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    • World Open, Round 2

      Another round, another teenage girl opponent. This one was from Kyrgizstan, with no USCF rating. She was assigned a rating of 1750 for pairing purposes based on her FIDE rating in the low 1600s, but it is pretty clear that her post-tournament rati... | Read More


      In a changing world where situations are clouds They appear and disappear as the images of a dream, Where is nothing as it seems to be in accordance with our senses, In a universe without apparent sense that justifies the life, Surrounded by the c... | Read More

      • lottar
      • | Jul 2, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • 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
    • Statics vs Dynamics

      One of the prerequisites for sustained progress in any challenging field is an effective feedback loop that goes something like this: Perform --> Receive Feedback --> Reflect on the Feedback --> Make Changes --> Perform Again.   I'v... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 1, 2015
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    • Kramnik City Once Again: Dortmund R4

      Breaking: Kramnik beats Meier and takes lead in Dortmund once again! OK, so we all sort of expected him to beat Meier, but is he really going to get an eleventh title? Nisipeanu does have 3/4, but there isn't much hope for him -- oh well. Aside ... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Jul 1, 2015
    • Breaking the line

      After 20 ... Ng5 White's bishop is unable to defend both diagonals. | Read More

    • Hungarian Brigitta Sinka, 87, clinches world chess record

      After spending most of her life playing simultaneous chess, one senior Hungarian pensioner has finally captured a world record established by a 1920s Cuban grandmaster.   Brigitta Sinka Sets World Chess Record Brigitta Sinka, 87, has spent ... | Read More

      • a1acme
      • | Jun 29, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • PWC Monthly June 13, 2015

      Scoring 2/4, I earned my final Second Category norm to receive the title. My rating also moved from 1891 ---->>> 1901! I learned a lot from this tournament and am looking forward to playing against m... | Read More

      • Zigwurst
      • | Jun 29, 2015
    • Creating and Exploiting Targets

      Hello Chess Fans,   As you progress in your chess ability, it's a natural progression to develop a keen sense to sniff out Targets defined as - Weak Squares, Weak Pieces or Weak Pawns that can be attacked multiple times.  Just as animals in th... | Read More

    • My First FIDE Rated Classical Time Control Tournament!

      In the past few months I was checking Slovenian Chess Federation website and noticed there's a FIDE rated Tournament in Ljubljana, with classical time control, 90 minutes for 40 moves and additional 30 minutes for the rest. Also with a Fischer tim... | Read More

      • MSC157
      • | Jun 28, 2015
    • Ongoing harassment.

      So yesterday, I went to the post office to pick up something that I bought on the internet.  I turns out the tracking information said that my mail was "Delivered to Individual", but the mail had not been delivered.  I spoke with the mail carrie... | Read More

    • Converting a Space Advantage into a Win

      Hello Chess Fans, Do you think you have a winning advantage when your pawns occupy the center early - Think again.  Having Space Advantage MUST be preserved, guarded and expanded upon.  How to accomplish that is the subject of this next arti... | Read More

    • Stress and Chess Revisited

      A while back, I talked about how stress affects my chess playing. Sometimes I look through my games and see bad moves I make that I would not expect my ten year old to make. Yet, I made them. Almost always it falls on a day where I had a lot going... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 27, 2015
    • Walter Browne, R.I.P.

      I was shocked when I heard that Walter Browne had died in his sleep in Las Vegas at age 66.   I first met Walter Browne in 1969 at the American Open in Santa Monica.  We were good friends and played tennis together.  Many of the major tourname... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Jun 27, 2015
    • Winning the won game.

      Strangely, it's not easy to win a game of chess when one is in a winning position. There are a few reasons why this is so: 1) underestimating or allowing counterplay from one's opponnet 2) Your mind starts to become lazy and miss simple tactics... | Read More

    • Children Of GOD

      Children Of GOD   “Glory to GOD In The Highest, And on earth peace among men with whom HE Is Pleased.” Luke 2:14.   To The Church Of GOD Which HE Purchased With HIS Own Blood; Can you stand in the place of such men as the Apostles John, ... | Read More

    • Playing with the Isolated Queen Pawn

      Greetings, chess friends. I have had a couple articles about the isolated Queen Pawn (IQP), especially with the Sicilian Alapin. Today, I show you another great idea in this opening that will help you to understand the power of the IQP, especially... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 26, 2015
    • Avoiding Shameful Draws In Chess Shows

      The last round of Norway Chess has raised a huge problem in today's chess world, as the main game of the round -- Topalov-Anand -- ended in a draw after only 18 moves. It's easy to understand players why they act like this, why would they take a... | Read More

      • LavaPants
      • | Jun 25, 2015
    • Chess Structures in Practice - The Catalan Gambit

      I write this blog to share some of the ideas from my book Chess Structures, published in February of this year. To read more about my book and to see similar blog posts, visit http://chess-structures.com/   Throughout the past month I have had... | Read More

    • King and Pawn Endgames - OUTFLANKING

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to the the King/Pawn Endgame Series.  Today we'll explain in detail a specific tactic we've already used and have seen on several occasions throughout the series - Outflanking.                   ... | Read More