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  • The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)'s Thumbnail

    The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

    NM danheisman Jun 15, 2017, 2:26 AM

    Many years ago I wrote a Novice Nook column, "The Fun of Pros and Cons." This column was directed at the many players who play way too fast in long time-control games. The column and its sequel "Chess is Decisions"...

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    How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

    louisathomas May 17, 2017, 3:35 AM

    When I began playing chess, I had no idea how to begin a game. I would stare at the row of pawns, wondering which one I should order forward, without an idea of why. Or I’d hop a knight into the open board...

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    The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

    GM Gserper Mar 19, 2017, 9:28 AM

    I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular...

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    Hammer's Highlights: Besieging The Uncastled King

    GM SultanOfKings Feb 20, 2017, 6:59 PM

    How do you prosecute an attack on a king that doesn't castle? GM Jon Ludwig Hammer shows how he does it with vim, vigor, and determination.

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    The Day Harry Went For Broke

    GM Ginger_GM Jun 7, 2016, 1:19 PM

    GM Simon Williams concludes his excellent video series on using “Harry” the h-pawn to attack with a beautiful game where White went “all in” for an assault on the castled enemy king. Enjoy this easy-to-understand...

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    Hack Attack! Episode 41

    ChessTV May 18, 2015, 12:44 PM

    Hack Attack is back with IM Thomas Rendle. You know the routine: Castle Opposite, Never Trade Queens, and Attack Attack Attack! Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast...

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    General Advice for Chess Improvement

    WhackDot Aug 17, 2017, 10:17 AM

    All I can give is general advice. Though there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how to improve I can say in all seriousness that it all hinges on tactical ability. Richard Teichmann is attributed...

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    Going for a Title: Chapter 3 "More Than Just Squares"

    dbschultz Aug 14, 2017, 7:26 PM

         "Don't see the board as just squares; you need to see it as ranks, files, and diagonals." When I heard my coach say this, I immediately began to look at the board differently. There was a sudden paradigm shift;...

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    Dominating Chess Experts (2000-2199)

    Path2GrandMaster Aug 14, 2017, 11:28 AM

    Due to the fact that I have been playing (and winning) against stronger opponents, I decided to start "Chess Gems: Volume 3", which will include my games versus expert chess players.  Because of the number of wins,...

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