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  • Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up's Thumbnail

    Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

    IM Silman Nov 10, 2017, 12:24 AM

    Here are six puzzles. They might be tactics, they might be positional, or the puzzle might be about understanding some hidden deep, dark, strategic concept. In other words you need to face real-world problems and...

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    Chess Tests For Players 1600 And Up

    IM Silman Nov 2, 2017, 9:32 PM

    When I answer reader questions, I try to stay (vaguely) in that player’s rating group (two hundred points more or less). Of course, a beginner might feel left out, but I also answer beginner players’...

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    Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

    IM Silman Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 PM

    At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about...

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  • 6 Teams Qualify For PRO Chess League; You Pick 2 More!'s Thumbnail

    6 Teams Qualify For PRO Chess League; You Pick 2 More!

    NM SamCopeland Oct 29, 2017, 11:08 AM

    As commenter IM David Pruess observed, heartbreak was inevitable as 38 excellent PRO Chess League teams competed for only 8 berths in the 2018 season of the PRO Chess League. The ultimate qualifiers (the Armenia...

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    GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017

    FM MikeKlein Oct 13, 2017, 2:17 PM

    [Note: Updated with extensive thoughts from Lombardy's only son Raymond and a personal reflection from Bruce Pandolfini.] GM William Lombardy, an American former world junior champion also made famous for being...

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    Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

    NM SamCopeland Jun 22, 2017, 7:13 PM

    Never question the the home team. After round two in the World Team Championship, Russia trailed China and the Poland by one match point. After round five, they have switched places, leapfrogging China and Poland...

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    35 Chess Puzzles In 35 Minutes: IM Rensch Challenge

    ChessTV Aug 6, 2015, 2:39 PM

    IM Daniel Rensch is back with his much-loved daily puzzle challenge, where he solves a month’s worth of chess tactics against a ticking clock. Can IM Rensch solve 35 puzzles before the timer goes off? Enjoy the...

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    Devilishly Difficult Puzzles

    IM Keaton87 May 31, 2015, 7:47 AM

    Chess puzzles are a hot topic lately. IM Rensch is solving them in marathon sessions, IM Silman is writing about them (see related links), and IM Keaton Kiewra is asking you to solve some of the hardest chess problems...

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    Beauty and Entertainment - Part 10

    IM hellokostya Jan 13, 2013, 10:18 PM

    One of our regular YouTube Authors makes his "main site" video lecture debut today by contributing to one of our most popular, longest running series! FIDE Master Kavutskiy enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelight...

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