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    • What I learnt from my late friend Nicky

      I’d like to share a bit of my personal life with you guys, and tell you about what one incredibly influential friend of mine has done to changed my life, and made me who I am today. I hope that for anyone who reads this can gain something positi... | Read More

      • famer
      • | Aug 1, 2015
      • | 70 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Saving the Game Through Stalemate

      Did you know that roughly half of all endgames by Master level players come down to Rook and pawn endgames? If you aren’t a master you will still see these endings quite frequently and even more often you will see the possibility of simplifying ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 1, 2015
      • | 257 views
      • | 6 comments
    • MUSIC ANALYSIS: Commentary on Flame’s New Album Forward

      If you're any kind of Christian rap fan, then you most certainly know that Flame has release his revolutionary new album Forward, and with it have come a couple of surprises. For one, this is the first Flame album not to be released of streaming ... | Read More

      • mapayt
      • | Aug 1, 2015
      • | 45 views
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    • Breaking Principles #1

      When most people decide to take that step from beginner to novice, they are told "Two pieces are better than the rook and pawn unless in an open endgame with an active rook." In this game, I sacrificed the two pieces for a tremendous attacking pos... | Read More

    • The b3 Sicilian

      The b3 Sicilian is an attempt by White to get away from mainstream Sicilian plans and get Black out of the opening book. If Black knows what to do, he will get into an equal middlegame. The b3 Sicilian is characterized by these moves: 1. e4, c5 ... | Read More

      • mrchess27
      • | Aug 1, 2015
      • | 82 views
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    • Fighting for First: Spring Open

      (Image courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt) The Spring Open was two sections, Open and Reserve (under 1950).  I asked my husband which he thought I should play, and he said, "You'll learn more in the Open, maybe, but I think you'll enjoy yourself more ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Jul 29, 2015
      • | 244 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Smith-Morra Gambit: Paulsen Formation [2]

      In my previous blogpost with the Smith-Morra Gambit: Paulsen Formation, we could already see how the opening encourages active play and provides tactical opportunities. In my next game I could try-out the pleasure of sacrificing my knight on d5, a... | Read More

      • Ultraman81
      • | Jul 29, 2015
      • | 129 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Winning Pawn Structures: Attacking f7 with the IQP: Part 1

      Baburin's Winning Pawn Structures is an absolutely fantastic investigation of the Isolated Queen's Pawn structures. I first encountered this book several years ago and immediately fell in love with the IQP structure owning largely to Baburin's cl... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jul 29, 2015
      • | 665 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 6 Years

      I recall coming home after visiting the Philippines and not being able to correct my sleeping pattern to belong to the central time zone; and that's when I decided to train myself to play chess. So, there I was reading a book from the Twilight boo... | Read More

    • Significant Olympiad milestones in China's path towards becoming World Chess conquerors!

      The great Chinese juggenault has never been more apparent than in recent months. After their national team had won the Tromso 2014 Olympiad event, Chinese players have gone on to seize the top prizes in significant events around the world. Lu Shan... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 601 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Book Review: Sergey Kasparov's Swamp

      “A Cunning Chess Opening For Black” – Sergey Kasparov New in Chess   “Lure your opponent into the Philidor swamp!” promises the subheading on the book’s cover, accompanied by a ghastly green-and-brown photo of – literally – a s... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 1989 views
      • | 3 comments
    • IM Yaacov Norowitz teaches harmony in chess (Part 1)

      Hey guys, this is IM Yaacov Norowitz. As many of you know, I have a unique approach to chess, which I use in my own games as well as to teach my students. I call it the Dacha Approach. It's based on building light and dark in harmony, With the p... | Read More

      • Yaacovn
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 356 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Chess Castle Summer Classic

      I played my first tournament this past weekend since my break about two months ago.  My games are definitely starting to be more positional but my familiarity with the minor pieces still leaves a lot to be desired. My first game was against one ... | Read More

      • Shi_Tou
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 92 views
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    • Tournament Favourites take top honours in 2nd Singapore Masters Blitz Invitational 2015

      Just 3 months after Singapore's best funded and strongest chess tournament (in recent years) 1st Singapore Masters Blitz Invitational had ended, Olimpiu Urcan and Mark Tan went one better by upping the prize fund to about $2000 for the 2nd Singapo... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 691 views
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    • My Simult With IM Attila: An analysis of the a6 Slav

      Saturday, I participated in IM Attila Turzo's weekly Simult. Its really a great service that Attila is providing in offering these simults as he gives weaker player a chance to play a longer time control game against a strong opponent. More than t... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jul 26, 2015
      • | 609 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Fails and Luck at the 2015 Pan American Junior

      Recently I participated in the Pan American Junior (U20) held in San Salvador, El Salvador. Even though I played some horrible chess, I managed to tie for first with 7.5/9 and get second on tiebreaks. Here are some interesting games/positions fro... | Read More

      • penguingm1
      • | Jul 26, 2015
      • | 695 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Just A Romantic Story

                      Prashant recline on the bed. Isitha lying next to him. There is only six inch distance between them. But what’s the use? He could not reach her. This is happening since year. Since year, he has been on starvation. Prasha... | Read More

      • K_Hitesh
      • | Jul 26, 2015
      • | 166 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Dutch Stonewall, how Black can break in the center

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    • 2015 Allegheny Chess Congress

      Three-round Swiss is really weird... the most common score after the second round was 1.5/2, and one of the three co-champions didn't play any of the top 3 seeds (although I was more concerned with trying to break 2000, which didn't happen). Good ... | Read More

    • Summer Tournament #1

      Hello dear chess fans! Summer is the perfect season for partcipating in many tournaments... Most people find the combination of holiday and chess together really tempting and summer is the perfect chance for som good chess. Generally chess playe... | Read More

      • JohnCh15
      • | Jul 21, 2015
      • | 251 views
      • | 0 comments