Match Strategy

Match Strategy

GM alexcolovic
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1 hr ago

I write this in the deserted Holiday Village Hotel where yesterday the European Club Cup finished. I am the last man standing as all the participants have left and the whole hotel resort looks like a ghost town. I was the captain of the women te...

How to play 25 Moves of Opening Theory

How to play 25 Moves of Opening Theory

NM BlakeyBChess
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16 hrs ago

Many chess players are intimidated by long opening variations. They resign themselves to playing the Colle System their whole life, or constantly end up in middlegames where they "don't know what to do" (because they've never learned their opening...

2 Most Important Endgame Principles

2 Most Important Endgame Principles

IM MatBobula
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2 days ago

This is probably one of the shortest articles that you will read about chess but also, in my opinion, one of the most important. If you start following only those two principles described below - you will be better in endgames than 80% of chess pl...

Snapshots from the European Club Cup 2019

Snapshots from the European Club Cup 2019

GM alexcolovic
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2 days ago

As I already said in my last post, I am currently in Ulcinj, Montenegro, for the European Club Cup. I am coaching the Italian women team of Caissa Pentole Agnelli, just like last year. So far the tournament is going turbulently for us, we have w...

Chess Songs Detective contest - Results!!

Chess Songs Detective contest - Results!!

ChessJuga
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2 days ago

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest! We had many excellent submissions . Many people found 5 or 6 of the references, including some of the sneakier ones! I'm glad to see so many Tal fans out there   But, we do have a cl...

A Mouse Slip Trap! (Morra Accepted)

A Mouse Slip Trap! (Morra Accepted)

MidnasLament
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2 days ago

Hey there, Stacia here and I wanted to share another recent training game I played on our favorite chess site.    I'm currently on a mission!  I have set an ambitious to goal to reach 1700 by the end of the year.  I am curren...

Mikhail Tal's last tournament game, revisited

Mikhail Tal's last tournament game, revisited

Spektrowski
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3 days ago

I have already posted Mikhail Tal's last game with annotations from Alexei Shirov, but recently, I came across a blog post by Tal's opponent, Vladimir Akopian. He sheds some more light on the situation and analyzes the game himself. An Epis...

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Openings for Amateurs

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Openings for Amateurs

ForwardChess
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6 days 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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8 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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9 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...

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