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mJennings
mJennings
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Silman
Location: Los Angeles, United States
Joined: 12/13/07
Last Online: 4/20/15
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  • Mastering Opposite-Colored Bishops

    As beginners, we are taught a litany of strategic precepts that inform our thought process and shape our general understanding. "Occupy the center," "knights before bishops," "the rook's place is behind the passed pawn" — all of thes... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • Overprotection, Decoded

    The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • 10 Chess Players Who Have Saved The World From Gigantic Meteorites

    Hello chess.com readers!  I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you some groundbreaking research on the little understood link between world chess champions and intergalactic debris avoidance.  You see, ever since there have been chessplayers t... | Read More


    • US Chess Championship Commentary Team Playing

      While watching the live commentary from the commentary team of Shahade, Seirawan, Schaefer and Ashley (he might still do something about his surname, to make it a 4S team :-)), it occurred to me it would be interesting to find out how the members ... | Read More

    • Bobby Fischer (Eleventh World Chess Champion) Bio

      Bobby Fischer Eleventh World Chess Champion     Bobby Fischer was the eleventh World Chess Champion. He was born March 9th 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and died January 17, 2008. Fischer was an American chess prodigy and grandmaster. He held ... | Read More

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    • Beware the chess.com bottom feeder: jpeaceman

      It was a pretty good weekend for some chess, or so I thought.  Well, who am I kidding, it's always a good day for chess!  I noticed I had a few people on my friends list that were online at the time I logged on to chess.com.  Well, let's hit '... | Read More

    • In Conversation with International Master Jeremy Silman!

      (This interview was initially published in February 2015 on our blog; view it here!) From writing and playing to consulting and teaching, International Master Jeremy Silman has explored many facets of chess. He has not only authored over 35 ... | Read More

    • Psychology in chess

      Any experienced player knows how a change in the character of the play influences your psychological mood.  -  Garry Kasparov   The aim was simple: to deprive Karpov of his favourite occupation - standing at the board, staring straight at hi... | Read More


  • Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    This Saturday the World Championship Match starts in Sochi. Most chess fans think that Magnus Carlsen will keep his title, but what about the experts?  In our first preview we listed the match schedule and basics, and then we gave... | Read More

  • 2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    Many thanks to all the Chess.com members who entered the 2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler! There were 18 chess related questions, and a total of 29 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? As always the standard of entries was excelle... | Read More

  • Appreciation

    Dear Chesscom Community -I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Chess.com Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author, International Master Jeremy Sil... | Read More

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    So how well did you do in the 2009 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? The standard of entries was extremely high, and Chess.com would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Chess.com Columnists

    Chess.com is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to ... | Read More


  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Tactical Devices

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    Hi, this is Chessking47 writing on tactical devices. I guess you know the basic forks, pins, and skewers, but there are more. First of all, the Clearance Sacrifice.  You might love to play a powerful move, but can't because one of your pieces a... Read More »

  • Ervin, Roy

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    Roy Carl Ervin was born in Los Angeles on January 4, 1951 and grew up in Santa Monica.  In 1969, he took 2nd in the Ventura Marina Chess Festival, won by Ray Martin, and ahead of Norman Whitaker.  In 1969, at the American Open in Santa Monica, E... Read More »

  • Alekhine's Gun

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    When two rooks are in front of a queen on a file, it is called Alekine's Gun. It is called this because Alekhine used this strategy against Nimzovich in a known game. Idea from "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by IM Jeremy Silman Read More »