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    • Candidates Tournament 2014 Odds

      Odds of winning the Candidates Tournament 2014.  Who do you think will win?  Who would you bet on with these odds? Aronian (3.25) Kramnik (4) Topalov (6) Anand (7.5) Karjakin (9) Mamedyarov (10) Andreikin (15) Svidler (15) | Read More

    • Best zugzwang ever!

      This is a game played by a quickly improving Maor Locker on chess.com.  Maor reached a position with many paths to win, but when we analyzed the position below we realized White is actually in zugzwang!  After going through a few variations with... | Read More

    • Game Analysis #2 - Symmetrical English

      Here is the 2nd analyzed game of the free game analysis series played by Warrior2000.  Gourav plays a nice game on the Black side of a symmetrical english.  The game gets very dicey and White sacrifices an exchange in an attempt to checkmate the... | Read More

    • Game Analysis #1 - Caro Attacks!

      In the first installment of the free game analysis series we look at Marcelo's game on the Black side of a caro-kann.  He neutralizes White's slight advantage out of the opening and castles queenside (!!) in an attempt to pawn storm his opponent'... | Read More

    • Free Game Analysis Introduction

      Hi chess.com members, I have some exciting news about some a free game analysis promotion I will be starting this month.  In an effort to gain momentum on my coaching website and twitter account I will be offering the first of hopefully many fre... | Read More

    • Chess Comeback - Minnesota Open

      The first tournament wasn't an impressive result but it prepared me for the biggest tournament in the state, the Minnesota Open.  This year's MN Open had 260 players including about 15 masters!  I decided to play in the 2-day schedule since I wa... | Read More

    • Starting a Chess Comeback!

      My grandfather taught me to play chess when I was five during a camping trip.  He thought I was too young to play, but on a rainy day I was able to convince him to teach me the "king game" as I liked to call it.  I started playing in local tourn... | Read More