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  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part I

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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

  • Pawn Endgames: A Practical Guide

    Let us begin with a small challenge. Take a look at the following diagram: It is the starting position, stripped of all pieces except kings. If you managed to examine it without a yawn, eye roll, or grimace, you have passed the test . ... | Read More

    • Rook vs Knight Endgames

      Hello Chess Fans, A King & Knight vs a King & Rook Endgame is a theoretical draw; however there are several RULES you need to know to maintain the draw if you're playing with the knight: 1. Keep the king and knight close together.  I... | Read More

    • Catching Up – A Season in a Post

      Hi everyone, check out my original post at www.chesssummit.wordpress.com! As some of you already know, I'm repurposing my blog from breaking 2000 (which I successfully completed last November) to documenting my journey to the 2016 US Junior Open... | Read More

    • Puzzle #66 - Zugzwang

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    • Chess Lesson - Finally a Good Forks Game

      Hi Chess Friends, When I'm teaching chess concepts to kids it's great if there's a way to repeat the same theme many times in one game. The story aspect that a complete game provides helps me to keep either the private student or the class's atte... | Read More

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    • Zugzwang Tactics

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to another session of tactical training.  Today we'll sharpen your chess vision to recognize opportunities to use Zugzwang in your game, which acts like a TRAP, limiting your opponent's moves and forcing them int... | Read More

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