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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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Mihai Suba, the wizard

During the days of 25th and 31st of July, Sueca, a small town of Valencia, celebrated the second edition of their International Open Ciutat de Sueca. The tournament was filled with the highest rated players in the community, but surely the main attraction (for me) was to see GM Mihai Suba playing again, like in the good old days.  Suba has always been one of my chess idols. His playing style, his fighting spirit is something that one can only admire and try to imitate. His passion for chess is quite contagious; he is always looking at the game with optimism and never giving a position for lost, characteristic for a true fighter.

Suba played some good chess in Sueca, losing only one game against the winner, (FM) Jaime Valmaña (2389) and drawing his last round. I particularly liked his game against (FM) Francisco Montoliu (2326) which is a very typical game of Suba.… Read more

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Position of the day

Analyzing my own games, I found this interesting position from my game against the Grandmaster Stefan Djuric (Serbia) that we played in the second round of an Open in Nebrodi, Sicily. White has been pressing through the entire game, but I tried to make things as difficult as possible for him. My last move 33…Ra4! is threatening to trade his active rook and ease the pressure on my king. There is plenty to analyze here, if you enjoy studying puzzles or solving middlegame problems here is one for you:

TS1 (2)

White to play, find the strongest continuation:
Djuric,S – Castellanos,R
Nebrodi 2015Djuric-Castellanosr5k1/4pp2/3p1npQ/3P1P2/r1R5/6P1/q4P2/3R1BK1 w – – 0 33

Solution will be posted in a few days. Feel free to comment your thoughts.

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New article for The Chess World

Our latest article for one of the leading chess websites on the net: The Chess World has just been published online. In this article we have a closer look at the ”rauzer pawn structure” with example games by Mihail Botvinnik and Magnus Carlsen.


Click on the link below to check it out!

The Rauzer Pawn Structure

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