BOOK OF THE WEEK: Openings for Amateurs

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Openings for Amateurs

ForwardChess
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1 day ago

“I did not want to write simply another repertoire book. There are entirely too many of those. Aside from the material on openings I’ve written in various media that people have valued, I felt there had to be something in addition that...

Overmatched Queens

Overmatched Queens

NM CoachJKane
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2 days ago

Last week I played two blitz games on the same day that demonstrated the limits of the queen against a rook and a piece. The first game I won in good style and didn't realize until post-game analysis that I should have forced a draw after winning ...

8 Tips to Increase your Online Rating

8 Tips to Increase your Online Rating

FM michechess89
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2 days ago

Hi chess fans. Lately I have been writing about some particular games, or endgames, or some specific situation on the board (taking advantage of my YouTube channel where I explain those positions or games). But I love to write posts about general ...

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 3)

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 3)

IndreRe
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2 days ago

Welcome to the third part of our planned 4-part series on the infamous Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Our aim is to find a Black response that gives us the most "bang for our buck". In the second part we covered two "accepted" options, 5...e6 (the E...

CHESS SONG CONTEST... FOR CHESS DETECTIVES ONLY

CHESS SONG CONTEST... FOR CHESS DETECTIVES ONLY

ChessJuga
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2 days ago

I have a Chess Song Contest... and its seems it's a damn hard contest, cause there is no winner yet ! Are you a Mikhail Tal fan, or expert ? Or are you a Chess detective, who knows the exact game sequences, quotes and personal facts about ...

What kind of player was Tigran Petrosian?

What kind of player was Tigran Petrosian?

IM vinniethepooh
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4 days ago

"Some consider that when I play chess I'm excessively cautious. But it seems to me that the question may be a different one. I try to avoid chance. Those who rely on chance should play cards or roulette. Chess is something quite different. -T...

What Happened to Smyslov?

What Happened to Smyslov?

kamalakanta
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5 days ago

Dear readers, I have a few books by Efim Geller, and they are all excellent. Starting with his books on the King's Indian Defense, and followed by his classic, "The Application of Chess Theory", his games emanate great power! In the following ga...

Mikhail Tal and the Art of 'Ghost Creation'

Mikhail Tal and the Art of 'Ghost Creation'

IM vinniethepooh
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5 days ago

Such was the dominance of Mikhail Tal in the 1960's that if he sacrificed a piece for the initiative, the player sitting opposite to him would mentally collapse already. After all, if his play confounds engines till date, what can you expect from ...

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 3)

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 3)

IM MatBobula
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6 days ago

Before reading that article I strongly recommend reading part 1. and part 2. https://www.chess.com/blog/MatBobula/how-to-create-a-plan-in-the-middlegame-part-1 https://www.chess.com/blog/MatBobula/how-to-create-a-plan-in-the-middlegame-part-2 ...

Not a Grandmaster but...

Not a Grandmaster but...

JapaneseTutor
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6 days ago

Today we are going to learn about the best player in my honest opinion. He is none other than Rashid Nezhmetdinov. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE(it's free):https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Cmno1Bf_fAf8vd8y9DPZA?sub_confirmation=1 Follow me here for...

Unusual Moves -- The Hidden Advantage

Unusual Moves -- The Hidden Advantage

EOGuel
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7 days ago

What's up, everyone! I'm back!!! And hopefully, I will be for a while. I know some of you missed me (at least I assume so!), so here I am with some more content from your typical chess amateur! This series will be on unusual moves --...

When Karpov decides to attack (+ Video)

When Karpov decides to attack (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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8 days ago

Hi chess people. I have seen many games where former World Champion Antoly Karpov got a small long term advantage and won a slow (although interesting) battle. But this one we are going to see today is different. At the end of the opening, he prep...

BOOK OF THE WEEK: How I beat Fischer's record

BOOK OF THE WEEK: How I beat Fischer's record

ForwardChess
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8 days ago

"Notions of chess have been shattered by a teen-age Hungarian girl - some call her modest and soft-spoken, but many opponents know her as a ferocious tiger over the board - who after years of steady progress began breathing down the necks of the t...

3 Tips for Mastering Blitz Chess

3 Tips for Mastering Blitz Chess

NM BlakeyBChess
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9 days ago

Over the past few months, I've had several player ask me for advice on getting better at blitz chess. It's a good time to answer that question - we just kicked off the ChessPathways Blitz Streak Challenge, where the ChessPathways members (free t...

Busy Times

Busy Times

GM alexcolovic
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9 days ago

It’s been a month since I last posted and this is the longest period I’ve gone without a post since I started this blog back in 2014. As usual, I followed everything that was happening in the chess world, the Grand Swiss, the Europea...

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