The Art of Sacrifice in Chess

The Art of Sacrifice in Chess

ForwardChess
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5 hrs ago

"A sacrifice is the natural product of the initiative." - GM Ivan Sokolov "Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack." - Wilhelm Steinitz (Former World Champion, 1886-1894) Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is The Art of Sacrifice in Ch...

The "First Pillar" of Opening Preparation

The "First Pillar" of Opening Preparation

NM BlakeyBChess
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15 hrs ago

Several players have reached out to me in the past few weeks to get access to my EXCLUSIVE training on building a Master-Level Opening Repertoire. (If you haven't, it's still not too late! Click HERE and let me know, and I'll send you the video....

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

kamalakanta
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19 hrs ago

Sometimes it pays to listen to your father, or even your grandfather! Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov (1921-2010) was a gigantic figure in chess in the 20th Century. He played three matches for the World Championship against Mikhail Botvinn...

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 6 - Bobby Fischer

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 6 - Bobby Fischer

KingsBishop
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23 hrs ago

As mentioned previously, a weak square's importance is dependent upon one's ability to utilize it. However, a weak square's utility is very much dependent upon its accessibility. Bobby Fischer demonstrates some tactical ingenuity to achieve a stra...

How to Get Better in Chess by Solving Puzzles

How to Get Better in Chess by Solving Puzzles

FM Gertsog
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1 day ago

Dear Chess Friends, I decided to continue the topic about beginners’ chess progress and this post is devoted to how to solve puzzles. I’m absolutely sure that solving puzzles is a part and parcel of any teaching process, but at the...

Day three at TATA steel chess - BISHOPS RULE

Day three at TATA steel chess - BISHOPS RULE

Bikfoot
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1 day ago

Hi all! Time to post a blog on the adventures that I'll have at TATA steel chess. I'll be playing the amateur ten camp - ten days and 9 rounds of intense chess right next to the pro players. This will be day one of my blog and I will stream the an...

My Cleveland Holiday Open Games

My Cleveland Holiday Open Games

MidnasLament
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1 day ago

Happy New Year! At the end of 2019 I played one last slow time control tournament called the Cleveland Holiday Open.  This was the first tournament where I aimed to play my new opening rep with the black pieces (without studying it! risk...

A Page From the Master's Book.

A Page From the Master's Book.

KingsBishop
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2 days ago

Twice in a single week have I managed good results against National Masters in USCF Online Tournaments. In both cases, my opponents played the Caro-Kann Defense. They were the 74th and 75th times that the Caro-Kann has been played against me in th...

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 5 - Considerations

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 5 - Considerations

KingsBishop
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2 days ago

Identification We must identify the weaknesses in our opponent's position, as well as those that exist in our own position. Without proper identification, we will not have proper calculation. Utilizing weaknesses and converting potential outpost...

2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round 1

2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round 1

WCM rebooks
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2 days ago

After a long break, I decided to reenter the world of daily chess with the biggest Chess.com tournament on record, the 2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship. In this post, I’ll be discussing my games from Round 1 of the tournament. I pla...

Openings MYTH #1: "The Early Deviation"

Openings MYTH #1: "The Early Deviation"

NM BlakeyBChess
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2 days ago

Most chess players have several misconceptions about opening preparation. It's not too hard to understand why. When we hear about Grandmasters with photographic memories playing 30 moves from memory, "opening theory" can feel out of reach for mo...

Rothwell

Rothwell

batgirl
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3 days ago

In March 1979 Chess Life and Review did a lovely presentation of the chess art of E. B. Rothwell.  The magazine was all B&W, so the images published there lacked color. The name Rothwell didn't ring a bell but upon looking it up I did f...

4 Typical Mistakes Beginners Make in Chess

4 Typical Mistakes Beginners Make in Chess

FM Gertsog
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4 days ago

Dear Chess Friends, Nowadays chess becomes more popular among adults. Let’s say if, for example, 20 years ago chess coaches had to teach kids only, now we teach anyone who wants to learn chess. As for me, I have approximately equal number ...

Author Files - Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann

Author Files - Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann

ForwardChess
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4 days ago

Once again, our new video series Author Files provides an inside look into the book straight from the source, the book's author. Whether it is explaining some of the material already included in the book, or providing a little extra insight, this ...

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 3 - Judit Polgar

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 3 - Judit Polgar

KingsBishop
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4 days ago

To move a pawn is to create a weakness, or a "hole" in the position. Because the pawn cannot move backwards, the weaknesses left in its wake are irreversible. That is why we should be cautious about our pawn advances. Of course, pawns must move...

The Catalan Opening Tournament

The Catalan Opening Tournament

IM MatBobula
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5 days ago

I created a Daily Chess Tournament for all those who want to practice the Catalan Opening.Every game starts from the position after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3I will analyze the most interesting games on my Twitch streamYou can join it...

Chess Master Class  by FIDE Master Victor Neustroev

Chess Master Class by FIDE Master Victor Neustroev

FM Gertsog
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5 days ago

Dear Chess Friends!Some of you might not have played chess for many years. However, many of those who play regularly find themselves stuck on a certain level and can’t get better. Why? Because they just don’t know what to do ...

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