New students are still welcome! :)

I still have free hours for those who want to have lessons although with the 17 students I have now my schedule is pretty tight! Still you are very welcome to check if there is availability. I am sure it will be possible to arrange a lesson!

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October Rating List

Since today we have a new rating list for October’s Top 100 Women in the World! I am on 35th place!

1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2705 10 1976
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 11 1987
3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2605 9 1994
4 Muzychuk, Anna g SLO 2587 21 1990
5 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2565 21 1985
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2555 8 1987
7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2551 10 1989
8 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2539 9 1985
9 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2528 21 1983
10 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2521 0 1986
11 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2515 20 1986
12 Gunina, Valentina m RUS 2514 13 1989
13 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2514 0 1963
14 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2512 10 1991
15 Khotenashvili, Bela m GEO 2504 10 1988
16 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2501 11 1987
17 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2499 11 1978
18 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2498 21 1991
19 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2493 20 1979
20 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2491 0 1976
21 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2490 9 1984
22 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2482 11 1985
23 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2476 14 1978
24 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2476 8 1985
25 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2474 9 1992
26 Krush, Irina m USA 2470 14 1983
27 Hoang, Thanh Trang g HUN 2470 13 1980
28 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2468 0 1972
29 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2466 14 1986
30 Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2465 0 1976
31 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2464 4 1991
32 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2459 20 1987
33 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2458 0 1982
34 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2456 15 1982
35 Dembo, Yelena m GRE 2454 11 1983
36 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2454 9 1991
37 Hunt, Harriet V m ENG 2450 0 1978
38 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2449 9 1979
39 Socko, Monika g POL 2445 22 1978
40 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2444 9 1984
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The improvement of study-material collection has ended!!!

So, my huge work on improving the collection of study-fragments is totally over! It was really a huge work as I started it back in March (often worked for many hours every day!) and finished only 5 minutes ago! 🙂 . Finally we have 27.419 fragments!

Almost every day I get e-mails from chess-players around the world. Among others questions they ask: “Do you really need to study these fragments?” “Why do you need to study them?” I answer to all of them: You don’t only need to study them. One has to know dozens of themes that I present on my blog very well if you for sure want to have some results in chess. But if you want to play chess very well, then you must know hundreds of these themes. Look, for example, you play the King’s Indian – will you be able to play it well if you didn’t study the themes g5-g4, g4-g3, Bg7-h6, Ng3 sacrifice, f5-f4, Nxe4, d6-d5, etc? Or for example, you play the Ruy Lopez. Will you be able to win if you don’t know the method of using the light square B, what to do after the exchange of knights on g4-square, Nf5 – positional idea, Nf5 sacrifice, d6-d5 breakthrough, c7-c6 breakthrough, etc? And if you play the Sicilian? How to play it if you are not familiar with such methods as f4-f5, f5-f6, g5-g6, Bxe6, Nxe6, g6 and h6 together, Nd5, Bd5, Rxc3 exchange sacrifice and many other methods and ideas?
It is possible to talk a lot about it and it could be a very interesting professional conversation. All these are extremely interesting methods of playing but people correctly say: it is better to see it once than to hear 100 times! 🙂

I would like to add that in almost every my good game, especially played against IMs and GMs, I use many of these methods. Exactly these methods helped me to get the titles I have, the medals, the rating and very good results in big International events.

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Not much work on the collection left!

Today I have finished improving the 400th theme! Only some left to improve! 🙂 The work of 6 last months goes to its end! 😀

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Exactly 300 themes are in ideal up-to-date condition!

As of today there are exactly 300 themes with study-material fragments out of 400+ in up-to-date and ideal condition! The huge work is going to its end! 😀

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