February 11, 2021




Hello, my dear chess friends!


I want to tell you about the most recent OTB Tournament that I held last February. Due to lockdown, the last tournament I attended was Rapid Tournament. I must say that I played well, although I slightly lowered my rating...

February 3, 2021




When choosing an opening repertoire, it must meet at least two criteria:


The opening should be relevant. It should not be a trap, but a rather strong opening, which is also used by grandmasters today. For example, Grunfeld Defense for black...

January 25, 2021



How often do you pass the game into the endgame? I have to play the endgame in 70% of all my games. In other 30%, I finish the game in the middlegame with a tactical combination or a strong attack and gain extra material.


Do you know how to play the endgames properly?..

December 27, 2020



This is FM Viktor Neustroev and this is the last video devoted to the best player of all time. And in this video, I’m going to introduce Magnus Carlsen. Wait! Magnus Carlsen doesn't need to be introduced...

December 18, 2020



You know tactics and calculation are 2 main aspects of a chess game. You may point out that positional understanding is another good skill and it’s difficult to imagine a strong player who doesn’t understand the position! And I agree with you...


December 11, 2020



This is FM Viktor Neustroev and we continue our series of 5 videos devoted to the unofficial title “The Best Player of all time” this is the fourth video devoted to the best Indian player Vishwanathan AnandAnand is a national hero in India where chess is quite popular...

December 7, 2020



You know, in chess, success is important for every player. Many of us, including myself, are terrified of failure. But if you plan to be successful, you must learn to respond to failures accordingly, and restore your spirit...

November 29, 2020



This is FM Viktor Neustroev and this is the third video devoted to the best player of all time. And in this video, I’m going to introduce Garry Kasparov. I’m sure many of you would say that Garry is the best chess player of all time!

November 27, 2020


This is FM Viktor Neustroev and this is the second video devoted to the best player of all time. Who deserves this title? Please, let me know what you think. However, I choose 5 candidates who in my opinion deserve this title...

November 23, 2020



Have you ever sacrificed material being unable to calculate all the lines and be sure that you can gain material back or checkmate?

November 23, 2020




I am glad to announce that we have finished our Honest Chess League 1 Tournament, and I congratulate everyone who participated...


November 22, 2020



In these video series I’ll try to answer the most complicated question in chess – who is the best player of all time? Is it Garry Kasparov? I’m sure many of you would argue with this statement, because at least Magnus Carlsen deserves to get this title...

October 29, 2020



Chess fans everywhere have their favorite chess movies. Here are my top picks, enjoy!

October 5, 2020





I'm glad to announce that we start our Honest Chess League Tournament. I'm sure that all measures I took, will prevent cheating in this tournament. Anyway, I want to ask you play FAIR...

October 9, 2020



I want to share with you where to play for IM or GM norm and how to get these norms. You know that during the time of COVID-19 it is not easy to participate in offline tournaments, but this one is among them...

October 3, 2020




What will the world of chess look like after the Covid-19 pandemic? Of course, the pandemic has made adjustments in almost all areas of human life, and even when it is completely over, many things will remain with us forever...

September 30, 2020




I'm starting a new tournament, but before doing it, I would like to share some analysis of some of the games played in my previous tournament...

September 23, 2020



The game between Alexander Hoffman and Alexander Petrov


September 23, 2020



In 1826 Evans created a sensation in the chess world by introducing his opening in a famous game in London...

September 23, 2020



Alapin Variation is a good Anti-Sicilian opening that can help you to score more points against Sicilian and at the same time doesn't require much knowledge...

September 16, 2020



Cappadocia is a wonderful and special place. There are no all-inclusive hotels, but there is certainly a mystery...

September 16, 2020



Check out the game played in 17th century - King’s Gambit.

August 24, 2020



We finished our Online Summer Tournament and I'm glad to congratulate everyone (who didn't cheat, of course).


And let me introduce the winners! However, before doing it, let's look at the results of the 7th (last) round!

August 22, 2020


Today I want to share a story of me participating in a tournament in Tunisia after 15 years of a chess break.


I decided to resume playing in tournaments under the auspices of FIDE.

I had a choice of where to go: Crete or Tunisia. And, of course, I chose Crete, but...


August 11, 2020



This article is written by Jason Huot - a member of online tournament that I organized recently.


It has been a busy week in chess, making this blog a couple days later then normal. I played 5 games of 15+10 for a CFC rated event earlier this week, continued puzzles/study/review, and played the 5th round of the Online Summer Tournament...

August 7, 2020



This article is written by Jason Huot - a member of online tournament that I organized recently.


