A New Taste

A New Taste

SFMechanics
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2 min ago

A New Taste by David Pruess, Manager What is this new taste? So delectable, so different from any I have tasted before? A playoff victory?? The San Francisco Mechanics have won a playoff match?? Yes, it is a franchise first PCL postseason wi...

Chess is a passion for him

Chess is a passion for him

JosephReidNZ
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4 hrs ago

Nothing gives more joy to Samarth J. Rao, a 16-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy, than playing chess. It is simply a passion for him. A Class 10 student of Government High School Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district, he acquired the passion to pla...

The Queen's Pawn Opening - An Overview

The Queen's Pawn Opening - An Overview

NM BlakeyBChess
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14 hrs ago

Continuing on with our series on "Opening overviews," it's now time to discuss the Queen's Pawn Opening. Black can either play the solid and stable 1...d5, often leading to the Queen's Gambit - or black can try any of numerous other systems, oft...

Tactics in the games of Vera Menchik

Tactics in the games of Vera Menchik

FM ddtru
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23 hrs ago

A few weeks ago my article on Vera Menchik appeared in British journal "CHESS". Unfortunately, it is not (yet?) available online but you can buy this issue of the journal at the publisher's website. "CHESS" is one of the best journals in the histo...

Beginning at Bughouse on Chess.com

Beginning at Bughouse on Chess.com

JarlCarlander
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1 day ago

Every bughouse player has different reasons for being drawn to the game. Some like the collaborative aspects, some like the increased depth, and some like the fancy checkmates. I'm sure if you try bughouse, you will be hooked like I was. This is a...

Enjoying Other Bloggers' Blogs!

Enjoying Other Bloggers' Blogs!

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

Update 8-18-19: Annotated game included. How do you keep up with the wide range of great chess content available online?  Back when I was a professional chess player, I would be very eager to stay 'up to date' with the latest games, i...

Chess Training : Analyzing My Chess

Chess Training : Analyzing My Chess

MiddlegamerUmesh
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2 days ago

I'm not a very serious, competitive chess player, but I love playing the game. It has been quite a while since I played a big tournament. Recently, I decided that I'd play in the National Amateur Chess Championship (India), not in a very competiti...

The King's Pawn Opening - An Overview

The King's Pawn Opening - An Overview

NM BlakeyBChess
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3 days ago

A lot of people begin their study of chess openings by diving right into complex variations, seeking to emulate the Grandmasters they admire. Inevitably, this leads to confusion.  You'll hear disgruntled beginners complaining about how t...

How to Destroy Weak Pawns

How to Destroy Weak Pawns

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

How do you turn the opponent’s weak pawns into won pawns? What is the key to converting a better pawn structure into a win on the board? I recently recorded the following video, to help you with this important technical aspect of che...

Principles explained #2 - Why do we castle?

Principles explained #2 - Why do we castle?

CM GaborHorvath
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4 days ago

There are a lot of chess principles we hear all the time, but don’t necessarily understand, or never really investigate. The purpose of these posts is to take a closer look of those principles, and examine the logic behind them.  One ...

Classical Dutch Strategy 4 - Thematic Manoeuvres

Classical Dutch Strategy 4 - Thematic Manoeuvres

FangBo
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5 days ago

Hello again! First of all, here are the links to the first 3 in this series. I would recommend reading them too, but you can still access the content in this post without having read the previous issues: Classical Dutch Strategy 1 - e4, f5 C...

Intuition and the Invisible Thread

Intuition and the Invisible Thread

kamalakanta
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6 days ago

The art of Positional Chess is passed on from generation to generation. In this blog post we will see the invisible thread that unites Rubinstein, Smyslov and Anand, in their treatment of the Meran Variation, but also in some general patterns. C...

Using the Bishop Pair Advantage

Using the Bishop Pair Advantage

GM Illingworth
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6 days ago

My previous blog post was all about how to reach a good knight vs. bad bishop position. Now, we will see the other side to the story, and learn how to use the bishop pair advantage in the endgame! I was inspired by a very recent game Nepomniac...

Learn to play Tarrasch Defense

Learn to play Tarrasch Defense

IM MatBobula
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6 days ago

If you are looking for an active answer against 1.d4 (and almost everything except 1. e4) - you should watch the course that explains most important ideas of the Tarrasch Defense. 1) Introductionhttps://www.chess.com/video/player/learn-to-play-t...

My Compositions #2: An unforeseen hero

My Compositions #2: An unforeseen hero

IM vinniethepooh
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7 days ago

Visualization, Awareness, Imagination. Solving chess compositions enhance these three crucial aspects of your tactical ability. Studies train your eyes to unexpected moves, crazy ideas, and significantly improve your creativity. Welcome bac...

The Lion Who Ate Kings.

The Lion Who Ate Kings.

simaginfan
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7 days ago

Morning everyone. Before I start, a big thank you to the inimitable @batgirl for providing some photographs and allowing me to link to a couple of her articles. So, in the comments to one of my posts a few weeks ago, I mentioned that a good su...

How to Get a Good Knight vs. Bad Bishop Position

How to Get a Good Knight vs. Bad Bishop Position

GM Illingworth
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8 days ago

We've all seen positions where a knight dominates a bishop in a fixed pawn structure...but how do we reach such positions in our own games? Naturally, the key is to make a favourable exchange of our bishop for the opponent's knight, and ideally,...

Guest Post: A Series of Inaccurate Moves

Guest Post: A Series of Inaccurate Moves

JarlCarlander
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9 days ago

The author of this post, RattleShakeFries, hails from an old site called FICS ((fantastically inaccurate chess site (not to be confused with FICS, the free internet chess server). Most blogs on bughouse, I imagine, contain examples of patie...

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