The Holy Grail - The Perfect Pawn Center!

The Holy Grail - The Perfect Pawn Center!

FM zibbit
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37 min ago

The other day I played a game here on chess.com where I reached the magical Holy Grail of which I have never achieve before in tens of thousands, most likely over 100.000 games played online and live. The perfect 4-square "Holy Grail" pawn center!...

Ending the Englund Gambit

Ending the Englund Gambit

IndreRe
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7 hrs ago

When you play 1. d4 in Bullet and Blitz you're sure to see a lot of 1...e5?. Some people of course just play it as a premove. However, the majority try to make you waste a lot of time and beat you in their pet line. In fact, 1...e5? lead...

Team Iceland beats Srbija Tim in LCWL Division 1

Team Iceland beats Srbija Tim in LCWL Division 1

FM zibbit
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1 day ago

The fourth season of the LCWL (Live Chess World League) got under way last week and the first games in the 1st division were played over the weekend. LCWL is now in it's 4th season and keeps growing every season. The league has four divisions with...

Leonid Stein playing the King's Indian

Leonid Stein playing the King's Indian

introuble2
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2 days ago

I've discovered him while searching some on King's Indian Defense. Against 1. d4 it seemed to be his main choice during his short career and life. Leonid Stein, born in Ukrania on Nov 12, 1934, won 3 Soviet championships and many international e...

Exploring the Taimanov Variation (Part 2)

Exploring the Taimanov Variation (Part 2)

NM scaryninja
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4 days ago

Hey Everyone! Here we are, taking a step into the Taimanov Variation in the Sicilian Defense. This is part 2, where we are getting more serious. Part 1 was about: Plans in the Taimanov, Mark Taimanov (the creator), Ideas in the hedgehog,...

Amazing Attack Miniature Kopetsky vs Engert, 1942

Amazing Attack Miniature Kopetsky vs Engert, 1942

FM michechess89
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5 days ago

Hi chess mates. I am glad to post twice this week. This time we are going to analyze an attack game, a miniature, where Black took a pawn in the opening, as White got some compensation and attack possibilities for the material down. And that&rsquo...

GM Aman Hambleton competing in Brazil!

GM Aman Hambleton competing in Brazil!

ChessBrah
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6 days ago

Brazil Update: Aman is sitting at 5/7 after scoring a win last night. Today, he's been paired with a 2000 rated player who is having a good event! Tournament Standings You can watch the games LIVE here on chess.com! Rounds start at 7 pm eas...

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 1)

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 1)

IM MatBobula
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6 days ago

One of the most important things in chess is to find the right plan. During the game, every playerfaces that challenge. The first time to evaluate is right after the opening and usually 2-3 times lateron. There is even a saying, “better to p...

Total Domination

Total Domination

GM alexcolovic
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6 days ago

Carlsen is winning everything. I have to admit that I like that. I enjoyed watching Kasparov win everything in the 90s. Perhaps I feel that chess is a game of kings and it needs a proper king to rule and show his strength. In 1959 t...

Max Euwe's little-known masterpiece

Max Euwe's little-known masterpiece

Zeitnot17
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9 days ago

In the summer of 1972, when Gennadi Sosonko left Russia for the West, his luggage consisted "entirely of a strong desire to leave the country, a rather sketchy impression of the world that lay beyond its borders, and a suitcase full of books." A...

Classical Dutch Strategy 2 - A Lone Pawn on f4

Classical Dutch Strategy 2 - A Lone Pawn on f4

FangBo
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9 days ago

Welcome to the second edition of this series on the classical Dutch! In this one, we will look at a different pawn structure that can arise from this opening. Again black manages to play … f4! securing decent attacking chances on the king...

Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann

Secrets of the Classical Caro-Kann

NM BlakeyBChess
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11 days ago

Many people think of the Caro-Kann as a dull, dry opening that old men play to try to draw with black. (Indeed, I can't recall a single time I've met someone younger than me who plays the Caro!) Historically, the Classical variation hasn't done ...

Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e5, f4 Closed Centre

Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e5, f4 Closed Centre

FangBo
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12 days ago

Welcome! It is well known that the classical Dutch defence is one of the most volatile openings going, when black congregates all of his pieces on the kingside and at the appropriate moment blasts through, like storming the bastille. Sometimes i...

Hidden power of the Tarrasch Defense

Hidden power of the Tarrasch Defense

IM MatBobula
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12 days ago

At the end of the 19th century Siegbert Tarrasch, one of the strongest players at this times, invented and popularised an active way of playing against Queen's Gambit - 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5He admired c5 move to that point that he always put...

Breaking Down A Puzzle Step By Step

Breaking Down A Puzzle Step By Step

EOGuel
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14 days ago

Hi guys. Even with my life making such twists and turns, graduating high school, preparing for college, and burning out of blogging, I still wish to share some content for you guys! Here is a cool tactic on Chess.com I solved today, and I...

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