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Sinquefield Cup Scenes: 3 Leaders After 3 Rounds

EOGuel Aug 4, 2017

The 2017 Sinquefield Cup is what we have waited for all year... and it is only heating up. We see Magnus Carlsen dispatch his former World Championship rival Sergey Karjakin right after time control while Fabiano Caruana delivers a 110-move victor...

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Blitz Chess #399: Benoni Defense

NM ChessNetwork Aug 1, 2017

When you play the Benoni, you will experience a lack of space, and an imbalanced pawn structure. A good strategy for black is to seek at least 1 minor piece exchange in order to be able to move about more freely within the limited space. Given tim...

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The Move ...g5 In The Sicilian

GM alexcolovic Aug 1, 2017

I'm talking not so much about the move (which occurred as early as move 4!) but more about feeling your inner state and making decisions and opening choices accordingly. http://www.alexcolovic.com/2017/07/move-g5-sicilian/

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All boxed up

GM smurfo Aug 1, 2017

When you play often enough on an online chess server, you start to see the same usernames popping up as your opponents. It makes for a weird social network. I recall a story where some Australian chess players met the famous Hikaru Nakamura at a t...

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Playing on the Queenside: When Your King is in Danger

EOGuel Jul 31, 2017

Hello! Welcome to my second installment on playing actively on the Queenside. I hope you enjoyed the first. This will likely be my last because the Sinquefield Cup is coming up, and I may blog a little bit about that. Anyways, if I could...

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Fight Goes On Even After Getting A Piece Up

philidor_position Jul 31, 2017

New practice: I'll start posting CAPS scores on every game I play and blog about. In both of the last two games I played at the Slow Chess League, I got a piece up quite early in the game. But although I carried the material advantage over into ...

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Playing on the Queenside: Forcing Open Holes

EOGuel Jul 29, 2017

Hello, fellow chess players! First, allow me to take a moment to mention that I submitted the application and yesterday found out that I was awarded the top blogger title. I didn't expect it to come so soon, but... here I am now, writing...

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The strangest dream

GM smurfo Jul 29, 2017

I'm a dreamer. Literally; I dream almost every night, and I recall them vividly. They are often bizarrely creative, including the odd chess dream, though occasionally, during stressful work periods, more boring topics sneak in. But last night's ha...

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The Chess Player's Mating Guide Vol 1&2!

IM RobertRis Jul 27, 2017

Hi everyone,   Today I received a copy of the newly released Vol.2 of The Chess Player's Mating Guide series I recorded for ChessBase. I'm quite happy with the result and would recommend any ambitious club player and fan of attacking chess to ha...

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Getting An Easy Ride

SonofPearl Jul 27, 2017

Welcome once again to my blog, where I am analysing all my OTB (Over The Board) chess games for my local club Pontypridd played during the season 2016/17. After abandoning competitive chess as an teenager I decided to join a club again last year (...

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Recommended Chess Books in Prodigy Program

GeniusKJ Jul 26, 2017

I have sent out an email to students about recommended class textbooks. However, for those not on our email lists, I'll provide names of the Prodigy Program recommended textbooks here. We recommend ordering them from Amazon.com. 900+ Elo Sect...

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Staff Profiles: Zarko

News Jul 26, 2017

After a long delay, the Chess.com staff profiles picks up with Zarko Stankovic, one of our fantastic developers who works behind the scenes to make Chess.com more awesome with each passing day! Where do you live?I live in Belgrade, capital of...

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Dortmund 2017 Ends With a Bang

GM alexcolovic Jul 23, 2017

Not your typical Dortmund, with Kramnik in last place from rounds 1-6. Won by Wojtaszek, Kramnik the only player on 50% and 4 people sharing last. A round up and analysis of Kramnik's beautiful last-round win - http://www.alexcolovic.c...

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Simul game on Sunday at 9:00 am New York time

IM attilaturzo Jul 23, 2017

Would you like to play against an International Master? I am Attila Turzo, an International Master and Chess Coach and I would like to invite you to play with me in a simul on the LIVE chess.com server with 30 minuter per player plus 30 seconds i...

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Chess, age and Roger Federer

GM smurfo Jul 22, 2017

In the provocatively titled "Can Anand Be The Federer Of Chess?", Chess.com's Mike Klein brings up the question of whether chess players can really keep performing at the top level as they age. Proponents of this view typically note that chess is ...

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Pattern Recognition #9

FM zibbit Jul 18, 2017

A new pattern recognition video with important knight perpetuals! Be sure to check it out and not miss your moments in the sun!

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Miniature loss with a tactical blow

philidor_position Jul 16, 2017

In a game in which I lost the opening battle as white and ended up with a questionable pawn structure, I overlooked a simple tactical shot and was swept off the board in the matter of a few moves. Here's the game annotated in detail, and the criti...

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A rambling rook in a blitz game

ArnieChipmunk Jul 14, 2017

Blitz games are usually a lot of fun while they're being played, but best forgotten once they're finished. Last week, however, I played a blitz game on Chess.com which actually featured a funny theme you don't hear much about. It's the so-cal...


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