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    • On Variance, Slumps and Plateaus

      I knew once how it feels to fly. To soar was not a dream, but my reality. After starting my chess improvement program in July, 2013, I met near immediate success. During the summer and fall, I took home big money prizes in the U1400 section of t... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jun 29, 2014
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    • Drawville

      For the past few months I've been stuck in Drawville. You know. That little town down yonder where chess players go to, well, not win and not lose. Since returning home from the Philadelphia Open in April, I've drawn 50% of my OTB games. That com... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jun 8, 2014
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    • What are the Best Endgame Books?

      At the Dan Heisman Learning Center we try to serve as a friendly local chess club for players from all over the world.  So it isn't surprising that our Group Notes often feature interesting chess discussions like the one below.   What's your f... | Read More

    • Portable Apps For Chess

      I have found a website that is of interest to chessplayers since it contains a long list of free programs, some of which are very helpful to us. URL is http://portableapps.com/download Some of the revelant programs are: Lucas Chess--An excellent... | Read More

    • Interactive Endgame Lesson - King and Queen vs. King

      It is essential to be able to mate a lone king with a king and queen, which can always be done. If you already can do this but are still farily new to chess, you might read this lesson anyway--it might make your task of mating even easier and fast... | Read More

      • SCKleene
      • | Mar 11, 2014
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  • Computer Workout 2.0

    Today I'd like to unveil what will be an extremely valuable training tool for those who choose to make use of it: Computer Workout. What? You've seen it before? Tried it before? No way! This is a 90% "completely" new Computer Workout, redesigned ... | Read More

  • Well, we're finally doing it :|

    No, no, this has nothing to do with LIVE chess. Sorry. That is coming along nicely and I should have some news within a few days. What we are finally doing is getting a little money in the door to help pay for some of the development costs of Ches... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Oct 16, 2007
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    • | Misc


  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »

  • Abbasov, Farid

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    Farid Abbasov was born in Azerbaijan on January 30, 1979.  In 1997, he took 2nd place in the European Youth Chess Championships.  He became a grandmaster in 2007.  Tournament results include: 1st at Alushta 2004; 1st at Kireevsk in 2004; 2nd a... Read More »