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    • 2014 Week 1 Review: St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers

      St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 2.5-1.5 GM Le Quang Liem (2785) - GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) 1-0 View Game GM Varuzhan Akobian (2758) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 1-0 View Game WGM Anna Sharevich (2367) - NM Jared Defibaugh (23... | Read More

    • Hand Carved, Wooden Analysis Board

      It is hard to play a 9 round, 9 day chess tournament without.... uh.... inadvertantly walking into the onsite chess store. This is exactly what happened to me at the recent U.S. Open in Orlando. I was surprised at how much merchandise they had.... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Aug 29, 2014
      • | 107 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Chapter 1 - How to Reassess Your Chess (4th edition) by IM Silman (Part 1)

      Part 1 - The Concept of Imbalances "A sound plan makes us all heroes, the absence of a plan, idiots." -G.M. Kotov   Imbalances - Learning the ABCs Just about everyone has problems with planning. The typical player does what he feels like do... | Read More

    • 6 Things You Should Always Do in Blitz

      Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board.     As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament pla... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Aug 27, 2014
      • | 89 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Sensing Danger!, Part 2: Dealing with Danger!

      In part one I reviewed one of my own games where I did not sense the danger and payed heavily. In Part 2, I outline my thought process in another of my own games and outline methods to use in your own games to appropriately Deal with the Danger! (... | Read More

      • zkman
      • | Aug 27, 2014
      • | 661 views
      • | 1 comment
    • What's the point of the minority attack?

      An instructive moment from a recent game. What should white not play next? (Edit: the editor won't let me make paragraph breaks today for some reason. Sorry about that!) Why is it a mistake? We should go back to see what the minority attack i... | Read More

      • Flatfish
      • | Aug 26, 2014
      • | 83 views
      • | 0 comments
    • How Chess Benefits Childrens

      It has often been said that chess is a "gymnasium for the mind", but what exactly are the benefits that a child can derive from the Royal Game? Can we go so far as to claim that it can teach children important life skills and boost their academic... | Read More

      • kiba13
      • | Aug 23, 2014
      • | 141 views
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    • Alexander Alexandrowitsch Aljechin

      Alexander Alexandrowitsch Aljechin and alcohol A couple of sentences about Alekhine will give the flavour: ‘In a few tournaments he was found in a field drunk. He would urinate on the floor in other events.’ For these dainty tidings no doc... | Read More

    • How to improve from 800-1300 Part 1

      Hello friends, opponents, and viewers! I have really enjoyed blogging so here's another blog on how 800-1300 can improve their Chess. Many of my friends are under 1300 or just passed 1300 recently and I'm sick of it. They need their Online Chess ... | Read More

    • The Room

      In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index-card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject i... | Read More

      • Nongsha_A
      • | Aug 21, 2014
      • | 165 views
      • | 2 comments
    • The Road to 1800 Bullet

      EDIT: After ALMOST breaking 1900 Bullet (1898!) I slumped all the way down to 1750. The life of a bullet chess playa!    So, this is how you break (or at least how I broke) 1800 bullet  STEP 1: Play good pre-move openings http://www.chess.c... | Read More

      • Samsch
      • | Aug 21, 2014
      • | 231 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Tournament Adventures: Columbia Open and Breaking 2300

      It's been a while since I've been able to post. Fortunately, the reason is that I've simply been too busy playing chess  This past weekend (August 15th-17th) I had the pleasure of playing in the Columbia Open run by the Columbia Chess Club (www.... | Read More

    • Lesson 3

      You MUST not allow your opponet to get a massive pawn center. Now let's look at anoter example of how the pawns can be used.   Puzzle  #1 about  center pawns and attacks   Now lets see a game which shows the power of a Mobile... | Read More

    • Meet the Knockouts

      Hello again chess world! We're back for another exciting season of US Chess League action. 2 new teams, the Atlanta Kings and the Rio Grande Ospreys, have joined the fray with high-powered lineups, increasing the league to 18 teams. This led to a ... | Read More

    • Carlsen v. Anand (part 2)

      CARLSEN: "You again?"ANAND: "Yes. I am a book of a thousand pages and you have seen but one."CARLSEN: "Well, those pages must all be blank."ANAND: "Funny.  I'll let you in on a secret: you're not Kasparov."    CARLSEN: "Stop your jaw flappin' ... | Read More

      • greenskull
      • | Aug 19, 2014
      • | 1394 views
      • | 21 comments
    • First Tournament In 11 Years

      Ocala was my first tournament since college and it was quite a bite of fun.  As this is my first blog post, I thought I would show my two favorite games from the tournament.  Much to Jon's disappointment, only one is a Scandanavian defense game.... | Read More

    • The Beauty of Positional Play

         A nicely played positional game leaves a nice impression because that is what chess was originally about. (I know, I know, 99% tactics and all that but it's nice to take a break from super-sharp attacks once in a while. :) ) This game was a p... | Read More

      • nragunat
      • | Aug 17, 2014
      • | 133 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Ebola -awareness !!!!

      There is currently an Ebola outbreak putting all of us at risk. Pls help educate all around u by sending this msg to all your contacts.. What is EBOLA? It’s a virus that attacks a person blood system: Ebola is what scientists call a haemor... | Read More

    • Playing one minute online: A great win and a new high!

      Recently my mouse ran out of batteries and there were no fresh ones at my place. So I've been stuck with the built-in touch pad for the first few days. Regardless, I've been playing really well in bullet. How well? Career-best well. Obviously, th... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | Aug 16, 2014
      • | 197 views
      • | 2 comments
    • My World Open: Fireworks and Falling Short

      Good time of day to you my dear chess friends, As promised in my last post on analysis in the Scandinavian, I am here to day to bring you some analysis of interesting games and positions from my games at the World Open U2000 played during the fou... | Read More