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  • Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?'s Thumbnail

    Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

    IM Silman Nov 17, 2017, 12:36 AM

    The Chess.com member grepschrop wrote: “Some players told me that it’s not important to know the names of mating patterns. My experience with kids is contrary. What is your opinion?” SILMAN: Though...

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    Why Study Chess?

    GM Gserper Nov 4, 2017, 11:18 PM

    Recently a chess player asked me a simple question: "I have no chess talent, so should I spend my time on reading chess books and studying chess games?" I am sure that at some point (usually after a disappointing...

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    Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

    IM Silman Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 PM

    At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about...

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    Chess.com Crazyhouse Championship

    IM DanielRensch Nov 16, 2016, 3:32 PM

    Perhaps the perfect way to bring one of the most exciting years we've ever had on Chess.com to a close is to announce (and host) the first ever Chess.com Crazyhouse Championship. Following up on the GM Blitz Battle...

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    Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament Marks 25th Anniversary

    PeterDoggers Jun 30, 2016, 12:57 AM

    The unique Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament, where duos play each round in a different cafe, was organized for the 25th time this Sunday. It's the last Sunday in June. We are on a terrace, somewhere...

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    U.S. Chess Loses 3 Influential Figures

    FM MikeKlein Jun 17, 2016, 1:22 AM

    A trio of prominent people in American chess died recently in less than a week. Each made a unique impact on the game: organizing, computer programming, and stewarding the national organization. On June 6,...

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  • Club Player Mistakes: Playing Too Defensively's Thumbnail

    Club Player Mistakes: Playing Too Defensively

    GM Ginger_GM Nov 27, 2015, 4:13 PM

    All levels of chess players make mistakes. Beginners might miss simple tactics or even mates in one. Grandmasters might make deep miscalculations or subtle positional errors. But what kind of mistakes do intermediate,...

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    Capablanca's Classroom

    FM ImmortalTechnique Sep 1, 2015, 1:12 AM

    J.R. Capablanca was a chess prodigy and a genius at all elements of chess, from the basic to the very advanced. One of the basic concepts many beginners struggle with is when to trade pieces, and it’s no surprise...

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    You Must Pay Close Attention: Member Analysis

    GM JRLOK Feb 2, 2015, 11:10 PM

    How important is it to pay attention? In chess, it’s everything. In this member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates the perils that accompany a lack of concentration, no matter what the level...

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