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beth_thrasher Aug 31, 2017

The Wingfield High School Chess Team traveled to the "Catfish Classic" in Belzoni, Mississippi this past Saturday.  Though our top player only garnered 3.0 points and most of the rest of our guys recorded only 1 or 2 points, we had a GREAT ti...

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Charlie Changes Everything

GM smurfo Aug 31, 2017

I don't know how I ended up becoming a chess book reviewer in my spare time, but it's certainly a fun hobby. It's gotten to the point that every now and then, I randomly receive a new chess book in the mail to take a look at - which, as any che...

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The Best Move

GM alexcolovic Aug 30, 2017

How chess has evolved since Garry's retirement and another look at his problems in St. Louis. http://www.alexcolovic.com/2017/08/the-best-move/

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Endgame Tactics Time

NM CoachJKane Aug 29, 2017

Hi Chess Friends,   Tonight I had a talented student of mine play out a few endgames to practice converting good positions with the clock ticking.  On his first try with one ending he found a key sacrificial idea, but played it too early and en...

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Chess.com Dev Update: August 28, 2017

News Aug 28, 2017

Hey Chess.com!  It's time for another fireside chat so pull up a chair as we dole out the newest updates and improvements.  First off, we have a hard fast goal for an event many of us have been waiting on for ages. V2--the old ...

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Path To Chess Prosperity: Prelude

EOGuel Aug 27, 2017

Hello to all chess fans! I will begin a new blog series called "Path to Chess Prosperity". As some of you know, I am 16 years old rated 1650 USCF, living in Waco, TX and I am part of the Waco Chess Club (even though we are very small, we do c...

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Game-A-Day (August 28, 2017)

NM ih8sens Aug 27, 2017

I didn't get a chance to play one yesterday, so sorry for the wait! This game was okay.  My opponent completely blew it early but my conversion wasn't so good. What I learned: The early Nbd7 idea screws up all of white's tr...

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Miniature Win

philidor_position Aug 27, 2017

This week I was paired with SirIvanhoe: fellow moderator, and the person making a lot of things happen at the Slow Chess League.  A quick look at the game might give the impression that you could hear a pin drop until the very end, ...

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Aranytiz round 7 - Winning in the exchange slav

IM attilaturzo Aug 26, 2017

In the exchange slav I always had a great result. White players tend to play for a draw by exchanges, but in the long run they make mistakes and I won many games in the endgame. This happened again in round 7 against Bianka Havanecz a woman inter...

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Aranytiz round 6 - Draw against a Grandmaster

IM attilaturzo Aug 26, 2017

In round 6 I played with white against International Grandmaster Boris Kantsler from Israel. I got a small edge in the opening against the Philidor defense. Then I made a natural looking move, I moved out from a pin, but my other piece became pi...

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Game-A-Day (August 25, 2017)

NM ih8sens Aug 25, 2017

This wasn't as fun as yesterday.  I didn't play well but my opponent wasn't very good... again. I learned: I need to learn some Stonewall theory.  What a waste of my life, but people still play it so... The endgame that I've ...

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How did I lose a winning position

IM Juraldo Aug 25, 2017

My position (playing white) is technically wining but my last move 66.c4?? was a horrible blunder. How did black take advantage of it? Black to play and win.

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Aranytiz round 5 - Trapped in the opening

IM attilaturzo Aug 25, 2017

In round 5 my oppoennt played an unusual line in against the sicilian defense, which I dealt with in some blitz games with bad result. I studies some games about the line before our match, but I allowed a nice piece sacrifice and continued to pla...

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While a 13 Year Old Was Shot, We Practiced.

beth_thrasher Aug 24, 2017

Tonight, the Wingfield Chess Team made its last preparations before leaving for Belzoni, Mississippi Saturday morning to kick off our competition season... down the street, a 16 year old shot a 13 year old. (Above:  Teaching Greg Bugh...

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Game-A-Day (Aug. 24, 2017)

NM ih8sens Aug 24, 2017

So I've decided to start blogging again.  I think I have an idea for improving my chess, and that's to play one (only one) 15 minute game every day.  I'll then study the game in depth and post my work on my blog.   The goal is ...

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Did Garry Kasparov Underperform?

EOGuel Aug 23, 2017

I know this is somewhat overdue... but never too late to say sorry!  Among the most anticipated chess events in this chess age was the stunning return of former World Champion Garry Kasparov in competitive chess (St. Louis Rapid/Blitz ev...

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Welcome to the Arena: A New Kind of Chess Tournament!

News Aug 22, 2017

We’re so excited to introduce a brand new kind of tournament in Live Chess this week: Arena tournaments! What are they all about? Glad you asked!… First of all, here’s what Arenas are definitely NOT about: waiting for the next...

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Aranytiz round 3 - Checkmated

IM attilaturzo Aug 22, 2017

In round 3, I played the scotch which I studied 20 years ago and used to become an international master, but did not like it. After his 5..Nf6, I got a new idea of Qe2 to prevent black's usual development.  I missed his Ba6 idea to prevent my sho...

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Aranytiz round 2 - Piece sacrifice

IM attilaturzo Aug 21, 2017

In round 2 I was able to sacrifice a bishop to open the position of my opponent, but I played too slow and he was able to give back the bishop and exchange queens to save the game. I tried other 20 moves, but it was a draw: In round 3 I will pl...

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Chess University Hiring + Executive Positions

GeniusKJ Aug 20, 2017

Chess University, Inc. continues to reach new milestones and is revolutionizing chess education. As of this month, we are the world's first organization to offer live, graded, in-school elective chess classes that are taught entirely online. Our f...


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