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    • Chess game is NOT IMPROVING

      I've been playing chess for many years now. I've watched YouTube videos, done lessons tactics, endgame, strategy etc you name it. What is the key to it? It seems in every game I play I make 2 to 3 blunders. Or I'll have a superior position one mom... | Read More

      • B88M
      • | Apr 26, 2015
      • | 4 views
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    • Comedy of Errors

      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
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    • Stepping Away from Chess Again

             Ever 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 w... | 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

    • Long Form Analysis

      This is my plan for long form analysis.   I've developed it from FM CharlyAZ's Hardcore Guide to Analyzing Your Chess Games. Mostly I've paraphrased for clarity and identify for myself a solid timeframe.  Maybe sometime I'll turn it into an a... | Read More

      • AnnaEA
      • | Apr 16, 2015
      • | 277 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Natalia Pogonina: "The race after titles, fame and money is destroying people from the inside&a

      Natalia, my congratulations to you on an inspiring performance! What were your expectations for the Women’s World Chess Championship? The bookmakers didn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in you: one of the companies estimated the odds of y... | Read More

    • An Intro to FM Kostya's Blog

      I've been thinking about starting a consistent blog here on chess.com, but I'm not sure what I should write about..there's a lot about chess that can be explored! I have no concrete reason or incentive, I simply enjoy the process of writing and f... | Read More

      • hellokostya
      • | Apr 14, 2015
      • | 1074 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Ending study

      This is a game played recently I annotated. the egregious blunders aside, it was a very interesting ending/ Queenless Middlegame (R+R+B+N+5 vs R+R+B+N+5).  I follwed some principles incorrectly before looking for alternative moves. My 17 for bl... | Read More

      • Eidol
      • | Apr 13, 2015
      • | 173 views
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    • Austin Rodney (1170) vs Kevin Rector (1279) 0-1

      This game is from the Urban Knights Classic 2015 played in Little Rock Arkansas March 14, 2015. It was my final round game in my first tournament in 20+ years. Considering that this was my return to tournament chess and I had forgotten almost ev... | Read More

    • My first blog

      This is my first blog post so I will give some background on my chess life, how I use chess.com, and post two games. I have played chess since I was a kid (I am currently in my late 20s), with various degrees of seriousness and success. I played ... | Read More

      • Simpo137
      • | Apr 11, 2015
      • | 132 views
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    • Were old masters really worse than present masters?

      Have blogs replaced starting a forum for Premium members at Chess.com?  If so, I guess I will stick to blogging. I will blog later today on a computer analysis I did to shed light on GM John Nunn's assertion that the masters of old made more blu... | Read More

      • Nimzoditch
      • | Apr 11, 2015
      • | 251 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Quotes

      1. "By the time a player becomes a Grandmaster, almost all of his training time is dedicated to work on this first phase. The opening is the only phase that holds out the potential for true creativity and doing something entirely new." - Garry Kas... | Read More

    • Learning to Play Chess: Weekly Analysis 4

      Well it has been a few weeks since my last blog post. I am still playing and learning, just haven't been able to sit down and write a review of some games. I have enjoyed some time doing some of my other favorite hobbies.    Some sweet Disc ... | Read More

    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 3

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome to the final article in the series Dealing With Time Management and Time Troubles. In the prior two articles we covered a step-by-step strategy to prevent you from EVER getting into Time Troubles as well as a System of M... | Read More

    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome Back to the continuation of Dealing with Time Management and Time Troubles.  In Part 1 we reviewed an extensive and easy plan to help you to NEVER get into time trouble during a decisive chess game. Today we will answer... | Read More