Becoming a Better Chess Player

Becoming a Better Chess Player

MiddlegamerUmesh
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7 hrs ago

Hey Folks!          Long, long time since I wrote, but I did learn something from the time since I stopped taking chess seriously and yes, it's changing my life. Yes, and it's changing my chess too. I used to search...

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

RoaringPawn
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8 hrs ago

Some of his colleague GMs say Carlsen doesn’t play chess actually. They say he is not a real chess player. Few players still do play chess “in contrast to Carlsen, who prefers to wait for his opponent to make a mistake rather than tr...

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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19 hrs ago

Hi everyone. Probably, you have already heard about distant opposition in chess. But maybe you are not so clear about what it is, or what is it good for, or how to use it. In this post we are going to try to learn about it and answer those questio...

New Chess.com Navigation Rolling Out In Coming Weeks

New Chess.com Navigation Rolling Out In Coming Weeks

News
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19 hrs ago

Navigating around Chess.com is obviously an essential part of the site; what good are a million new features if you can't navigate to them? To that end, we are releasing a brand new navigation slowly to a few members (roughly 1 percent) at a tim...

Play the Catalan like Magnus

Play the Catalan like Magnus

Zeitnot17
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1 day ago

In my first post as a Top Blogger (@SamCopeland, thanks for the honor!), I'd like to try my hand at an exercise that one of my many favorite bloggers, FM Michel Coto (@Michel2426), recommends. If you're not already reading Michel's posts and ...

Chess World Championship Data - Magnus Carlsen

Chess World Championship Data - Magnus Carlsen

eberwine
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1 day ago

Chess World Championship Data The FIDE World Chess Championship is just under a month away! In anticipation of the event I wanted to take a closer look at the data from the games of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In particular the games fro...

Fight Fire with Fire

Fight Fire with Fire

GM Illingworth
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1 day ago

Hello chess friends! For today's post I have analyzed a short game from last year's PRO Chess League, from which we can learn an important concept about playing positions with a material advantage: We shouldn't assume that th...

Another day at the European Club Cup in Halkidiki

Another day at the European Club Cup in Halkidiki

GM janwerle
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2 days ago

The third round of the European Club Cup has been played this Sunday. Of course there are many interesting games to share with you dear readers, but I'd rather share with you my special experience of the day. My German team Werder Bremen faced the...

Standard #27: The Queen Wedge

Standard #27: The Queen Wedge

MidnasLament
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2 days ago

This is a Round 4 of a USCF rated tournament game from the Parma Chess Championships. (G90;d5).  I played the white pieces against Dave Bumba, a 1700-1800 USCF player. White played solid and not precisely enough and black equalizes in ...

Overcoming Difficult Opponents

Overcoming Difficult Opponents

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

I feel a bit tired now after talking virtually nonstop for 12 hours today, but that didn't stop me from winning two blitz games tonight against an anonymous GM who only a few weeks ago was one of my most difficult opponents on the Chess.com server...

Топ 5 лучших дебютов для блица

Топ 5 лучших дебютов для блица

Anonymous_Combinator
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2 days ago

       Здравствуйте, сегодня я хочу вам показать топ 5 дебютов для блица. Это будут и гамбиты, многие забытые шахматистами. И поэтому, я покажу вам их, чтобы вы могли применять их, и выигрывать, так как люди не будут знать их. ...

Still Life: Modern Chess Under Predation Press

Still Life: Modern Chess Under Predation Press

RoaringPawn
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2 days ago

15 STILL LIFE CHESS PIECES OF ART. What is the meaning of modern chess? "Just to take control over sixteen unoccupied central squares, and the two central horizontals. Art of chess has long ago been reduced to struggle for space. So following ...

My good games at this week #37

My good games at this week #37

UAArtur
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2 days ago

Hello, my dear chess friends! This is my new game report about my chess games. Have you heard about Friday's Big Event? Its regular bullet tournament on chess.com with time control 2/1. I had the courage to take part in one such, along wi...

The Cat With Nine Lives

The Cat With Nine Lives

GM Illingworth
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3 days ago

For today's post, I've shared a recent blitz game I played, where I used one of my nine lives to win a game where I got outplayed up and down the board. My annotations ended up being quite brief, so I've included them in full.  Three th...

Capablanca: Always in Zeitnot?!

Capablanca: Always in Zeitnot?!

RoaringPawn
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3 days ago

THE GREAT CUBAN HAD ALWAYS BEEN IN THE TIME PRESSURE... IN ONE THING. The Hungarian Russian Grandmaster Lilienthal played ten world champions in his career, and beat six of them. In his time, he was one of the top elite players, next to such wor...

Introducing the Petrosian QID

Introducing the Petrosian QID

GM Illingworth
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3 days ago

In this post, I will introduce the Petrosian Variation of the Queen's Indian, so that almost any player can understand the basic ideas of this opening. It arises after the following moves: Why would White spend a tempo on a non-developin...

The Platov brothers capture a Queen (+ Video)

The Platov brothers capture a Queen (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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4 days ago

Hello everyone. As part of my preparation for next tournaments, I found this study; it was created by the Platov brothers (Vasily and Mikhail) and published in 1909. I encourage you to try to resolve it, focus for some minutes, think, and the...

Endgame Tactics from Vidit-So

Endgame Tactics from Vidit-So

GM Illingworth
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5 days ago

In this post, I've taken some endgame positions from my analysis of the recent Speed Chess Challenge match between Wesley So and Santosh Gujrathi Vidit, where you have the opportunity to find some nice ideas  Vidit was White in each of the pu...

Comparing the D-Pawn Systems (Part 2)

Comparing the D-Pawn Systems (Part 2)

IndreRe
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5 days ago

Last time we started comparing the D-Pawn Systems that you can play after 1...d5, going through the the "Lame Torre", Levitsky Attack, Stonewall Attack, Veresov, and the Jobava Attack.  This time we'll look at the big three, starting wit...

Don't Feed the Hippo

Don't Feed the Hippo

GM Illingworth
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5 days ago

A few months ago, I visited Adelaide Zoo and saw many beautiful and interesting animals, including the Hippopotamus. I don't think I'll ever forget Brutus the old hippo - he would spend nearly all his time in the water, lured only by the prospect ...

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