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    Master Path Study Plan: Strategy

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:15 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Learn the following master-level pawn structures. Master the art of maneuvering. Learn to use your pawns actively. Study the exploitation of pawn...

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    Master Path Study Plan: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:17 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Learn About Advanced Opening Preparation Expand Your...

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    3-Check Chess Tips For Beginners

    IM DanielRensch Oct 13, 2016, 5:49 PM

    Looking for a new, exciting chess variant? Maybe you watched my games vs GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave here and you're anxious to give it a try? Or perhaps you've always just been good at following the age old...

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    Caruana Breaks Through As So Nearly Falters

    FM MikeKlein Apr 4, 2017, 6:05 PM

    Round six of the 2017 U.S. championship was a countdown of sorts: three, two, one, zero. The world number three's gap to the world number two was one point going into the day (while the ladies played zero...

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    Rapport Beats Carlsen; Aronian Bounces Back

    PeterDoggers Jan 22, 2017, 1:03 PM

    Richard Rapport was the sensation of the day as he defeated Magnus Carlsen beautifully in round eight. Wesley So still leads the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's masters group going into the second rest day. Photo:...

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    Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship

    FM MikeKlein Nov 30, 2016, 3:47 PM

    It was about time. Just like in the classical portion of the 2016 world championship, GM Magnus Carlsen got several promising positions against GM Sergey Karjakin in the rapid playoff.  The difference? Today...

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  • Evaluation and Planning! - Part 2's Thumbnail

    Evaluation and Planning! - Part 2

    GM GMMelik Mar 8, 2014, 6:58 PM

    Want a unique system against the Closed Sicilian? No longer do you have to just drop knights into d4. GM Khachiyan shows that leaving the long dark-squared diagonal open can restrain all of White's queenside pieces....

  • A Guide for White: Avoiding the Sicilian - Alapin Part 1!'s Thumbnail

    A Guide for White: Avoiding the Sicilian - Alapin Part 1!

    GM kaidanov Nov 14, 2012, 12:57 PM

    With good reason, most players who aren't, well, chess professionals, would prefer to avoid the many complicated variations of the Open Sicilian. So what are your options? As GM Kaidanov explains, you have one major...

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    Becoming an Expert - Part 5: Bad Calculation 1

    GM GMMelik Mar 14, 2012, 1:45 AM

    Today we learn the element of surprise! GM Melik Khachiyan reviews his own game with New Mexico's top play, Lior Lapid, and in doing so, he highlights the importance of knowing what your opponent wants to achieve,...

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    Copenhagen Chess Challenge 2017

    FM HustleTime May 23, 2017, 7:05 AM

    Dear all, While finally the spring (some might even argue summer ) weather has finally kicked in in Copenhagen, I was up for another chess challenge in my journey, this time Copenhagen Chess Challenge 2017 tournament!...

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    Intro to Specific Chess Openings

    Win_Like_McEntee May 20, 2017, 5:02 PM

    It's important for an improving player below 2000 to remember that the key to doing well in the opening is remaining alert, watching out for tactics (while spotting errors made by the opponent) and quickly developing...

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    SuperNationals 2017 Experience

    NM Mr_Penings May 18, 2017, 5:16 PM

    So here's yet another blog post about a chess tournament experience! This time, SuperNationals! To keep the prestige of the name, this blog post will also be "super", and will include lots of pictures and all that...

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