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    I’m Passionate About Squares

    IM Silman Jun 22, 2017, 1:54 AM

    Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats....

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    The Lonely Knight Checkmate

    GM Gserper Jun 18, 2017, 12:13 AM

    After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible...

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    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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    Carlsen, So Early Leaders In Paris

    PeterDoggers Jun 21, 2017, 5:10 PM

    Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So are tied for first place after day one of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. They scored five points out of a possible six (since the rapid games count double) and are just ahead of Hikaru...

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    Grand Chess Tour Takes Off In Paris

    PeterDoggers Jun 20, 2017, 3:04 PM

    The 2017 Grand Chess Tour kicked off today in Paris with pro-am activities at the Vivendi headquarters, at a stone's throw of de Arc de Triomphe. With a series of rapid games, tomorrow the tour will officially commence. Garry...

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    China, Poland Lead World Team Championship

    NM SamCopeland Jun 18, 2017, 3:54 PM

    The not-so-surprising leader after two rounds in the World Team Championship held from June 17-26 in Ugra, Russia is the top-seeded China. Sharing first on the leaderboard is the somewhat less expected Poland who...

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    I just love that Halloween style!

    FearlessKing Jun 21, 2017, 5:04 PM

    Here's a quick game in the Halloween gambit where black makes a common inaccuracy that I was able to capitalize on thanks to my preparation!   1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5?!     My favorite dubious...

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    Workin' on a Knight Move

    dbschultz Jun 21, 2017, 4:32 PM

          Of the chess pieces on the board, none is quite as unique or challenging as the knight; my personal favorite weapon. Unlike any other piece, the knight has the ability to jump or pass through other pieces...

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    The Complete Guide to Morphy Attack (includes 7 amazing queen-traps)

    Nuclear_Knight Jun 21, 2017, 3:58 AM

    In this post, I will show you the variations of Morphy Attack, and introduce you to the most dangerous traps exist in this attack.   After reading this post, you'll get familiar with the Morphy attack. You'll also...

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