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La partida del día

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Following games Online, the new method of chess training

Following games online is one of the newest and most effective methods of training for the busy chessplayer. When I say busy, I’m talking about people who can’t dedicate a lot of time to working on chess because of different reasons. The good thing about following games is that you can nowadays do it with ease, thus making use of all that time that is considered to be “wasted” time. For example, when traveling or when just sitting idle by the beach. In our articles for The Chess World  we have recommended this  method more than once. When you’re following a game you should not hurry and turn the engine on in order to  entertain yourself, but you should try to learn, from theory to new ideas and patterns. I was glad to find out that Jacob Aagaard also recognizes this approach in his last book Thinking Inside The Box.… Read more

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5 Consejos para progresar en el Ajedrez.

A menudo me preguntan ¿qué puedo hacer para progresar en ajedrez? La verdad es que mi respuesta siempre es la misma, ambigüedad entre el “no lo sé” y el “estudia como el que más”.

Me gustaría escribir aquí mi opinión sobre lo que creo que necesita cualquier persona para mejorar hasta conseguir un nivel razonable o al menos que sea competitivo. Primero me gustaría exponer mi visión del ajedrez y contaros un poco de historia sobre mí.

Para mí es muy importante mantener la humildad ante la grandeza de este juego. El ajedrez es demasiado complejo y tiene cosas inexplicables, propias de un juego que se juega con la mente, el corazón y .. llamémosle coraje. Cada persona tomará las decisiones que mejor le convengan y no existe una única manera de jugar ni de entender el juego. Además de esto se suma la entrada de las computadoras que traen jugadas que dejan en evidencia a los Maestros más dogmáticos.

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Remembering a genius.

Vugar Gashimov was one of the greatest talents that chess has seen in the last 20 years. A player with an unique vision of chess who made every game entertaining in his own way. Gashimov often chose sharp openings, full of play, no matter what the theoretical reputation of that line was. He was never afraid to take risks and he became the secret idol of many chess fans who enjoyed following his games all the time (The writer of these lines is one of them).

More than once Gashimov was compared to Mihail Tal – the Tal of our times, they used to say. Not only their playing style was similar, but also their opening choices, with the Benoni and 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf as main points of comparison.

I met Gashimov in 2004, over the board. It was the Calvia Olympiad and I was representing Chile at that time.… Read more

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