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The Magic Square In Chess

GM Gserper Oct 9, 2016

Mikhail Tal was known not only for his fierce attacks and beautiful sacrifices but also for his amusing stories that made even non-chess-players smile. We discussed one such story in this article. Here is another anecdote&...

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Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

IM Silman Oct 6, 2016

SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou...

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How To Think Critically In Chess

NM danheisman Oct 5, 2016

Chess is a thinking game. Thought processes and time management are intertwined and are two of the most important skills. I break down time management into two sub-skills: Macro Time Management: The ability to use almost all of your time eve...

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7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

GM Hikaru Oct 4, 2016

Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba...

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Botvinnik's Winning Chess Method

GM Gserper Oct 2, 2016

The Botvinnik-Kasparov school that I had privilege to attend was an unbelievable experience. The sheer fact that two legends were sitting just about five feet from you was very exciting! One of the strongest memories from the school was the w...

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Study Plan For Advanced Players: Tactics!

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Tasks: Identify and address your tactical weaknesses. Complete a perfect ten. Complete the legendary 30-minute drill. Develop your visualization skills. Complete these tactics-themed le...

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Study Plan for Advanced Players: Strategy

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced Path (Rated 1800-1999) Tasks: Learn the power of the pieces!!! Improve your knowledge of dynamics and tension in chess. Know how to exploit exchanges. Improve your prophylactic thinking and defense! ...

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Study Plan For Advanced Players: Endgames

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced Path (Rated 1800-1999) Tasks: Develop "endgame thinking." Master king activity in the endgame. Understand the winning and drawing chances of opposite-colored bishops. Improve your understanding of en...

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Master Path Study Plan: The Opening!

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Learn About Advanced Opening Preparation Expand Your Knowledge of Thematic Middlegam...

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Master Path Study Plan: Tactics!

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Solve tactics, tactics, tactics, and ... tactics! Solve studies. Practice calculation. Play blindfold chess. Complete these tactics-themed lessons. You probably thought y...

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Master Path Study Plan: Strategy

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Learn the following master-level pawn structures. Master the art of maneuvering. Learn to use your pawns actively. Study the exploitation of pawn weaknesses. Identify critical...

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Master Path Study Plan: Endgames

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced Path (Rated 1899-1999) Tasks: Improve your understanding of piece imbalances in the endgame. Study common endgame types which arise from your opening repertoire. Win queen versus rook. Improve your e...

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Master Path Study Plan: Bringing It All Together

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Analyze all games with a computer. Compete on the leaderboard. Start a blog. Play solitaire chess. Compete in a major open. Congratulations! You've made it to t...

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Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

News Oct 1, 2016

Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn About Creating an Opening Re...

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Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

IM Silman Sep 29, 2016

Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo...

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The Nigerian Team At The Baku Chess Olympiad

News Sep 28, 2016

By guest columnist Babatunde Timothy Ogunsiku Preparing for the Baku Chess Olympiad, the top five Nigerian chess players had to train on their own, as the country was unable to fund the trip. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participati...

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Chess 101: One Opponent At A Time

Chess101 Sep 28, 2016

Unless you’re playing a simultaneous exhibition, you’re most likely only going to be playing one person at a time. That’s assuming that you don’t have to beat yourself as well as your opponent. How many times have you sat...

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Bluffing In Chess

GM Gserper Sep 25, 2016

Pictures of a chess board and chess pieces are very popular in ads for banks, insurance companies and similar businesses. The companies want to underline their wisdom and strategic thinking. Unlike dice, cards, and other games of ch...

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Can You Understand These Positions?

IM Silman Sep 22, 2016

This article is about four interesting positions. Much of this is moderately advanced to very advanced, so hold onto your hats and see if you can meet the storm head-on! I've also discovered some incredible tactical possibilities in one of ...

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8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

News Sep 20, 2016

You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess...

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Danke Schön!

JoseDiaz Sep 19, 2016

© 2016, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website

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Amateur vs. World Champion

GM Gserper Sep 18, 2016

Once upon a time, Alexander Roshal, who was the chief editor of the famous Soviet weekly "64," called Mikhail Tal and asked for some original material for his publication. Tal answered that he would be happy to help his old friend and told ...

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Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

IM Silman Sep 15, 2016

BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m...

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