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    • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bishop Pair

      Hello again chess friends,   As a chess coach it often seems like the value of two bishops compared to a other combinations of minor pieces is just something students are suposed to trust. I think it's often someting learned from experience, ra... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | May 2, 2016
    • A Club Player's Life

      For this blog post, I would like to share with you some games featuring club players. Through these games, we can learn about some typical mistakes at the amateur level, how to punish them and how to avoid them. Furthermore, when we are trying to... | Read More

    • Reconstruction After The Brokenness

      by HJS George Sweeting says, "An ordinary bar of steel costs only a few dollars. If it is hammered into horseshoes, its price doubles. Made into needles, its value escalates a hundred times. Fashioned into springs for fine watches, its worth beco... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | May 1, 2016
    • Player Profiles: GM Anton Demchenko

      When Russian grandmaster Anton Demchenko isn´t playing table tennis, going for five hour rides with his bicycle over the mountains to visit his grandparents or dreaming of living in the wild, wild west with the villains and the cowboys, what he r... | Read More

      • Englix
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • 2016 PCC Golden Triangle Open

      Secret: if your local club makes some big changes to tournaments, many things may not turn out exactly right. It looks like the Pittsburgh Chess Club is moving toward faster time controls so people don't need to spend as much time playing. This ... | Read More

    • KIMPLODES--64 squares explained! (Part 1 of 10)

      KIMPLODES--sounds like a TV cartoon show, but instead it's an analytic approach that lets me tease out a few of Caissa's secrets. Some of my online acquaintances tell me they use it during coaching sessions with students, including a FIDE expert ... | Read More

    • Clàssic Sant Martí, group B

      Hi again. Here are the games played in my fourth slow OTB tournament. This was an U2100 tournament with 58 players in which I was the 26th of the startink ranking, and the first one I had to play 2000+ rated players. My own rating was 1915 at t... | Read More

      • sharcashmo
      • | Apr 30, 2016
    • EXCLUSIVE Q&A with CEO Erik!

      [Blog History] You'll FIND HIS ANSWERS HERE…      It was a little more than a decade ago that founder and CEO Erik and his friend, Jay, got together and decided the world needed a better chess site for players worldwide to play, learn, sha... | Read More

    • Capablanca's Rule

      I'd always assumed that Capablanca's rule was nearly as well-known as how the bishop moves, but after playing through a game from the German Bundesliga, it occurred to me that good old Capablanca's pearls of wisdom could be like the Orthodox Queen... | Read More

      • Illingworth
      • | Apr 28, 2016
    • A Sour Central Break

      After a long hiatus in blogging, I am back with an interesting concept to share with you - namely, when the central pawn break goes wrong! But before I delve into this, I'd like to share with you a position from my coaching files - one I must hav... | Read More

    • Jehovah Shalom (God Our Peace)

      by HJS A beautiful expression of God's desire for peace is found in the words of Gideon, one of Israel's judges. He feared that he would be killed at the hands of his enemies, but God sent an angel with the good news, "You are not going to die." ... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • Endings to Know: More Rook Endings-Part 2

      Today i'll be continuing rook endings with an outside passed pawn, this time covering some examples with the defenders rook behind the pawn. An important thing to know about these endings is a passsed rook pawn combined with a knight (or rook) paw... | Read More

      • TABiyiasas
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • Pump up your rating - following 1

      I've been reading in "Pump up your rating" by IM Axel Smith, and even though some of it is hard to grasp for me right now, I do enjoy reading all of it. In the chapter about "pawn levers" Axel Smith gives various examples how Axel and Nils Grande... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 25, 2016
    • A successful two weeks

      On Saturday 9th April I headed back to Munich. Unfortunately I wasn't able to play much for Munich 1836 this year but at least could drop in en-route to Dubai for the last round. We were in second place, ahead of the other Munich team (Tarrasch) b... | Read More

      • VerdeNotte
      • | Apr 25, 2016
    • Biggest Keys to Improvement in 2 Years of Chess

      Hey! A couple of years ago I joined a site named This site gave ratings, and had every game to play a person could think of. I improved my ratings in most games, then eyed the game of chess. I played a few matches and quickly realized I ... | Read More

      • jay_194
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • Pawn endings (2) - Some remarks about lost points.

      Out of a rook ending in this game white went into a lost pawn ending and black managed to draw it. Endings are boring? Hmm. Look into this one. :) White is clearly a better player than I am. The ... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • Rejoining the fight - game 7

      This is a blog about a former NM who basically retired from serious chess for about 15 years to pursue family and career, trying to make a mini comeback without studying too much or working too hard. Each blog will see me annotate a game from my t... | Read More

    • The Lord's Prayer

      Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive o... | Read More

      • MugoNyam
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • Praise

      by HJS The New Testament suggests that thanksgiving and praise are matters of your will, not your emotions. When trouble leads to discouragement and discouragement to depression, the last thing that you might feel like doing is to lift your face ... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Apr 23, 2016
    • Gripes with V3

      Okay, I think it is time to say this. I am not happy with certain implementations that have happened with V3.  Granted, there are some nice things, but some common-sense errors that are happening for who knows why. This is not my only complaint... | Read More

      • BirdBrain
      • | Apr 21, 2016