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Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Mate in 3This was a fun mate in three.  Can you see it?  White to play. http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/mate-in-3Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:13:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/mate-in-3Naka tames the Beast -- Amazing final position!http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/naka-tames-the-beast----amazing-final-positionMon, 30 Dec 2013 12:37:33 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/naka-tames-the-beast----amazing-final-positionSmith Morra Gambit Centre Sachttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-centre-sacMon, 11 Nov 2013 10:08:58 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-centre-sacFantasy Variation Becomes Nightmare for Caro Kann Playerhttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/fantasy-variation-becomes-nightmare-for-caro-kann-playerWed, 06 Nov 2013 04:06:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/fantasy-variation-becomes-nightmare-for-caro-kann-playerDrawn Endgame PositionI played this game last night in a friendly over-the-board game versus Ed.  He blundered at this point and went on to lose the game.  White to move.  White has two moves to draw.  Can you find one of the moves? http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/drawn-endgame-positionThu, 31 Oct 2013 05:10:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/drawn-endgame-positionFind the Strongest Move for WhiteI played this game last night.  It was a friendly over-the-board game.  White to move.  Find the strongest move.  My intuition must be improving.  I played the move immediately without calculation.  Note:  Sometimes this can be a dangerous ...http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/find-the-strongest-move-for-whiteThu, 31 Oct 2013 04:21:36 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/find-the-strongest-move-for-whiteSmith Morra Gambit Kills Fire Breathing Dragonhttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-kills-fire-breathing-dragonTue, 29 Oct 2013 14:05:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-kills-fire-breathing-dragonFormer Master Loses to King's GambitSorry, I only know my opponent's name is Mark and was a lower-level master in the 70s.  He says his current playing strength is around 1900-2000. http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/former-master-loses-to-kings-gambitThu, 24 Oct 2013 09:46:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/former-master-loses-to-kings-gambitSmith Morra Gambit - Slaying the Dragon 2http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit---slaying-the-dragon-2Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:54:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit---slaying-the-dragon-2Smith Morra Gambit - Mating Attackhttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit---mating-attackWed, 09 Oct 2013 20:28:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit---mating-attackBlackmar Diemer Gambit Mating AttackMy opponent did not see this mate coming.  A general rule is if you have 3 pieces in the area of the king you should be able to mate.  I had four! http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/blackmar-diemer-gambit-mating-attackSat, 05 Oct 2013 13:23:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/blackmar-diemer-gambit-mating-attackKing's Gambit King Chasehttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/kings-gambit-king-chaseWed, 25 Sep 2013 09:44:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/kings-gambit-king-chaseBlackmar Diemer Gambit King Chasehttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/blackmar-diemer-gambit-king-chaseTue, 24 Sep 2013 10:20:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/blackmar-diemer-gambit-king-chaseNd5 Sacrifice Against Sicilian Defence (Smith Morra Gambit)http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/nd5-sacrifice-against-sicilian-defence-smith-morra-gambitTue, 24 Sep 2013 05:43:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/nd5-sacrifice-against-sicilian-defence-smith-morra-gambitSmith Morra Gambit, Slaying the Dragonhttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-slaying-the-dragonFri, 20 Sep 2013 17:50:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-slaying-the-dragonSmashing Win with Smith Morra Gambithttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smashing-win-with-smith-morra-gambitThu, 12 Sep 2013 10:23:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smashing-win-with-smith-morra-gambitSmith Morra Gambit 13 move Miniaturehttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-13-move-miniatureSun, 08 Sep 2013 17:53:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-13-move-miniatureDangerous Attack in the Alapin SicilianMy opponent made a major blunder by allowing me to prevent him from castling.  Then I got quite a lot of piece activity.  Before long it was over. http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/dangerous-attack-in-the-alapin-sicilianMon, 02 Sep 2013 12:59:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/dangerous-attack-in-the-alapin-sicilianBrutal Attack in the Morra Gambithttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/brutal-attack-in-the-morra-gambitMon, 26 Aug 2013 13:59:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/brutal-attack-in-the-morra-gambitSmith Morra Gambit 10 Move Miniaturehttp://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-10-move-miniatureSun, 25 Aug 2013 11:45:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/mcgaughp/smith-morra-gambit-10-move-miniature