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    • SCL Teams - Signups are Open

      Team signups are now open for both Captains and Players (qualified league players only). Captains who will also be playing must sign up both as a Captain and as a Player. Limit of one team per Captain/Player. Our SCL Teams tournament will begin o... | Read More

      • SirIvanhoe
      • | Sep 29, 2016
    • My way or software way?

      Autum tournament round 1 just begun this week and I got an old opponent against me. Christer is easy too take for an easy win and I had my share of sad defeats and draws against him. So I was prepared to keeping an eye on his traps and draw attemp... | Read More

    • Blitz Chess #372: Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation

      This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation. With the exchange variation comes an important responsibility, namely great care of the light squares since white is withou... | Read More

    • Knowledge is Power!

      In chess, a little knowledge goes a long way. Recognizing the opportunity for a thematic combination, knowing the key move in your favorite opening and being aware of the winning technique in an endgame is enough to win you games on its own. This... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Sep 29, 2016
    • How to install ChessBase Reader (freeware) in Mac OS

      I have just upgraded Mac to macOS Sierra and all this is still working. 1. You will need brew - download it at 2. Follow the step by step instruction at to install wine 3. Downl... | Read More

      • timothyha
      • | Sep 29, 2016
    • Finally a Smooth Caro-Kann

      After last week's crazyfest with Finn, I was fortunate to catch a break. In fact I was completely exhausted (school stuff...) so I was really hoping the game didn't go too long. My opponent gave me some trouble in the past, but playing Black for... | Read More

    • Finding Teachable Moments and Cats

      I know I mentioned that this blog would be about success stories with support issues on, but I'd like it to be multifaceted, so that if I run out of success stories, I will be able to write about something else! So today I thought I'd wr... | Read More

      • Calamondin
      • | Sep 27, 2016
    • Learn Pafu's Beginner's Game - Move 9: Continuing Play After the Opening

      (This post is part of a series on The Beginner's Game, an opening system by Pafu. It is written by Christopher Huff.) Pafu summarizes: "The Beginner's Game is a fixed position reached after eight moves." ...But what about after those eight moves... | Read More

      • chuff
      • | Sep 26, 2016
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      24-30 October 2016 Budapest, Hungary   Organized by International Chess Master Attila Turzo, the  Budapest Chess Holiday is an event that brings chess players from around the world together with the mission of improving their skills and expl... | Read More

    • Growing in Grace

      by HJS A gardener will plant flower seeds, cultivate the ground and watch the green sprouts eventually push through the soil, burst forth, and finally blossom. It takes time and a combination of certain conditions - not too much heat but enough s... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Sep 25, 2016
    • My Checkered Paths

      Squaring off against some of the nicest people on earth. Trying to make my piece with the enemy. A war of pawns can lead to a strong piece. I'm floating on piece filled waters and drinking from babbling rooks. Here I can prey with a bishop or... | Read More

    • When You're Brain Storming, Write It Down

      The Rain The Thunder The Moments The Sun Breaks Through                           Quarter Past The Pain    You're a quarter past the pain  Could you ever love again  Dance through the thunder and the rain  ... | Read More

    • Pawn Breaks in the Kan: Reflection Continued

      In my coverage of the Kan through the analysis of my games, I have not really covered pawn breaks or analyzed different setups for black based on how white reacts to this line. I will cover a bit here. In the summer of 2010, I went on a hot strea... | Read More

      • yian123
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • Game of the Week: Blunderfest

      Often, it can be very easy to focus on the games where we played exceptionally well, but the truth is that not all games are so pretty. In order to truly get a good picture of your own skill, it is important to analyze all your games--even the one... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • ChessTempo Mixed-Mode Performance Analysis

      You become what you think about all day long. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson   My chess friends know that I have developed a health obsession with ChessTempo Mixed-Mode since I started using it 18 months ago. The truth is that I do a lot of different... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • My Games 17-22/9/2016 - Exploiting a Big Center

      At last, my first ever Team Match (TMCL 2016 Sub-Div. WL2 R7) game is done! And it was a victory! It was a fun game (like any other victories, for all of us!) and I'm feeling like posting it.  Since I've never made a blog consisting only one gam... | Read More

      • williamn27
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • The Nigerian Angle to the Baku Chess Olympiad

      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 camping and special trainings. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participating at the Baku Chess Olympi... | Read More

      • thims
      • | Sep 23, 2016
    • Phiona Mutesi Chess Game (Queen of Katwe)

      On September 30th, 2016 the Disney movie "Queen of Katwe" will be released. It's based on a true story, one depicting the life of Phiona Mutesi, who today is a Chess Champion in Uganda. In this video I share a recent game she played at the 2016 Wo... | Read More

    • Another case of bad fortune: FIDE Invitational Rounds 6-7

      Saturday, sometime in August. It was so long ago that the author can't remember. But thats fine. Here Joseph Truelson tells you a part of his journey of losing 55 rating points. After reading this we hope that you gain the knowledge to be able to ... | Read More

    • Supercharge my chess - day 9

      Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8  My goals:  1. I want to study che... | Read More