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    Reader Questions, Gripes, And Advice

    IM Silman Aug 17, 2017, 3:48 AM

    I used to do a lot of reader question columns but, for some reason, I haven’t done it in a long time. Why, I don’t know. However, I’m finally in the mood to discuss some of the Chess.com members'...

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    The 3-Check Traps You Need To Know

    FM MikeKlein May 9, 2017, 2:41 AM

    You don't play 3-check on the Chess.com live server? That's a shame. I thought we could be friends. Why is the game great? All that opening theory that masters know more about? Yeah, it's all useless. Draws?...

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    How Can You Consistently Improve Your Chess Game?

    IM Silman Apr 13, 2017, 4:29 AM

    The Chess.com member Cubronzo asked: “I’ve been playing chess for about a year now and my playing strength keeps going up and down. My main problem is my ability to see ahead in a chess position. Do...

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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

    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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    5 Best Books About Chess

    JamesPorter123123 Aug 18, 2017, 11:52 PM

    Believe it or not, the number of chess fans is growing tremendously every day. In fact, most people are finding it as one of the most fun game to play. As a result, there is a growing demand for chess books that...

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    Pawns are the soul of chess. Basics of pawn structures. Part 1

    curacao2 Aug 9, 2017, 11:35 PM

    The french composer and chess player François-André Philidor allegedly said in the 18th century that 'pawns are the soul of chess'. While many chess players has heard of this famous quote, only a few know that...

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    Why Do I Play Chess?

    natld123 Jul 29, 2017, 6:19 AM

    Sometimes I am asked why I started to play chess in my thirties. My brief reply “I just love it”, of course, is only a top of iceberg and there is something else hidden deep down. It was September 2015 when first...

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