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    What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

    louisathomas Jun 28, 2017, 3:32 AM

    I prepared for my first chess tournament for weeks. Every night, I played a rapid game -- and then studied it, reviewing my moves to see where I missed a tactic, where I anticipated the wrong move, where I could...

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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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    3 Ways To Learn New Openings

    FM hellokostya May 12, 2016, 2:57 AM

    Learning a new opening can be a challenging but rewarding task. Once you have gotten used to a certain variation (e.g. the French Defense or the Catalan), it can be difficult to switch to playing something...

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    Moscow GP: 'Hari' Beats 'Nepo' In Dramatic Game

    PeterDoggers May 20, 2017, 10:39 AM

    Pentala Harikrishna was the only winner at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow today. The Indian grandmaster was first losing, but eventually defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in what was one of the most dramatic...

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    3 Winners In Moscow; Rolex For Nakamura

    PeterDoggers May 18, 2017, 3:11 PM

    The top of the standings didn't change much despite three decisive games in round six of the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. The winners were Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, who both moved to plus-one, and Michael...

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    Two Chinese Leaders After Moscow GP Round 2

    PeterDoggers May 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

    Ding Liren defeated Ernesto Inarkiev to join his compatriot Hou Yifan in the lead at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. First-round loser Ian Nepomniachtchi today defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer. Ding Liren...

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    Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Jan 7, 2017, 4:32 PM

    GM Georg Meier's masterful series on the Catalan continues as he shows how Black can easily fall prey to positional disaster as White's knight leap to incredible outposts. These lines are quite popular so learn...

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    Active Queenside Play In The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Oct 6, 2016, 10:24 AM

    GM Georg Meier continues his incredible series on the sophisticated Catalan Opening. Here he shows you how to meet Black's attempt to hang on to the pawn with ...Nc6. He'll show you some instructive positional maneuvers...

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    Quick Queenside Expansion vs The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Jun 29, 2016, 7:54 PM

    GM Georg Meier returns with another in-depth look at the Catalan opening and the dominant ideas for both White and Black. Learn how quickly taking queenside space can be the determining factor of which side...

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    My Opening Repertoire

    Zaphys Jun 4, 2017, 7:26 AM

    Most people, at one point or another, want to build a reliable opening repertoire. That is, a repertoire that they feel fits their play style and gives them middlegame positions that they find pleasant. When I was...

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    My CHESS profile in IRL...

    Manu-Trainer May 16, 2017, 8:44 AM

    Meet Manuel Gardenes, a Catalan native, who is Gorey Chess Club's not-so-secret weapon! Manuel moved to Ireland six years ago when he was asked to represent Ireland in a chess team championship, then moved to Gorey...

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    Washington Intermat Candidates 2017

    RookSacrifice May 4, 2017, 7:06 PM

    There is a Washington vs British Columbia scholastic match every year: two players in each grade would play the 2 other players from the other state in a friendly match called the Intermat. Usually, the top rated...

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