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    • Tactics Rating Increase

      I was just looking at my all-time stats on Tactics Trainer the other day and I noticed quite a significant jump in rating since I started to adopt different tactics training methods around six months ago. The stats show that from 2012 to the end o... | Read More

    • tribute to pets

      this blog is dedicated to my friend Haggard-CC. his pet cats recently died due to some illness . our pets are like our family members and its heart breaking to lose them . may their soul rest in peace ... | Read More

    • Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival 2016

      Last week, I played in the 6th Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival at the Caleta Hotel as part of the England Junior Squad. The junior tournament is very much similar in organisation to the main event, the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters, run in January/F... | Read More

    • How can you win against stronger opponents?

      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, Day 9,  Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day... | Read More

    • Pawn Structure Explained for Club Players

      Hi chess friends! Get ready for this week’s training on mastering pawn structure. It starts on Saturday (08/27) at 12pm EST. Click here just before noon EST to join the webinar - it's free! If you want to follow the lecture attentively, yo... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Aug 24, 2016
      • | 1004 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Wherein I disregard advice and explain erratic behavior

      Someone told me two days ago that I shouldn't apologize, but I'm going to anyway because screw the rules but also I deleted everything in my blog yesterday. Sorry. I still have it, just not here. I'm too much of a pack rat and a narcissist to tru... | Read More

    • Chess in Islam

      Muslim 946 The Prophet said: "He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine." Hadith Malik 554:1725-7 The Prophet said that he who played chess disobeyed Allah and His Messenger. A'isha(Muhammad's wife) c... | Read More

      • Nabium
      • | Aug 23, 2016
      • | 96 views
      • | 0 comments
    • The Baku Chess Olympiad: Africans In View

      With less than 10 days to the start of the Baku chess Olympiad, Chess.com Africa looks at the top African teams and what they bring to the brilliance and success of the 2016 Chess Olympiad. The top 7 chess playing countries in Africa according t... | Read More

      • thims
      • | Aug 23, 2016
      • | 1100 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 3rd Place in the State Championships

      "Fortune," if we are to believe the Latin proverb, "favors those who are brave enough not to resign, for they shall find a cheapo." And this pretty much sums up my recent games against higher-rated players. In the Green Bay Open in July, I found ... | Read More

      • Blougram
      • | Aug 22, 2016
      • | 200 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Frustration

      by HJS "You will never know how much your programs on frustration meant to me," wrote a missionary who was held captive by the FARC guerillas in a Colombian jungle. He had listened to Guidelines by shortwave radio. His frustration was akin to tha... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Aug 22, 2016
      • | 84 views
      • | 0 comments
    • XXIII International Chess Festival ''Liepajas rokade-2016''

      XXIII International Chess Festival ''Liepajas rokade-2016''   The traditional chess festival in Latvia took place in the first weekend of august this year in Liepaja . The Open, the blitz, the supertournament, the tennis tournament were all call... | Read More

      • Malev212
      • | Aug 22, 2016
      • | 647 views
      • | 0 comments
    • How to play the opposite coloured bishop endgames?

      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, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, D... | Read More

    • "Dear God, What Is It Like To Die?"

      by HJS An eight-year-old boy with a troubled background wrote a letter to God, addressed it to heaven, put a stamp on it and mailed it. The message read, "Dear God, what is it like to die? . . . I don't want to do it. Your friend, Michael." Norma... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Aug 20, 2016
      • | 135 views
      • | 6 comments
    • The Nd5 sacrifice in the Sicilian

      The Nd5 sacrifice is a thematic idea in the sicilian defence. If black captures it it will open the center for white's attack. White often uses it to open lines for the attack or to break through when he has a huge lead in development. Sometimes ... | Read More

      • logozar
      • | Aug 20, 2016
      • | 204 views
      • | 8 comments
    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part I

      NOTE:  This was supposed to be a small note, but once I assembled all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, it quickly turned into quite a long article. So I’ve broken it up into two parts, vaguely along the li... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Aug 19, 2016
      • | 1273 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Training Routine

      July 2015 is when I started training harder to improve my chess. I search the internet, buy books, download apps and programs, and played a lot of chess. I also acquired 4 sets of boards already because I am a little picky about the piece design, ... | Read More

      • Alvin_Cruz
      • | Aug 18, 2016
      • | 136 views
      • | 2 comments
    • From A to Zugzwang

      Dan Heisman is one of the most original and respected chess coaches around today thanks to his teaching of the Dan Heisman thought process – a logical thinking method that helps players calculate more accurately, form winning strategies and avo... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Aug 18, 2016
      • | 1719 views
      • | 4 comments
    • New Free HQ Online Quiz Competition

      (Please note: in order to be able to take part in the competition, you must join our group first: https://www.chess.com/groups/home/chess-clinic ) This is a new HIGH QUALITY tactics chess quiz COMPETITION that I've just made for this group. It... | Read More

      • KID_Harish
      • | Aug 18, 2016
      • | 880 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Are you an attacking or a positional player?

        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, Day 9,  Day 10, Day 11, Day 12... | Read More

    • New Free HQ Online quiz competition!!

      Disclaimer ( this is 100% IM Javier Gil work) (Please note: in order to be able to take part in the competition, you must join our group first: https://www.chess.com/groups/home/chess-clinic ) This is a new HIGH QUALITY tactics chess quiz COMP... | Read More

      • gluestix
      • | Aug 17, 2016
      • | 143 views
      • | 0 comments