Posts by Grandmaster Andrey Gutov Chess Academy

Importance of Chess Studies

The definition of a chess study is a composed position in which there is only one solution and the solution requires creativity and imagination. Chess studies are a great way to improve one’s calculation and imagination; two things that are imperative in chess improvement. Below I have an endgame study that should take 5-30 minutes…

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Netflix Show ‘Queen Gambit’:

The Queen’s Gambit took the world by storm in October 2020. The Netflix TV show was watched by 62 million households in the first four weeks causing the second boom in chess after the rise of chess on Twitch. The story encapsulates a girl, Beth Harmon and her rise in a game that is dominated…

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Classic Games: Why you should study them?

The studying chess classics is important for making progress in positional understanding. We can’t talk about chess erudition if the chess player hasn’t played over and over again the games of Rubinstein, Capablanca, Alekhin, Botvinnik, Smyslov and their modern successors such as Karpov, Kasparov, Anand and so many more modern chess talents. But for a…

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Tactical Creativity..

Due to the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Chicago Open was delayed from May 2020. As a result, the tournament was eventually held on the ICC online platform during Oct 9-11, 2020. The tournament format was: 7-SS, G/75+10. One of our academy students participated and finished with 4.5 points out of 7. The…

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