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  • castling
    Online Aug 16, 2016

    United Kingdom

    Joined: Jun 17, 2008

  • johncastling
    Online Feb 21, 2011

    John Castling | North East England, United Kingdom

    Joined: Feb 21, 2011

  • castlingmate
    Online Jul 23, 2015

    castling mate | manila, Philippines

    Joined: Jul 23, 2015

  • acastling
    Online 30 days ago

    A Castling | United Kingdom

    Joined: Feb 7, 2016

  • ireallyhatecastling
    Online Sep 28, 2016

    iHATE Castling | United States

    Joined: Mar 8, 2016

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  • 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...

  • 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?

    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...


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

  • Learning An Opening: To Memorize Or Understand?

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 17, 2016, 2:33 AM

    Dave asked for my opinion on a line in the Two Knight’s Defense. He wrote: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5. Here there are a few moves...

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  • Do not make castling from habit.

    Hi. (Excuse me for my english. I use google translator and please take into consideration, that I write from the perspective of a player with elo 1700. My observations may not always be correct.) Most matches contain...

  • 10 common beginner's chess mistakes

    Learning play chess well is a long process, so here are some advises for beginner players, how they could improve the game and avoid common mistakes. Bringing out queen to early.  Queen is very powerful piece, but...

  • My First Smothered Mate

    This was an online game that I played in March, 2016 in Yelets, Russia.  I was experimenting with the Danish Gambit at the time, as I was just learning how important the bishop pair can be in open games.  Both my...

  • Castling Into "It"

    An enlightening loss on the Black side of a Tarrasch Defence.  This game highlighted me the important of positional understanding of which pieces to trade and which to keep. More so, the paradoxes of Chess when...

  • Save Chess - Free the Pawn!

    • mikeyt
    • Dec 16, 2016, 12:49 PM

    Bobby Fischer is my favorite player, but I will never embrace Fischer Random Chess (or Chess 960 as it is called on this web site). There are too many rule changes for setting up the pieces and castling, based on...

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