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  • Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

    IM Silman Feb 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

    This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess...

  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    IM Silman Sep 15, 2016, 12:33 AM

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking....

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  • First Blog Post for Sherlockian100

    Sherlockian100 Jan 19, 2017, 2:37 AM

    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...

  • December 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

    GeniusKJ Nov 28, 2016, 4:37 PM

    Registration for the December 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  9:00 PM PST on December 2nd, 2016. Chess University's...

  • Play it like a pro: A beginners guide to chess!

    Scott_98 Nov 18, 2016, 6:49 AM

    Hi,I'm Michael Scott a.k.a Scott_98 (on chess.com),feel free to challenge,follow,send a friend request or ask a question on my profile page.So I'm gonna be writing a blog which will feature 'Play it like a pro'...

  • What's my plan again?

    Bletchlypark Sep 21, 2016, 1:14 PM

    When I first started out on this journey to improve at chess I knew I had to have a plan. Now that it has been a while it makes sense to revisit that plan and see how it has evolved. I posted my overall plan in...

  • A Little About Chess Set Collecting

    dubbler Aug 14, 2016, 11:23 AM

    I haven't seen anything on Chess.com about the collecting of chess pieces and boards but its not uncommon to see chess sets in living rooms that are not made to be played with but are merely decorative.   Of course...

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