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    • Chess.com University's Prodigy Program - April 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 April. Most importantly, registration for all... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Mar 31, 2015
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    • First serious study day.

      I had to get my tires changed today (potholes ate them), and it occured to me that 1) I would have a big chunk of time waiting for the tires,  and that 2) the self study plan IM Lilov wrote for me calls for spending a big chunk of time going over... | Read More

      • AnnaEA
      • | Mar 17, 2015
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    • February 2015 Training Recap

      USCF Rating: 1658 Year to date: +128 I continued my beginning of the year training momentum into February, following my revised study plan that I put together for the first quarter of the year. In my tracking chart, pictured below, everyt... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Mar 8, 2015
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    • Prodigy Program - March 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 February. Most importantly, registration for a... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Feb 26, 2015
      • | 3194 views
      • | 24 comments
    • January 2015 Training Recap

      USCF Rating: 1521 Change during month: -9 I had an excellent chess training month to start the new year. First, I was able to put together a revised study plan for the first quarter of the year that should address what I think are currently my... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Feb 1, 2015
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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Coiled Spring Effect

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    The coiled spring effect in chess is related to how a players pieces will start out from a fairly compact and/or cramped opening position, and how they will "unwind" the spring and start attacking with the dynamic energy pent up in the position. A... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »