The countdown to SAJCC: how to better your endgame

With still a few weeks left before the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC), now is the time to make sure you're well prepared.

We are counting down the weeks to the championships by focussing on different elements of the game each week. This week, we are looking at the endgame.

If you don’t know where to start, here are three great books to look at.

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Why our girls need chess

Chess can be a powerful tool to help girls identify themselves as leaders. In celebration of Women's Day, we look at why our girls need chess.
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Six chess books you should own (and why)

For every discipline worth studying, there is a set of iconic books, a couple of classics that never go out of fashion. Chess is no exception. But with so many chess books on the market, it's often difficult to know which are the essentials to add to your collection. Here are our top picks.
Roline Pretorius
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Ju Wenjun is the 17th Women's World Chess Champion

Earlier this month, Ju Wenjun secured her title as the 17th Women's World Chess Champion. In the tenth and final game of the championship match against Tan Zhongyi, Zhongyi had to win the game and looked desperately for opportunities, but she could do nothing against the cautious play of Wenjun.
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Why buy an electronic chessboard

Is trying to switch back and forth between analysis positions on a computer screen to a 'real' chessboard hindering your chess progress? 

Some players think so, finding it difficult to adjust to playing over the board when having stared at a 2D computer screen. Of course, you could just play the moves on the computer and copy them to your physical board as a way to regain perspective. This begs the question: is it worth buying an electronic chessboard?
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What we know about Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana emerged victorious after knocking out the competition at the 2018 Candidates Tournament in Tuesday’s final round. This is big news for the Americans. A US grandmaster hasn't won the title since 1972 when Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky. Here's what we know about him.
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Better your chess by doing these five things

With the Candidates Tournament 2018 currently underway in Germany, you have to wonder what makes these players so good. The tournament is an eight-player double round-robin, and the winner earns the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2018 for the title. While we can't all be as good as Magnus, we can improve our game. Here are five things you can do to better your chess.
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Five ways chess can boost your CV

Chess is a great hobby. But did you know it can help you outshine other candidates in the job hunting space? Chess might just be the factor that sets you apart. We discuss five skills you've gained from chess to showcase on your CV.
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Let it be chess

Ah, a new year. It seems like a logical time to take on a new hobby, and we've got just the thing: chess! But don't just take our word for it. Here are the top 5 reasons you should take up chess this year.
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Five tips to recover from a tough tournament

It happens to everyone. You go into a tournament well prepared and think you might strike gold, but then something happens to throw you off. You get off to a bad start and never recover, leaving you feeling worthless and defeated.

Thankfully, it's not the end of the world. And you can still bounce back in the next event. Here are four tips to recover from a disastrous tournament.
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Ten things that make for a good chess coach

When it comes to improving your chess, there is often debate as to whether or not to hire a coach. If you've opted for lessons, how do you make sure you're getting the best value for your money?

Here are 10 things that a good chess coach should be doing.
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Five reasons you should play chess with your children

You'll find at least a couple of hundred search results for why you should encourage your kids to play chess. Better gradesImproved problem-solving skillsEnhanced life skills. The list goes on.

But have you ever thought about why you should play with them? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should be playing chess with your kids.
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