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    Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

    IM Silman Aug 4, 2017, 7:37 AM

    In general, amateur chess players do their best to push their pieces forward and attack. However, sometimes they think they have to retreat due to the opponent threatening something or starting to take over the...

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    batgirl Jul 12, 2017, 11:18 AM

    Johannes Jacobus van Oosterom       Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch business and chess maecenas, died in October of 2016.      The Association Max Euwe of Monaco,...

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    The World Computer Championships: A History

    DavidLevyLondon Jul 7, 2017, 6:27 PM

    [Editor's note: David Levy is the president of the International Computer Games Association.]  The history of chess programs competing in tournaments is exactly 50 years old. In February 1967 the program...

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    Perverse Incentives

    GM smurfo Aug 11, 2017, 9:15 AM

    (Note: I often post about all sorts of things on my own blog, www.davidsmerdon.com, which gets cross-posted here. This is a non-chess post.) One of the cool things about studying economics is that it...

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    How Chess.com's 100-Person Virtual Team Works Together

    erik Aug 9, 2017, 4:58 PM

    This month we finally hit 100 team members. Ummm, what? Why on earth would Chess.com have 100 people on staff? Fair question. And your follow-up might be, Wait, and you don’t have any offices? Anywhere? No,...

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    A 1-Room Chess Shop In Moscow Is Actually A Multifaceted Business Empire

    dylanlove Aug 3, 2017, 12:45 PM

    A chess shop in Moscow, Russia serves not only as a hub for celebrities of the game from Grischuk to Morozevich, but also as operations center for a major chess software company and media publication. ChessOK,...

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