New iPad Chess App!

New iPad Chess App!

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Oct 22, 2012

Chess community. I have been working off and on for the last 18 months on a chess score sheet app that will satisfy the requirements of the USCF (United States Chess Federation) and the average chess player. I think that I now have an app that wi...

Understanding your opening (Scotch Game Pt.I)

Understanding your opening (Scotch Game Pt.I)

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Apr 4, 2009

Leave it up to Chess.com to vote on an opening that I don't play personally. When the votes started coming in, I said, "boy." Now I have to learn a new opening.  I am glad I did.  I have probably played around the Scotch and didn't even know it in...

Understanding your opening (Part III)

Understanding your opening (Part III)

ChessCoachNet
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Mar 25, 2009

Understanding your opening for the average player begins with these ideas. Are you looking for a closed position or an open position? Do you know the advantages of each type? Knowing what weaknesses and strengths exist in your chosen opening will...

You Can Play Blindfold Chess too!

You Can Play Blindfold Chess too!

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Mar 14, 2009

The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament starts today in Nice, France. This is as good as time as any to try your hand at blindfold chess.  I have done a little research and if you have any of the popular chess software programs like Chessmas...

Understanding your opening (Part II)

Understanding your opening (Part II)

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Mar 12, 2009

I had not planned on making this a series, but I am still getting questions on what to do in various positions.  So let's start at the top. We will cover general ideas that you can apply to any opening. It has come to my attention that the casual...

What Chess Skills are in your Bag? Part II

What Chess Skills are in your Bag? Part II

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Mar 10, 2009

We have talked briefly about the "draw" skill.  It is certainly one of those skills that most GM/IM/SM possess. The next skill we will talk about is the skill of "tactics."  This is an easy skill to talk about since it is the one that gets most m...

What Chess Skills are in your Bag? Part I

What Chess Skills are in your Bag? Part I

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Mar 5, 2009

Every chess player whether they are beginner or master can do at least one thing in the game of chess.  The stronger you get the more things or skills you develop. Beginners learn how to move the pawns first. The next two pieces are probably the ...

Magic Bullet Chess Improvement

Magic Bullet Chess Improvement

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Feb 25, 2009

Are you the type of chess player who doesn't have a lot of time to study?  Chess books are too difficult to understand?  You can't seem to get your rating about 1400-1600?  Tired of loosing to your friends? or the computer? There is one sure way ...

Concentration Drills Pt.1

Concentration Drills Pt.1

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Feb 23, 2009

I had been planning this post all weekend. Once I finally logged into chess.com and made my moves on various boards, I broke my own rule.  I made a rushed move.  Now I have done this periodically over the last year.  It would appear every 3-4 week...

Strongest Week of Chess

Strongest Week of Chess

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Feb 15, 2009

What a week we have in store for us. Starting Feb. 17th the Kamsky-Topolav match finally begins. I have been waiting for this matchup for over a year.  I personally believe that Topolav is a favorite, but I know Kamsky has some novelties prepared ...

Understanding your opening

Understanding your opening

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Feb 14, 2009

Serious chess. This post is not for the casual player. I believe that if you have a favorite opening, you should know it inside and out.  For some people, this is how they get a favorite opening. By studying an opening so well that it becomes nat...

Ready, Set, Notes!

Ready, Set, Notes!

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Feb 9, 2009

Some players have not utilized the "notes" feature available on every turn-based game.  The "notes" tab is located next to the "details" tab on the right side of your game screen. This is a good place to document your ideas while you are thinking...

How to lose in chess...

How to lose in chess...

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Feb 8, 2009

Everyone has their ups and downs in chess. Some people have more downs than ups.  However, without losing you can't win. I have been celebrating over the last couple of days some wins I have coming in some of my games.  I felt as if I was walking...

Chess Addict - Moving while sleepy

Chess Addict - Moving while sleepy

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Feb 8, 2009

Are you so excited about chess and chess.com that you can't wait to see if anyone has moved?  Do you sleep with your laptop computer? Is chess.com your default browser page? If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you might be an addict....

When do you accept a draw?

When do you accept a draw?

ChessCoachNet
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Feb 7, 2009

This is another one of those common questions I hear when working with students.  When I am considering a draw offer made by my opponent I look at the overall position.  I ask myself, what would need to happen for me to loose this game? I don't a...

Excelling at Technical Chess

Excelling at Technical Chess

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Feb 7, 2009

I am reading "Excelling at Technical Chess" by Jacob Aagaard. I am early in the book but already he has said some meaningful and helpful things. One of which I will share with you right now. Pieces should be activated in descending order. This m...

How much time do you study chess?

How much time do you study chess?

ChessCoachNet
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Feb 4, 2009

How much time do you dedicate to chess in a day/week?  There was a survey done somewhere on the interent, where it was basically stated that amateurs spent a couple hours a day and the strength of the player increased exponentially by the number o...

2009-The Year of the Master Title

2009-The Year of the Master Title

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Feb 3, 2009

This is my first post of the New Year. Let me say Happy New Year to all those I haven't spoken with already. I have big plans for chess this year.  This is the year that I will dedicate myself to making 2200 OTB.  I have done it several times onl...

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