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6 Ways Chess Masters Think Differently E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 03 October 2016 00:00

7 ways masterc think differentlyWhat is the difference between a chess master and a regular player? Everyone wants to learn the secrets of the masters eventually becoming one. Chess players are constantly looking for a recipe to improve at chess. They focus on things like tactics, endgame mastery, opening theory but fail to address the most important issue – THINKING. In this article we will discover the six ways chess masters think differently from the rest of the field.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2016 09:22
Queen vs. Pieces E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

queen vs piecesVery often in our chess games we face difficult decisions at certain stages of the struggle. A queen sacrifice could be one of them. More than a sacrifice, we would like to call it an unbalanced exchange of our queen for two or more enemy pieces.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 23:01
Hedgehog According to Karpov E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 26 September 2016 00:00

hedgehogThe Hedgehog is one of the most popular set-ups for black nowadays and it can arise from several openings. However, it is one that’s not on everyone’s taste. Black willingly gives white a space advantage right from the start and chooses a compact position where his pieces are placed behind the wall of pawns. After the exchange of the black c and white d-pawns, black continues by placing his pawns on a6, b6, d6 and e6.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:58
The Torre Attack Against the Nimzo - Queen’s Indian Defenses E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

the torre attack nimzoThis article is a continuation to our previous survey on the Torre Attack against the Indian Defenses with 1…Nf6 and 2...g6. Once we have studied the Torre system against the Fianchetto Defenses, it is time to have a look inside the equally popular Nimzo/ Queen’s Indian tandem.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:49
Stop Making the No. 1 Chess Mistake Once and For All! E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

number 1 mistake at chessWhat's the number one mistake that prevents 95% of players from playing better chess? Is it the way they approach openings or middlegames? Is it how they treat tactical complications or theoretical endgames? It actually goes far beyond that. The No. 1 mistake has to do with the core of chess understanding. Are you making the same mistake? The chances are high you do. Find out for yourself!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:35
7 Chess Moves You Should Never Play E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 23 September 2016 00:00

7 chess moves you should never playThere are billions of different chess moves waiting to be played. If you are a novice player it is hard to always know whether the move you are about to play is a good one.  Indeed, it is impossible to suggest a general rule which would allow you to predict how strong the move is with 100% accuracy.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 10:27
Material Imbalances: Queen versus Two Rooks E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

queen-rookDuring a game of chess, a player must constantly evaluate the positions arising on the board. As we have seen before, in order to do this correctly, one needs good positional understanding, as well as attacking skills. After deciding what type of play should be employed, typical chess patterns, such as weak pawns, weak squares, position of the kings, piece coordination, activity, development and so on come into consideration.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2016 11:02
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