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    American Woman - Part V

    batgirl Feb 15, 2017, 2:10 PM

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

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    Can You Solve Our 2016 Holiday Puzzler?

    pete Dec 21, 2016, 8:32 AM

    Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler for 2016—and we believe this is the hardest (and most rewarding) quiz yet. The 10...

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    Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:07 PM

    Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn...

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    Fischer's eccentric brilliancies: Part 2

    Lt2Adnan Feb 25, 2017, 6:01 AM

    The last time we left off, Fischer was on his way to the Soviet Union, where you don't play chess, but chess plays you he was about to participate in the prestigious 1959 Candidates Tournament. Back then the Red...

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    Benoni and Benko

    robertrange Jan 19, 2017, 4:10 PM

    Benoni and Benko 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 (D) White to play The chapter on the King’s Indian Defence has already taught us that this move constitutes a standard way of attacking White’s pawn-centre. The Benoni is closely...

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    First round mega recap - Reykjavik Puffins vs Hamburg Swashbucklers - "The puffins the puffins"

    FM zibbit Jan 12, 2017, 6:21 AM

    The Puffins were buzzing with excitement for the 1st ever matchup in the PRO Chess league. This league is the best thing to happen to chess in a long time and we can't wait for the season to unfold.  The Puffins,...

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  • Becoming a Nemesis: Beating the Benko!'s Thumbnail

    Becoming a Nemesis: Beating the Benko!

    GM gmfinegold May 18, 2014, 11:58 AM

    GM Finegold retires from tournament chess? Well, probably not, but he wonders if he should since he's giving away all of his opening secrets. Today he reveals his preferred setup against the Benko Gambit. He crams...

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    U.S. Chess League Week 9 - Highlights

    IM DanielRensch Oct 30, 2013, 3:41 AM

    Double your pleasure? How about six times the pleasure? IM Danny Rensch shows that his first love is really pawn structure, as he walks us through the best half-dozen games in week 9 of the USCL. Sure there's tactics,...

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    Greatest Chess Minds: Capablanca - Part 4

    GM dbojkov Jan 2, 2013, 9:10 PM

    Would the real "Benko Gambit" please stand up? Today GM Bojkov reviews an epic battle between two chess legends: Nimzowitsch and Capablanca! In 1914, long before the birth of Pal Benko, Capablanca applied a gambit...

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    2017 Pittsburgh Open

    william272 Mar 12, 2017, 2:35 PM

    Last weekend I decided very last minute to go on a crazy ten hour road trip to Pittsburgh, PA, for a chess tournament! The Pittsburgh Open is a typical Continental Chess Association tourney: five rounds, time control...

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    The quiet game-part 1

    intellectualsman Mar 5, 2017, 8:38 AM

    Despite the title, this post isn't about the Giuoco Piano opening, but about queen pawn openings from white, and more specifically, how black effectively counters them. As a player matures and develops his/her...

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    Lithuanian chess championship. Day 3

    FM Bugcrusher Feb 28, 2017, 12:11 AM

    Hi, guys! I will continue covering my play at the current Lithuanian chess championship. So, after a lucky escape in the previous game I was awarded with a white color against another lower-ranked player. My opponent...

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