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  • Beginners
    Online Nov 30, 2011

    benjamin cruz | caloocan city, Philippines

    Joined: Feb 28, 2009

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    Online Dec 15, 2010

    chess beginners | Philippines

    Joined: Mar 24, 2010

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    Online Aug 28, 2013

    Cheap Computer Help for Chess Beginners | Greece

    Joined: Aug 26, 2013

  • eWinner
    Online Oct 17, 2013

    Chess winning for beginners :) | Israel

    Joined: Oct 14, 2013

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    Online Jun 24, 2014

    Beginners Choice | Pilipinas, Philippines

    Joined: Jun 24, 2014

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  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    • IM Silman
    • Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

  • Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

    • IM Silman
    • Dec 29, 2016, 8:11 AM

    I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble...

  • Why You Lose To Weaker Players

    • IM Silman
    • Dec 21, 2016, 3:41 PM

    Asmara the Cat wrote: I have a problem and I hope you can help me. My problem is that I don’t know how to defeat bad players (well, I’m not so good, but players who play worse than me). In real life,...

  • The Time-Trouble Blues

    • IM Silman
    • Oct 12, 2016, 7:54 PM

    EscapePlan69 asked: “I get into time trouble in most of my games while my opponents always have plenty of time left. How can I improve my time management? My tournament games are one hour and 30 minutes plus...

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    • IM Silman
    • Oct 6, 2016, 3:24 AM

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy...

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  • First Blog Post for Sherlockian100

    I had one of those families that did not take many pictures or videos (granted video recorders weighed 30 pounds and had to be carried around on one's shoulder). As a result, I didn't have many pictures to show...

  • Bloom's Taxonomy & Chess

    Today, my English Composition II professor discussed 'Bloom's Taxonomy,' a group of hierarchical models of learning used in curriculum construction. The cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains are each charted...

  • Typical chess traps and tricks in the Philidor Defense!

    Chess for Beginners - show typical chess traps and tricks in the opening "Philidor Defence", Légal’s trap with a queen sacrifice!

  • Chess Books on Pawn Play and Structure - for Beginners and Beyond

    Any books that deal significantly with pawn structure and pawn play can be a valuable resource.  I try to study pawn structures and pawn play as much as possible.  To me this is one of the most important aspects...

  • How to use your rook effectively?

    The most commonly misunderstood piece in chess is the rook. Many players have real problems with their rooks and don’t know how to play with them.   Today, IM Vangjel Buli has prepared a new text lesson for you....

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