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    • So why the blog ?

      The purpose of the previous two posts is simply background,  how I got to where I am.  The reason I am doing this is not simply to share anicdotes with people who play chess, but in this new age of computers and understanding to develop my game.... | Read More

    • Typical mistake: studying the opening wrong (and too much!)

      When we play a game and we find ourselves lost for plans, we often try to solve this problem by studying the opening of that game.   This is not the best way to study this!   By "study", see if you can relate to any of the following: You st... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | May 10, 2015
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    • Prodigy Program - May 2015 Registration Open!

      This is a fully updated article regarding Chess.com University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety if you are a new student or a prospective student wanting to join the program in May. Most importantly, registration for all t... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | May 3, 2015
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    • Becoming a Chess Master - staying tidy

      I have done some housekeeping on my website, Becoming a Chess Master. There is now a sitemap and better menu options. Some more menus will follow as I add content, but for now the main area is the study plan, where I explain the study plan that ha... | Read More

    • Study Plan for Coming Months

      It's been a while since I have had a solid study plan to reach my goals. I think Goals are important, and making plans that will help you reach those goals is crucial.  Therefore, I am going to lay out my study plans here so keep them fresh in my... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | Apr 12, 2015
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  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead of responding directly to the threat... Read More »

  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • Durkin Opening

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    The Durkin Opening (also known as the Durkin Attack or the Sodium Attack) is a rarely played chess opening beginning with the move: 1. Na3The Durkin Opening is named for Robert James Durkin (1923–?) of New Jersey. The name "Sodium Atta... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Horwitz, Bernard

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    Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885) was a German-born card player(specialized in miniatures) and chess study composer.    In 1845, he settled in England and began teaching chess.  In 1846, he lost as match with Howard Staunton, losing 14 games, winni... Read More »