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    • Samuel Reshevsky

      Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920 Reshevsky, at age eight, giving a simultaneous exhibition in France, 1920. Samuel Reshevsky learned chess when he was 4 years old. He became known as a child ches... | Read More

    • Chapter 1 - How to Reassess Your Chess (4th edition) by IM Silman (Part 2)

      The next example demonstrates how basic imbalance dialogue can even help solve double-edged, complicated positions: L.v. Nisipeanu - V. Milov, Warsaw 2005 Diagram 19 - White to move                     White could foc... | Read More

    • 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

      • linlaoda
      • | Aug 25, 2014
    • Studying the Classics: 1889 WCC

      Good time of day to you my chess friends, While I know it has been quite some time since I last updated any interesting material on this blog that was not related to some recent tournament in which I competed, I would like to return to more study... | Read More

    • Blunder file: winning with luck and running away "like donkey"

      In reponse to a suggestion from a fellow player that I had won "with luck" and, not having had time to play a rematch subsequently "run away like donkey" I thought I'd analyse the game in question.  In summary I probably was a bit lucky - we both... | Read More

      • yucca
      • | Aug 23, 2014
    • Never Resign... Unless

      Many chess players learn that they shouldn't resign. The reason for that is that there are many premature resignations. Even if you are in a worse position, you should keep playing if there is a hope of defending or creating an attack. No one is p... | Read More

      • yoony123
      • | Aug 22, 2014
    • Good game - Still a loss

      I used the computer analysis function on the site, as part of my Gold membership, to see where I went wrong.  It lists my blunders, mistakes, and inaccuracies.  No blunders, no mistakes, 4 inaccuracies. I can't feel too bad, the player was 150 ... | Read More

    • Frustration game with a physiological chess game

      Maybe chess is not merely won by talent or practice but by physiology? A good example of one of the worst games and most frustrating games I have ever played.  At the start of the game my opponent blunders a queen and I was so focused on the at... | Read More

      • jokerman17
      • | Aug 19, 2014
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    • July & August Bulletins

      My adventures at the Tromsø Olympiad probably deserve a separate blog post, but meanwhile two new issues of The Master's Bulletin have appeared! I do want to share with you guys what we did this summer. July issue As I wrote before, in ... | Read More

    • PUZZLE: Mate in 6!?

      A nice puzzle from a recent game of mine. It's very open ended and has many solutions, so don't be mad if a checkmating move doesn't work. It will just be a different one. If black plays properly he'll only lose his queen but he blunders and fall... | Read More

    • The Grandmaster’s Secrets

      “DO YOU WANT TO GET THE CONCRETE GUIDE ON WHAT AND HOW EXACTLY YOU SHOULD TRAIN TO BECOME A GRANDMASTER?” “Do you want to know how Grandmasters think during a game of chess?” “Do you want to know the secrets of the professional players... | Read More

    • lebesgue72 vs. pachecao2007: Caro-Kann 8/12/14

      Hi again! This is a game I played today. I tried to learn a bit more about the Caro-Kann. Already from move 2, I had no idea what to do. I opted for a d6-c6 structure, with the dark-squared bishop fianchetooed. The light-squared one did too, event... | Read More

      • lebesgue72
      • | Aug 12, 2014
    • اصول 64 گانه شطرنج: کپسولی، مختصر و مفید

      اصول 64 گانه شطرنج: کپسولی، مختصر و مفید 1. Develop your pieces quickly. 1- سوارهایتان را سریعا گسترش دهید 2. Control the center. 2- مرکز را کنترل کنید 3. Try to put your ... | Read More

    • Chess 8 Common Mistakes Beginners Make

      Chess 8 Common Mistakes Beginners Make Random Pawn Moves When you don't know what to do in a chess game, it is not a good idea just to move a pawn. Pawns cannot move backwards, and the position of the pawns determines the weaknesses ... | Read More

      • | Aug 7, 2014
    • Alwin vs. Turtle Game Analysis

      This is a complete analysis of the multiple mistakes and blunders made by Raymond against his game "http://www.chess.com/echess/game?id=94185736" vs. Alwin.   The first of Raymond's multiple blunders was 6. c3? He should have done 6. e4!, demol... | Read More

    • What's your most painful blunder?

      Chess can be the cruelest of games. I was just reading a book on backgammon by the two time world champion, Bill Robertie. In the book, Robertie spent some time commending an excellent play that had backfired in the game. He noted that in backgamm... | Read More

    • GM blunder

      I was looking through some games played in early 1990-s and found two very similar blunders in two different games played by strong GM's on high level, both based on overestimating knight threat (queen attack and check respectively) and missing op... | Read More

      • Meth0dist
      • | Jul 31, 2014
    • Blunders: Funny or Tragic?

      The title clearly describes what i am going to write in this blog. As a living example of an amateur this nasty thing (blunder) happens to quite frequently and it even occurs more in blitzs. When i first heard about this word and saw some actual e... | Read More

      • DNA-h
      • | Jul 29, 2014
    • Hillbilly Attack Fizzles

      The Hillbilly Attack (1.e4 c6 2.Bc4) is not a good response to the Caro-Kann. It generally costs white a couple tempi, and black comes out of the opening with an advantage having completed development first. However, in this game I got over confi... | Read More

      • LearnHard
      • | Jul 26, 2014
    • Venus Fly Trap very rare for me to see

      I forget the name of this smothered mate sequence, if I have the wrong name, I apologize, but it is very rare for me to see this in my games.  I was yelling in joy when I stumbled upon it.  It makes up for 400 blunders that I make each day.   | Read More

      • Romans920
      • | Jul 26, 2014