Honest Chess League

Honest Chess League

FM Gertsog
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3 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Cheating is a big problem in online chess. Each tournament usually has 2-3 participants who use computer assistance. And this is certainly unfair to the other participants. Some cheaters can be caught and disqualified, but ...

Webinar 48. King Position in Endgames

Webinar 48. King Position in Endgames

FM Gertsog
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17 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I’m back from a wonderful vacation and ready to conduct next webinar where you can learn something new in chess what will help you to improve your chess performance! I know that many of you feel uncomfortable when the...

Webinar 46. Positional Pawn Sacrifice

Webinar 46. Positional Pawn Sacrifice

FM Gertsog
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Aug 19, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! Do you like to sacrifice the material? Amateurs usually sacrifice the material in cases when they see that this sacrifice provides them a full compensation. And how to understand that you get a “full compensation”...

Webinar 45. The Technique of Playing Rook Endgames

Webinar 45. The Technique of Playing Rook Endgames

FM Gertsog
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Aug 12, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! People always ask me about how to play the endgame: what plan to apply, what to attack and how to not lose the endgame. When we talk about middlegames, first thing that comes to our mind is a kingside attack, second –...

Summer Tournament Week 4

Summer Tournament Week 4

FM Gertsog
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Aug 10, 2020

My Dear Chess Friend! This article is written by @jay_1944, a member of Online tournament that I organized recently. And it reflects his impression about the the 4th round of our tournament! Hi all! Week 4 of FM Neustroev's Online Summer Tou...

Summer Tournament Week 3

Summer Tournament Week 3

FM Gertsog
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Aug 7, 2020

My Dear Chess Friend! This article is written by @jay_1944, a member of Online tournament that I organized recently. And it reflects his impression about the the 2nd round of our tournament! Hi all! Today is Sunday which means round 4 pairin...

Summer Tournament Week 2

Summer Tournament Week 2

FM Gertsog
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Jul 31, 2020

My Dear Chess Friend! This article is written by @jay_1944, a member of Online tournament that I organized recently. And it reflects his impression about the the 2nd round of our tournament! Hi all! Happy to say week two's match had another ...

Webinar 43. How to Evaluate a Position Properly?

Webinar 43. How to Evaluate a Position Properly?

FM Gertsog
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Jul 29, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! You know, guys, strong chess players usually say that the correct assessment of the position - is half the battle! And I agree with them. It’s highly important to get a clear understanding of the assessment of the posit...

How to Teach a Child to Play Chess

How to Teach a Child to Play Chess

FM Gertsog
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Jul 23, 2020

My Dear Chess Friends! One local magazine asked for an interview about teaching kids and I decided to publish it here. Interview with FIDE Master Viktor Neustroev - a professional player and coach. July 20th is traditionally celebrated as th...

Webinar 42. How to Play with a Closed Center

Webinar 42. How to Play with a Closed Center

FM Gertsog
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Jul 22, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! When I conduct lessons for beginners, I usually recommend them to play open positions. Why? It’s much easier to find a good move in the open position. Usually open positions also have some tactical opportunities, but wh...

Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice Explained (Video + PGN)

Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice Explained (Video + PGN)

FM Gertsog
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Jul 21, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! I know that most chess players prefer to capture the material rather than to sacrifice. But sometimes you can’t really exploit your advantage without sacrifice. It’s fine when you are able to calculate the line fr...

Webinar 41. Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice

Webinar 41. Dynamic Pawn Sacrifice

FM Gertsog
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Jul 15, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! I know that most chess players prefer to capture the material rather than to sacrifice. But sometimes you can’t really exploit your advantage without sacrifice. It’s fine when you are able to calculate the line fr...

Summer Tournament Round 1

Summer Tournament Round 1

FM Gertsog
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Jul 10, 2020

My Dear Chess Friend! This article is written by @jay_1944, a member of Online tournament that I organized recently. And It reflects his impression about the tournament! Hi all! Just finished playing my first game of FM Viktor Neustroev's On...

Webinar 39. How to Prepare for the Tournament Game

Webinar 39. How to Prepare for the Tournament Game

FM Gertsog
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Jul 1, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! You know openings are important. However, if you are 1200 or 1300 Elo, of course, it’s not so important. Because it’s very often when your opponent can deviate from the standard opening line and because of low lev...

Chess Tournament Registration (45'+30")

Chess Tournament Registration (45'+30")

FM Gertsog
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Jun 29, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! This is FM Victor Neustroev and I'm glad to announce that I conduct our next tournament! I'm sure you were waiting for it. I received several questions about when it starts and who is allowed to play. On Chess.com or other ...

Webinar 38. Blitz Simul with FM Victor Neustroev

Webinar 38. Blitz Simul with FM Victor Neustroev

FM Gertsog
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Jun 19, 2020

Hey Chess Players! I get several requests to play a game from chess players around the world every day! But unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to play with everyone! That’s why instead of our regular webinar I decided to conduct...

Webinar 37. Bishop vs Knight

Webinar 37. Bishop vs Knight

FM Gertsog
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Jun 11, 2020

Dear Chess Friends! It’s very common when confrontation between Bishop and Knight can decide the game! A bishop is more active when it has open diagonals and to keep it active pawns should be located on opposite-colored squares. You may ...

5 Things You Didn't Know about Chess

5 Things You Didn't Know about Chess

FM Gertsog
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Jun 10, 2020

Hey Guys! This is FM Viktor Neustroev and in this video I’m going to tell you about 5 things (or facts) that you probably didn’t know about chess. I’m sure you’ll find them interesting and what is more important, a knowle...

How to Read Your Opponent?!

How to Read Your Opponent?!

FM Gertsog
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Jun 7, 2020

Hey Guys! I believe every chess player wants to know what happens in his opponent’s mind: what plans he has, what ideas he wants to realize and, of course, what lines he calculates. If only we know the lines that our opponents calculate, w...