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No Balance, No Success

IM Silman Dec 10, 2015

I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches...

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The Day the Stars Came Out

batgirl Dec 9, 2015

                Like a poorly rehearsed play, nothing seemed to go right.  What started out as a brilliant idea was fizzling out before everyone's eyes.   Perhaps it was ...

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Magnus Carlsen And The Nimzo-Indian Defense

GM BryanSmith Dec 8, 2015

For our final article of this series on the world champions and their contributions to opening theory, we focus on the current champion, Magnus Carlsen. As many of you have commented on the earlier articles, it is difficult to link Carlsen with a ...

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What Happened To Magnus Carlsen?

GM Gserper Dec 6, 2015

The European Team Chess Championship that took place last month in Iceland is already a part of chess history. There were many remarkable games and memorable moments over there. Some people will remember the double win by the Russian men...

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Old Age, Great Chess!

IM Silman Dec 3, 2015

After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi...

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Martin Villemson's Gambit

batgirl Dec 2, 2015

     Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at below not only go by many names, but the situations, like gambits themselves, can get messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.      The title of this article is Martin...

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Vishy Anand And The Semi-Slav Defense

GM BryanSmith Dec 1, 2015

Like Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand became FIDE world champion by virtue of his victory in a world championship tournament -- this one held in Mexico City, 2007. However, the chess public, which has always tended to see the championship changi...

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More Inexperienced Player Mistakes

GM Gserper Nov 29, 2015

In last week's article, we saw that breaking the classical rules of play in the openings is one of the cardinal sins of less experienced players. Another common problem that you can find in their games is missing basic tactical ideas. ...

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What's Your Chess Personality?

pete Nov 26, 2015

There are 64 squares on a chessboard, and many more ways to play the game. We all know the styles of the great world champions: Fischer's relentless accuracy, Petrosian's impregnable defense, Karpov's clean and positional chess, Kasparov's sheer...

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batgirl Nov 25, 2015

George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charles S...

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Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

IM Silman Nov 24, 2015

[Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)...

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Inexperienced Player Mistakes

GM Gserper Nov 22, 2015

The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to...

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JoseDiaz Nov 21, 2015

© 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website

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Turn Off The Autopilot!

GM DanielNaroditsky Nov 20, 2015

Chess is a cruel game. One moment of negligence, one second of distracted thinking, and hours of hard work instantly go down the drain. For most chess players, the euphoria of success — a combination, a hard-fought victory, a positional mast...

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Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

News Nov 19, 2015

Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P...

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How To Become A Coach On Chess.com

News Nov 18, 2015

How do I become a coach on Chess.com? First, coaches must have a verified account/identity with Chess.com. There's 3 ways to do this: Send in a copy of your picture identification (driver's license and/or passports preferred) to Chess.com ...

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Professor of Chess

batgirl Nov 18, 2015

Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his avocations which, of course, included chess.      After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Leger, Carl...

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The Art Of Beating Yourself

IM Silman Nov 17, 2015

In chess, ego is king. Thus one often hears a player who just lost saying, “I beat myself!” The old “I beat myself!” is often a way to convince yourself that you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn’t for this...

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The Chess Heritage Of Emory Tate

GM Gserper Nov 15, 2015

This is the last installment of my tribute to IM Emory Tate. The first two parts can be found here and here. There are definitely people out there who knew Emory much better than me, so they could disagree, but I always had an impression that hi...

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Veselin Topalov And The Najdorf Sicilian

GM BryanSmith Nov 12, 2015

San Luis, Argentina, 2005: A double-round-robin tournament was held to determine the FIDE world champion. In those days the world championship was still split after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short left FIDE for their 1993 match. The chess world l...

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Memphis Belle

batgirl Nov 11, 2015

  Miss Rosa Jefferson    The champion women chess player of the world Rosa B. Jefferson    Although she was a significant historical figure in American chess, Rosa Bradford Jefferson has remained largely unknown. Miss Jefferson edited a che...

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The Eye Of The Beholder

IM Silman Nov 10, 2015

Many players feel that chess is all about threats or attack or finding a combination or some other form of brute force moves. And, of course, that is exactly what many positions need. However, in many other positions those things are exactly what ...

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The Tale Of Two Emory Tates

GM Gserper Nov 8, 2015

In last week's article we paid tribute to a creative chess player and a nice person, IM Emory Tate. As a man who played Emory many times, I can tell you that a game with him was always just like our life according to Forrest Gump. Remember his f...


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