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    • Openings: Example Exercises!

      Below you will find some example exercises for openings: We start with a Ruy Lopez, of which the White plan was discussed in the previous post:http://www.chess.com/blog/linlaoda/how-to-know-you-are-studying-openings-wrong How should we proceed ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Sep 17, 2014
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    • How to know you are studying openings wrong!

      I'm not saying you are studying the openings wrong - but ask yourself if you have ever done the following:   1) When you reach a position that you are not familiar with, you immediately turn on the computer and let it "buzz"   take for examp... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Sep 11, 2014
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    • 2014 Sinquefield Cup: Catch it while it lasts

      I'm taking a (very) short break from my opening series and going to point out that a historic tournament is going on: 2014 Sinquefield Cup   I like how there is live commentary - perhaps this is a foreshadowing of how chess can be played on TV ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Sep 5, 2014
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    • The side effects of studying the openings wrong (part 2)

      This is the continuation of my opening series - the first blog can be found here:http://www.chess.com/blog/linlaoda/overemphasizing-the-importance-of-openings-part-1?ncc=1#first_new_comment In this issue I would like to discuss the consequences o... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 25, 2014
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    • Overemphasizing the importance of openings, part 1

      Openings just aren't as important as you or I probably make it out to be. At least the way I used to study it. Using a computer to come up with which openings have the best "score" is in my opinion not a very productive method of studying.   Ho... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 23, 2014
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    • Making master - at last

      I've done it! About two weeks ago my USCF rating crossed 2200 for the first time - oh yeah! I started this summer rated 2140ish and after many lucky tournaments I steadily gained some rating points. I thought I would feel "different" after I gai... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 22, 2014
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    • Dautov shows how to play against the Benko Gambit

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      • NM linlaoda
      • | Feb 11, 2014
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    • A Dutch attack

      Just one of my recent games, as I am experimenting using the Dutch. | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Dec 5, 2013
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    • How to keep your cool after a blunder - move by move analysis

      Thinking (?): What is White's best practical chance after this blunder?   In conclusion: Even though White lost a pawn early in the opening, from then on out it looked as though only White was calling the shots. This was because of Black's i... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jan 10, 2013
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    • Member Analysis (January)

      Feel free to post games that you want analyzed in the comments below Thank you! | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jan 2, 2013
      • | 473 views
      • | 1 comment