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  • How Not To Hate Endgames

    GM Gserper Feb 25, 2017, 11:56 PM

    "I detest endgames!" said Dawid Janowski more than 100 years ago. He elaborated further by saying that a good chess game should be decided in the middlegame. Today such an opinion would make most professional chess...

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

    pete Feb 22, 2017, 5:03 AM

    Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster...

  • When Chess Players Protest

    GM Gserper Feb 18, 2017, 9:55 PM

    One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly...

  • 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...

  • American Woman - Part V

    batgirl Feb 15, 2017, 2:10 PM

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

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  • Lithuanian chess championship. Day 2

    FM Bugcrusher Feb 27, 2017, 12:46 AM

    So, the first of two hard days – for old players like me 2 rounds per day is exactly one round too muchJ The first opponent – a young player. Despite his low ELO, last year he managed to finish second in Lithuanian...

  • London System

    Kernicterus Feb 26, 2017, 11:38 PM

    This was game 3 of February Swiss.  Coincidentally I had just sat in on a lesson during which London System was discussed a bit so I was fresh off hearing some of the themes and weaknesses for Black. I tend to...

  • Lithuanian chess championship. Day 1

    FM Bugcrusher Feb 26, 2017, 11:02 PM

    Hi, everyone! This is my first blog post here, so don’t judge me for some style or grammatical mistakes. So the reason for my debut is to cover Lithuanian chess championship that is being currently held in Vilnius....

  • Viacheslav Ragozin!

    kamalakanta Feb 26, 2017, 3:20 PM

      I have seen Ragozin's name mentioned many times, but never really explored his games. At a friend's request, I will post a few of his games. Viacheslav Ragozin Viacheslav Vasilyevich Ragozin (Russian: Вячеслав...

  • Understanding the Reti Gambit: Accepted

    eternalblunder Feb 26, 2017, 6:56 AM

    In this article, I am going to showcase the Reti opening, through white playing 1. Nf3. This opening does not commit into any specific game and allow black to take the initiative AND doesn't allow black to play...

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  • The Arrow Vs. "Chess School" (Auto Start: YES)

    dadoom Feb 26, 2017, 8:39 PM

    aloha Team! A warm welcome to our new members & admins:) For this match we need all available stronger forces, when we reach 16 players, then the match will automatically start, gl: 5 days per Move; 1 simultaneous...

  • Muzychuk Cruises To Final, Tan Zhongyi Wins Armageddon

    IM JovankaHouska Feb 26, 2017, 1:38 AM

    The two ways Anna Muzychuk and Tan Zhongyi reached the final of the Women's World Championship couldn't be more different. Whereas Muzychuk beat Alexandra Kosteniuk 2-0 in classical games, Tan had the strongest...

  • Endgame Technique Yields Grischuk Shared First

    PeterDoggers Feb 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

    With some great endgame play Alexander Grischuk today defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was one of the leaders at the Grand Prix in Sharjah. With one round to go Grischuk now leads with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave,...

  • ECL2017 Div3 Round 2

    Phoenix_Scorpion Feb 25, 2017, 6:16 PM

    Welcome to the Round 2 of ECL 2017 Division 3!Below you can find the pairings. Matches are scheduled to start on March 19th. From the list of matches below, sorted by sub-divisions, find your opponent, go to their...

  • Mind-blaster players at US Amateur Team East Tournament

    DavidOrDave Feb 25, 2017, 10:40 AM

    North-country team "Play Like A. Giri!" participated in the under 1600 section of the 2017 US Amateur Team East tournament in Parsippany, NJ. This is their 5th year participating in USATE. 1298 players participated...


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