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    • Correspondence Chess - 2014 Electronic Knights - My First Round Games

      As detailed in my previous posting on correspondence chess, two of my six first round games of the 2014 Electronic Knights tournament were forfeited by my opponents within the first few moves. These two games are not presented here. However, the r... | Read More

      • Ace_Club
      • | Sep 16, 2014
    • I made it! (However briefly - LOLZ)

      I thought that Caïssa would forever block me from reaching the 1800-rating level.  Way back in the early 1980's, playing over-the-board (OTB), I could get into the lower half of the 1700's (USCF), but never higher.  Too many mistakes, blunders,... | Read More

    • Online Chess

      Online Chess Playing chess online fast tracks your all-round development In this Internet age where knowledge about anything and everything can be gathered at the click of a mouse, playing chess online is one of the best options/sources availab... | Read More

      • munnu_jain
      • | Sep 8, 2014
    • Annotated Standard #11 Caro-Kann Bronstein-Larsen

      Not certain what happened with the [%emt] stuff, I didn't really care enough to take it out. This game was exhilirating, but I didn't deserve the win. The guy offered me a draw after Rxh3+ and I just got so aggravated that I pummeled the attack i... | Read More

    • King Activity

      Hello again, I'm back on chess and I can say I changed my style in that endgame ricky situations that i used to lose. Thank you for the comment Tomppeli, i didnt read it until now, but it was exactly was i was making myself focused in: The King ... | Read More

      • Jorgerally
      • | Sep 6, 2014
    • Such a long pawn chain !

      Today, i played a very interesting game, against tarekbakr65 , he lost due to some unfortunate blunders,and i managed to have what i think it is the longest ( maybe strongest ) pawn chain possible. I don't know how that happened, i just played ... | Read More

    • Making a full point out of a rather lost position

      This is a last roung game I played against a very talented Greek youngster. (yesterday!). White came out of the opening (a Modern Benoni) with a clear positional advantange. However, after my bitter experience a couple of rounds earlier (where I... | Read More

      • pfren
      • | Sep 2, 2014
    • The 10 Commandments of Chess You Need to Know

      According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high." The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Sep 1, 2014
    • Warming Up (Once Again)

      After yet another long hiatus, I'm very excited to get back to live chess, and especially the wonderfully organized events of the DHLC! Before the first round of the 17th Slow Swiss tournament, I played two black games in the weekly single-game ev... | Read More

    • 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
      • | 1 comment
    • 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