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    • Tournament Preparation, Part 3: Processing Tournament Play

         Hello! My name is Zach Kasiurak. I am a National Master living in Columbus, Ohio, USA rated 2294 USCF and 2223 FIDE. I am seriously pursuing my chess career and looking to improve rapidly as a player and coach.    I have created my blog to... | Read More

      • zkman
      • | Dec 2, 2014
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    • Chess.com University's Prodigy Program Has Started - Comments from GM Dlugy

      We launched the Prodigy Program this weekend with a live Orientation and a special lecture with GM Maxim Dlugy. Due to numerous requests, we are now giving students the opportunity to register for the first month of the Prodigy Program between n... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Nov 30, 2014
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    • My 10/25/2014 Tournament Games

      Hi all  Here's my analysis from my latest OTB tourney. All the games were G/70 with a 5-second delay.  After each move I recorded how many minutes were left on a player's clock and have included this in the games, so that's what the numbers ar... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Oct 28, 2014
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    • Chess.com University Prodigy Program "Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years!"

      I am extremely happy to announce that my online chess coaching website NextLevelChessCoaching.com has recently partnered with Chess.com University! We will be assisting them in order to improve the quality of online chess instruction. We are als... | Read More

    • 2014 Alabama State Championship

      Last weekend was the Alabama State Championship.  Even though I knew I couldn't play in the last two games (reducing my winning chances), I still decided to play in it for the experience  Before the tournament I had decided my calculation neede... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Sep 29, 2014
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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »