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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,...

  • Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

    Vik-Hansen Dec 20, 2016, 2:59 AM

    Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing with the concept of "pattern recognition": Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess...


    batgirl Nov 23, 2016, 11:29 AM

    CAÏSSA'S  BATTLEFIELD       Chess at its purest is a totally abstract game that requires nothing but one's mind.       While the accoutrements...

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  • chess rules sheet

    DineshMC Mar 23, 2017, 12:28 AM

    Chess Piece How it Moves Helpful Tips King One space in any direction (forward, backward, sideways, or diagonally) The King can never move himself into check (where he can be captured). Queen As far as she can go...

  • understanding the board and pieces (part 1)

    DineshMC Mar 22, 2017, 7:52 AM

    Understanding the Board and Pieces The board is an 8x8 grid and each space is uniquely identified by a letter followed by a number using a notation called the rank and file system. Each piece has a specific name,...

  • How to Win Chess Almost Every Time (part 1)(winning as a beginner)

    DineshMC Mar 22, 2017, 3:56 AM

    Mastering chess is a long process, and will take you several years, but you don’t have to be a master to win at chess almost every time if you understand the mechanics of the game. By learning to spot certain moves...

  • Mr. Perry's Theorytalk -- Sicilian Defense: English Attack with 6...e6 and 7. Be2.

    Mr_Perry Mar 13, 2017, 12:31 PM

    Welcome to my humble blog. The purpose of this blog is to serve as a home for my chess ideas and preparation. I hope that by writing them as a blog, my vague understandings will better consolidate into something...

  • The Halosar Trap

    nish924b Mar 13, 2017, 12:04 PM

    1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Kc3 This opening is Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. White intends to follow with f3 after this.   And if black takes f-pawn, there are two ways to take f-pawn. Qxf3 or Nxf3. White can play aggressive...

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  • Chess Restaurants, Trains, And The End Of Chess Mysteries

    FM MikeKlein Mar 13, 2017, 12:27 PM

    If there's such a thing as an "ice hotel" then surely a chess-themed restaurant can't be too outlandish, right? This month's "In Other News" has the usual smörgåsbord of offerings, including the...

  • Mamedyarov Crushes Adams, Catches MVL

    PeterDoggers Feb 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

    With a great attacking game Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Michael Adams, and in doing so he joined Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the lead at the Sharjah Grand Prix. The other winner of the day was Li Chao, who...

  • Atacar al Elefante Attack The Elephant

    IM BorisMatovsky Feb 4, 2017, 3:38 AM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5qBpSmZwkA&t=6s Esta es la partida del Vídeo en Inglés. (1) Dolzhikova,K - Ianovsky,A [C40] Kiev (Game 2), 200E5 [M.I. Boudy Bueno, Julio L.]   [The elephant gambit, like the...

  • King's Gambit Declined

    robertrange Jan 20, 2017, 10:19 AM

    King’s Gambit Declined 2 . . . Bc5 For centuries now, this move has been a safe haven for those who do not feel at ease in the jungle of the ‘real’King’s Gambit. Black refuses to be provoked by 2 f4 but he also...

  • Anand Snags Lead On Champions Showdown Day 2

    FM hellokostya Nov 11, 2016, 7:36 PM

    The second day of the 2016 Champions Showdown saw plenty of fireworks with two more classical rounds in the unusual time control of game in 60 minutes with a five-second delay. All photos courtesy of...

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