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  • The Master’s Bulletin, April 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Vishy is back “The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for ChessVi... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 18, 2014

    In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns. Thi... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014

    "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More

  • Major Rule Changes by FIDE

    At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights- 1. Changes for title requriements: a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for ... | Read More

    • A Norwegian Adventure

      I just finished the Fagernes International with 7.0/9 and a performance rating of 2770, definitely my best result yet. Remarkably, it was not even enough for first as there was a huge swing in the final round where the other critical game went fro... | Read More

      • Shankland
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    • A Tough Tournament, And A Curious Case Of Underpromotion

      Last week's Montana Open was a bloodbath. My opponents were playing well while I was playing poorly, searching for juicy squares and sweet combinations but finding only arid desert. In the first round alone, I and three other top seeds lost in u... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Apr 19, 2014
    • Englishlegend

      Around a year ago, I played a good friend of mine. I was well ahead on points, and I believed, that in ten moves or less, I'd win. I didn't for a second, undestimate the skills of my opponent. Though, from somewhere, she got through, and took one ... | Read More

    • How to study

      I have recently found out most amatures don't know how to really study.  Now I'm not saying that I am not an amature, however I know how to study the game.  I have been studying for roughly 6 months...my performance rating has increased by over ... | Read More

    • No, your opponent didn't cheat...

      It seems a lot of players break out the "he cheated" refrain whenever they lose, particularly online.  If a lower rated player wins, "he cheated." If he seems to be moving fast, yet accurately, "he cheated."  Upsets and good play happen all the ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Marcosa Defence

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    This is an unusual defence for white. White's goal is to make a strong pawn structure on the kingside. There are some weak points that occur in this defence.   If white does not play e5 it has many possibilities as an attack.   Read More »

  • Baden Baden 1870

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    First international tournament in Germany (from July 18, 1870 to August 4, 1870) and the first to be interrupted by war (Franco-Prussian war).  First place was 3,000 francs. This tournament was the first to introduce chess clocks (20 moves per ho... Read More »

  • Gosselin, Gilbert

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    Gus Gosselin was born on November 25, 1926 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  He was one of the greatest contributers to the promotion of chess in Massachusetts and the New England area.  He was the scholastic coordinator for the Massachuse... Read More »