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  • Master Path Study Plan: Strategy's Thumbnail

    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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    The Return of the Annotation Event?

    chesster3145 Mar 24, 2017, 3:59 PM

    Hi everyone, I haven't done a lot as an admin for the past couple of months, and that's partially because everything I tried to set up fell flat on its face due to there just not being enough people regularly contributing....

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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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    Sicilian Defence

    robertrange Jan 19, 2017, 3:36 PM

    Sicilian Defence 1 e4 c5 (D) White to play If one opening could serve as a metaphor for the huge progress our understanding of chess made in the course of the 20th century, from classical, in tune with clear, albeit...

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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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