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  • The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

    IM Silman Feb 16, 2017, 3:58 AM

    Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And...

  • PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

    NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017, 1:45 AM

    With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams...

  • 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...

  • PRO Chess League Official Rules

    PROChessLeague Jan 10, 2017, 1:28 PM

    PRO Chess League Rules as of 1/31/2017: A. Eligibility and Team Makeup   A.1. Team rosters A lineup is the four players you are using each match. A roster is the total list of players you have...

  • 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,...

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  • Crossing 1400: The importance of having a coach

    ppaulojr Feb 22, 2017, 4:25 PM

      When I started this blog I said that my goal was to reach 1600 by 2018 and I was barely playing at 1200. By early January I decided to look for a coach to help me improve my game and after sending several e-mails...

  • Onward to blitz (Is it up or down? finale)

    Championgolf Feb 20, 2017, 1:59 AM

    Recently all my games on have been bullet. Now I will be playing a lot more blitz and rapid then before. The reason is not because my bullet rating is going down but because I can't get past 980. But I...

  • The Houston Chess Scene

    Ybarsabal Feb 19, 2017, 6:33 PM

    If you're looking to play chess in Houston, you have some options, both casual and rated. This post will cover the places where I play (a class C player), and I'll mention a few others that I know of. My hope is...

  • Cracking 2000 (USCF): my point d'appui

    Milliern Feb 19, 2017, 9:39 AM

    I’m a little shocked by my recent USCF rating progress.  It’s already been a great past 12 months (2 wins vs NMs in blitz, 1 draw vs a NM in rapid, and a win and a draw vs NMs in the standard control, and one unrated...

  • Improvement for the Intermediate Chess Player

    BulletChessMaster Feb 19, 2017, 7:19 AM

    This blog is dedicated to chess improvement for players on the level of 1400-2000. It's easy to just play blitz games and do nothing else. Believe me, I know... but that stops right here! I began taking the game...

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  • 6-Way Tie For 1st At Dubai Open, Solak Best On Tiebreak

    PeterDoggers Apr 15, 2015, 2:29 AM

    Six players tied for first place at the Dubai Open. GMs Dragan Solak edged out David Howell, Vladimir Fedoseev, Andrei Istratescu, Ivan Ivanisevic and Eltaj Safarli on tiebreak after all scored 7.0/9. Dragan...

  • USCL Semifinals Wrapup

    FM MikeKlein Nov 17, 2013, 9:11 AM

    After a pair of 2.5-1.5 semifinals match wins on Saturday, the Miami Sharks and New York Knights will contest for the 2013 United States Chess League (USCL) title. New York took out New England, while Miami...


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