 ways to stop blunderingWe all enjoy a good game of chess and hope to produce games that we can proudly show our friends or students. However, sometimes things just go wrong at some point and it’s probably safe to say that all of us have made, at least once in our life, an inexplicable move that simply turns all the efforts we have put in the game so far into dust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:30
 
7 Master Tips to Improve Your Opening Play E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

7 master tipsIn modern chess practice, the opening phase has become an essential factor of the game. For every chess player, from grandmaster to beginner, having a good opening preparation is a necessity in order to obtain good results in over the board games. Usually, the help of a chess coach can do a lot to improve your opening knowledge. However, it is also possible to do some self-study. Here is some advice that will help you through the process.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 11:23
 
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