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    • Road to 2k: Ruy Lopez and Pressure Application

      When I first started out in May 2015, the first thing I wanted to learn was openings.  The reason for this is (from someone who was completely out of the scene 6 weeks ago verse you guys who probably forgot what that is like) is because openings ... | Read More

      • sarkhon
      • | Jul 2, 2015
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    • Starting Out

      I'm not sure if anyone will ever read this, but I figure it's high time I put some of my writing ability to work and start chronically my journey through chess.   A little about me first though.  I learned how to play chess at the most basic st... | Read More

      • sarkhon
      • | Jun 30, 2015
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    • 2015 Monroeville June Zephyr

      Today was a really strange day for me. To be honest I'm not really amused at the results, but maybe someone reading this will disagree. As far as I know this is the only Monroeville tournament of the year with monetary prizes, which may have aide... | Read More

    • Bad Blitz Habits

           When I became a member on Chess.com, the professor who referred me to the site advised me to stick to 15 minute games or longer if I wanted to truly improve my chess ability. His reasoning being that longer games provide enough time to stu... | Read More

      • dillarse
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • Mama mia!!! What a mistake-a to make-a!!!

        When I play (maybe some of you too) a 5-minute blitz games, I always have one thought/question on my mind which reads: "Why the hell I play 5-minute blitz games when in thus I don't have enough time to think about my actual move or the current... | Read More

    • Back Rank/Queen Sacrifice

      On the chess.com tactics trainer I often see a back rank checkmate with the defending rook pinned. I finally managed to spot a mate like this in a recent blitz game. My opponent cooperated when his queen left the g8 square vulnerable, leaving the ... | Read More

    • Norway Chess 2015 - Round 5

      It's good to have rest days. The players returned crazier than ever and plethora of blunders followed: Hammer pre-moved (!!!) and lost, Grischuk was slow as usual and couldn't solve the usual Carlsen problems and Caruana misjudged an endgame. The... | Read More

    • A Road Map to Higher Ratings

          Hello Chess Fans, Throughout history we've been fascinated by children who can beat experienced adult chess players and even Masters: Paul Morphy, Jose Capablanca and Samuel Reshevsky are in that category before the time when volumes o... | Read More

    • What the Pawn Sacrifice Poster Says About Chess Players

      I am one of those guys who spends most of his life wishing that he could go to film festivals to catch the latest and greatest independent films from across the globe. Instead of actually going to these festivals, however, I am most likely doom... | Read More

    • What to do when your opponent blitzes moves in a rapid/standard game

      Hello everyone! I know I have been posting a lot recently, but currently I am preparing to play in the  3e Rencontres internationales des échecs francophones the biggest OTB chess tournament held in the Province of Quebec. It will be my first ... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | Jun 9, 2015
      • | 336 views
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    • How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it

      How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it   The thought process of many players is: See which moves are "blunders"-> filter these moves out-> start logical thinking ->  come up with a move -> blunder check ... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Jun 8, 2015
      • | 1664 views
      • | 14 comments
    • White to Play And Lose

      Okay, in the chess position, Black has just checked White with f7-f6. White has an insurmountable lead. Yet, he can manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. How does he do this?         ------- Believe it or not this happened i... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 7, 2015
      • | 376 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 3.0/3.0 at West Chester 1st Saturday Quads!

      Well, this was a great start to my chess summer! I won first place in my quad and took home 50 bucks in a 3.0/3.0 sweep at West Chester 1st Saturday Quads in PA. One thing I have to admit that was each one of opponents made significant game change... | Read More

    • Sixth OTG game, blunders festival :)

      Hi again, here it is (a bit late) my sixth game at XXVII Internacional Vila de Sant Boi. This time I played black against a young player named Pedro Escoriza. It was the fourth sicilian game in a row, although my oponent chose to play a not very... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Jun 2, 2015
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    • When friends turn out to be engine users

      I guess I am a sap.  I have had three friends on the site, who I have played against, turn out to be engine users.  It is sort of shocking to me, because they were nice people in chat and in messages (well, two were - the third was sort of a cre... | Read More

    • Chicago Open 2015

      Last weekend, I competed in the U2300 section of the Chicago Open. With a 2266 rating going in, I had some hopes of winning the tournament, but having foregone my chess studies recently, there really wasn't much to hope for in such a competitive f... | Read More

      • Bab3s
      • | Jun 1, 2015
      • | 1238 views
      • | 4 comments
    • No0bs at Bullet Chess

      No0bs like bullet chess because there is a way to win without any skill. It is called winning on time. In fact, let me show you a game full of blunders: As you can tell, this is a game of bullet chess between two no0bs ( no offense to Barcelona_... | Read More

      • EliTeDavee
      • | Jun 1, 2015
      • | 218 views
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    • No0b Openings.

      So noobs like me play really bad openings. For example, look at one of my games: As you can see, I have a really low rating and make tons of blunders. However, no0bs can also play half-decent openings (I'm black):   (The reason I have a hig... | Read More

      • EliTeDavee
      • | May 28, 2015
      • | 304 views
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    • I'm absolutly disgusting in bullet today (idiotic blunders + lags)

      I'm absolutly disgusting in bullet chess today (idiotic blunders + lags). I've dropped more than 50 points of rating. What a disaster! (((   | Read More

    • September 25, 2014 (KID)

      Continuing posting of my earlier live chess games.  Here's one I lost as Black with the King's Indian Defense, due to some blunders. | Read More

      • rkd1
      • | May 27, 2015
      • | 200 views
      • | 3 comments