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    • Saved by Peter Svidler

      Have you ever spent time working on your opening repertoire only to discover your results get worse instead of better? Having recently put a lot of effort into studying the Gruenfeld, I was optimistic about a new thematic tournament on Chess.com i... | Read More

    • Fourth round: beating my first 1900+

      Hi again, here it is the fourth game at XXVII Internacional Vila de Sant Boi. After losing the third game very badly I faced Jordi Cots, a strong player (for a U1950 tournament) who was a bit delayed in the ranklist because he could not play the ... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | May 17, 2015
    • A very exciting Icelandic Championship

      A very exciting Icelandic Chess Championship for the year 2015 is underway. This year we probably have one of the strongest if not the strongest editions ever! A remarkable 6 GM's are participating in this 12 players round robin. This tournament ... | Read More

      • zibbit
      • | May 16, 2015
    • Targeting a square

      They say that there is a first for everything. Who are 'they' you ask? I don't know, but they say it anyway. In this case, the more interesting word is 'everything', which indicates the abstract (?) concept of playing to control a square. I have n... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | May 11, 2015
    • An intro my blogs

      Hi! I'm fourpawnskewer, an avid chess player and user of chess.com. I've decided I want to start blogging some of my chess games and thoughts. Not much structure or punctuality will be in these blogs but I hope you're all right with that. I'd like... | Read More

    • Kostya's Blueprint (to Chess Mastery): Learning Structures

      Let's work our way backwards for a moment and try to break things down as much as possible... What's the point of chess? To test yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in a battle of wits and intellect against a fellow human. Ok maybe tha... | Read More

      • hellokostya
      • | May 10, 2015
    • Third match and first lose

      Hi again, yesterday I played my third game in the XXVII Internacional Vila de Sant Boi. It was a very disappointing game, not for the result itself (I'll lose lots of games in the future, I hope), but because the fact I actually didn't play a ch... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | May 8, 2015
    • Converting Arena's automatic analysis log to a PGN file

      This program converts automatic analysis log from Arena to an annotated PGN game. It basically mimics the computer analysis feature which unfortunately is limited to only 1 game per week for the freemium members. The output makes it easy to spot m... | Read More

    • Not All Chess is Equal: Computer Influence and Historical Development of Two Chess Formats

      Not all chess is equal, nor does time treat it as such. Correspondence chess and over-the-board (OTB) chess, while similar to each other in some respects, are dissimilar in many other respects. For example, the time limit is a more pressing consid... | Read More

    • Review of the 6th simul in live.chess.com. VIDEO & PUZZLES!

      Hello everyone! It was already sixth simul and I should say that opponents became even stronger! Some games goes on the scenario that I'm not expected, in some I made really tough blunders. My thoughts, my ideas you can find below in the video in ... | Read More

    • Learning to Play Chess: Weekly Analysis #5

      Attacking is hard. I have been spending time working on trying to organize and execute midgame-endgame plans and a lot of that has revolved around how to attack my opponents position. Last week in one of my games I showed a fairly good attack but ... | Read More

    • 45 45 (4)

      This time a really long game of more than 3 hours. I was happy that I didn't make any serious mistakes at the end. For my preparations I looked at the slow time control chessgames from my opponent, but also a bit at the statistics (scored good or... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 26, 2015
    • Too Many Blunders

      Hi Everyone! I just wanted to share with you an interesting game I played in March at the State Championships. My opponent, SM Mika Brattain (rated 2470) had 2.5 points going into the final round, while I had 2 points, so the winner of this match ... | Read More

      • SidArun
      • | Apr 26, 2015
    • Stepping Away from Chess Again

             Since I came back for tournaments in March 2015 for USCF tournaments, I gained some rating to get back to around USCF 2100 by playing several really fine games and tournaments against players rated sub-2000 and masters as well. ... | Read More

    • Musings of a Moron

      I'm at the board, this past Wednesday, round four out of five, my opponent is rated 1551. For this tournament, we play one rated game per week. I'm White. My rating is 1201. The time control is G90 with a 5-second delay. This is my third game agai... | Read More

    • Live chess: a last minute queen comeback

      This was my fourth game of live chess, and though it was still rife with blunders and embarrassing silliness, it finally came together in the end.   I played as white, which worried me at first because I'm normally more comfortable as black when ... | Read More

    • My first chess.com tourney

      I played my first tourney a few weeks ago, and I decicded to share my games! :) My first game My second game I played horrible this game :( My next games were MUCH better :) This is another game in which he was low on time so I just made ra... | Read More

    • Learning to play Chess: Caro-Slav structure

      In an effort to actually get better I have started to learn about pawn structures starting with the Caro-Slav. Starting to study these has been eye-opening by showing just how clueless I am about chess. But I suppose that is natural for everyone s... | Read More

    • Creating a Plan?

         I have always found that "thinking of a plan" comes hard in chess. How do I know what's a good move and what's not? How do I know I'm not going to get forked?      Well, lets think about it. I know I'm a beginner, but I have a couple ide... | Read More

    • Another Latvian Gambit success story

      I've just now started trying to play live online chess. It's a little scary for someone like me who's been playing turn-based for years, and hasn't ever really played against a human with a clock ticking (even if it's 30 minutes and I never come c... | Read More