Move Every Piece Once...

Move Every Piece Once...

NM danheisman
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10 hrs ago

"Move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic" is the most important principle (not goal!) in the opening. This principle is ancient. I found an almost identical one in Emanuel Lasker's book Common Sense i...

Instructive Pawns Endgame (+ Video)

Instructive Pawns Endgame (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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11 hrs ago

Instructive Pawns Endgame (+ Video) Hi everyone. As you probably know, I really like to study and work with endgames, I think it’s very important for any chess player who wants to improve and make progress at chess. In this post we will an...

Lenin's chess table

Lenin's chess table

introuble2
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1 day ago

Searching in the Soviet chess magazines of the 1960s for my previous blog, I've bumped into these interesting photos of the head picture, where, as you can see, a chesstable for four players is presented. The host article had the title Great Frien...

My good games at this week #58

My good games at this week #58

UAArtur
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2 days ago

Hello, my dear chess friends! This week a lot of small things left me quite a bit of time for chess.But still, this week I played, perhaps one of my best games.The second game is not so interesting, but it still illustrates the ideas of some of ...

The Philosophy of Gambit Play

The Philosophy of Gambit Play

IndreRe
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2 days ago

To play a gambit is to sacrifice material, usually a pawn, right in the opening. This is done to get something in return, what is known as your compensation.  The concept of compensation is essential in understanding gambi...

Chess engines - are stupid!!!!!

Chess engines - are stupid!!!!!

NM FLchessplayer
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2 days ago

Most of the time, all you do is hear me complain about chess engines and cheaters ... how a human has no hope against a chess engine ...  BUT!!! Did you know there are times that chess engines are absolutely ZERO help? (No, this is not a jo...

Find the fastest mate

Find the fastest mate

Zeitnot17
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4 days ago

Inspired by my latest series of Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, I'd like to share an interesting position that popped up in a 3/2 blitz game I just played. Find the fastest mate. If you'd like to brush up on this tactic, GM Pat...

A Good Game in a Bad Tournament

A Good Game in a Bad Tournament

FM Cats4Sale
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5 days ago

Something's ailing me. I'm not playing well after coming out of my semi-retirement. Nevertheless I've not completely lost my chess marbles as evidenced by the following beauty that I played in the first round of the Marshall Masters against the am...

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

IM IM_Kgwm
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5 days ago

I have just finished two tournaments in Austria, the excellently organised Lienz Open and Graz Open and I am astonished at the number of Caro-Kanns that were played in the latter. Perhaps, it is because the inventor of this opening, Markus Kann is...

PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

SFMechanics
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6 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. This post also includes Final Four picks!! This analysis ...

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

SFMechanics
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6 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. I'll note that throughout the season, I had some misgivin...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Zeitnot17
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6 days ago

As we discussed in my first post in this series, Mikhail Chigorin loved chess problems.  As editor of Shakhmatny Listok, Chigorin selected the best chess problems for his readers. In my first post, we looked at the first study published in ...

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

SFMechanics
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7 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Atlantic Division and their playoff prospects. 1. St Louis Archbishops St Louis Official Accu...

A HUGE Milestone!!!

A HUGE Milestone!!!

NM FLchessplayer
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7 days ago

How many chess games have you played?  I am NOT talking about your ratings ... just the total number of games that you have actually played?  As you can see from this image. I have now played over 100,000 bullet games!!!!!!!!!...

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

SFMechanics
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7 days ago

by David Pruess, Manager I've looked over the 4 pacific playoff teams, looking for lineups that best utilize the players with the strongest performances so far this year-- although in some cases there are still some potentially strong players on...

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