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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...

  • The Man Who Was Ahead Of His Time

    GM Gserper Jan 29, 2017, 11:59 AM

    Ask chess players about the period known as romantic chess and they will probably mention the names of La Bourdonnais, Anderssen and Morphy. Indeed, all three of them were called unofficial world...

  • 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...

  • American Woman - Part III

    batgirl Jan 18, 2017, 11:25 AM

      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...

  • Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

    FM MikeKlein Jan 10, 2017, 8:14 AM

    With the advent of the PRO Chess League only hours away, Chess.com assembled a panel of five chess pundits to predict the outcomes of every match this season. The experts have quite a bit of work ahead of...

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  • World Amateur Team East 2017

    RobKing Feb 22, 2017, 6:17 PM

    Another year in the books, and what a year it was! Our team, On Topalov Yo' Mamedyarov, returned with the same lineup from the last few years:   Board 1 - IM Denys Shmelov Board 2 - Robert J King (yours truly) Board...

  • Progress

    LEBisho Feb 22, 2017, 8:21 AM

    Quick update on some steady progress since the last post. Rating & CAPS improvements I'm seeing improvements in both my online rating and my CAPS scores which is encouraging. I have had two wins against 1400+...

  • January Open Tournament Game Review

    TheChessPlayingCoder Feb 19, 2017, 10:08 PM

    Open Tournament Round 1 - Time Control 65/65 Admittedly I was a bit nervous playing in the first round as I had not played in a while.  And right out of the opening I got a small surprise.  After Black's second...

  • MENTAL TOUGHNESS

    001GENERAL_GRIEVOUS Feb 15, 2017, 12:51 AM

    Even though I lost my queen in this game, I still kept the Jeremy Silman attitude of mental toughness mentioned in his AWESOME book "The Amateur's Mind" and kept playing the game and eventually got my opponents...

  • The Fighting Dragon: Book Review

    Ziryab Feb 14, 2017, 9:37 AM

    The Fighting Dragon   A Book ReviewThe Fighting Dragon: How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack (Boston: Mongoose Press, 2016) by Paul Powell is not a repertoire book. It does offer suggestions to meet White's normal...

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