Week 4 of FM Neustroev's Online Summer Tournament is wrapping up tomorrow, and week 5 pairings should be up soon. My winning streak came to an end...

July 31, 2020



This article is written by Jason Huot - a member of online tournament that I organized recently.


Today is Sunday which means round 4 pairings will be published around midnight here. Round 3 went well, working up another positive result...

July 30, 2020


This article is written by Jason Huot - a member of online tournament that I organized recently.


Happy to say week two's match had another positive result...

July 22, 2020


People have been playing chess for more than 1500 years. The game is known all over the world, and has long been considered not only a sport, but also an art. Today the popularity of chess is growing. Not only children, but also adults learn to play, participate in tournaments.


Why is this trend observed? How do I teach a child to play chess? I have recently given an interview about this and much more...

July 20, 2020


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 from the beginning to the very end. But what if the position is too complicated and you can’t?...

July 13, 2020


This article is written by a member of Online tournament that I organized recently. And It reflects his impression about the tournament!


Just finished playing my first game of FM Viktor Neustroev's Online Summer Tournament...

Jun 30, 2020


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...

July 10, 2020


This is FM Victor Neustroev and I'm happy to announce my next webinar!


I believe every chess player prefers to attack rather than to defend his position. However, usually one player attacks, the other one defends the position. If the player, who attacks, succeeds with his active play, he might be able to deliver a checkmate...

Jun 21, 2020


This is FM Viktor Neustroev and in this video I’m going to tell you my chess story. How I started playing chess, how I became a title player and then a FM. This is the first part of my story where...



Jun 10, 2020


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 knowledge...

jun 7, 2020


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...

May 28, 2020


When to sacrifice pieces. Good question! And usually a strong player (Master or Candidate Master knows the answer). However, for many club players the answer is not clear. That’s why I decided...

May 26,2020


My Dear Chess Friends!

We are about to finish our 2nd Online Tournament! 7 rounds were played and what we...

May 19, 2020


Have you ever heard such a phrase “controlling the center is to control the game”? I believe yes, because it’s absolute...

May 13, 2020


Hi! This is FM Viktor Neustroev.

You know, it’s a real pleasure to get your opponent trapped into an opening (that you preparedwell) or just create a trap during...

Apr 12, 2020


Dear Chess Friends!“Chess is a game of unlimited beauty, but it’s not just checks and attacks, you have to be creative.” This is what Garry Kasparov said on his Master Class and I 100% agree with him...

Apr 18, 2020


Dear Chess Friends! People sometimes ask me if there is a certain strategy that helps to win regardless of what your opponent plays. Have you ...

Mar 30, 2020


Dear Chess Friends! You know every chess player wants to play better, but it’s very often when he repeats the same mistake many times, because he ...

Mar 24, 2020


Dear Chess Friends!I created a video where described top 7 aggressive chess openings that I played in my games! 3 of them are for white and 4 ...

Mar 20, 2020


Dear Chess Friends! This is FM Victor Neustroev.You know many chess tournaments all over the world are cancelled due to coronavirus ...

Feb 5, 2020


My Dear Chess Friends! Do you like to play against 1.d4? As for me, I really enjoy the positions I can get there. After 1.d4 white usually has 2 options: To play ...

Jan 28, 2020


My Dear Chess Friends,On Sunday I conducted a Master Class for Beginners and for those who missed it I would like to show a fragment where I ...

Jan 24, 2020


Dear Chess Friends, I’ve already posted 2 articles: About mistakes that beginners make (and, of course, I shared my ideas of how to avoid these ...


Jan 20, 2020


Dear Chess Friends, I decided to continue the topic about beginners’ chess progress and this post is devoted to how to solve puzzles. I’m absolutely sure v...

Jan 17, 2020


Dear Chess Friends, Nowadays chess becomes more popular among adults. Let’s say if, for example, 20 years ago chess coaches had to teach ...

Dec 2, 2019


My Dear Chess Friends! In this post I want to share with you where to play for IM or GM norm and how to get these norms. Everything is based on my own ...

Oct 17, 2019


My tournament in Budapest has finished!Let’s summarize the results. I scored 6 points of 9 what is a really good result and got the 2nd place.I didn’t get an IM norm (7 of 9), but increased my rating by 26 points!If not a stupid loss in the fi...

Aug 30, 2019


Hi There! This is CM Victor Neustroev and let me tell you about my chess adventures in Europe. I live in Novosibirsk, but there are no strong tournaments. That’s why I decided to go to Europe in summer and play in a few. I also took my daughter Al...