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  • The 3 'Illnesses' Of Chess

    IM Silman Feb 2, 2017, 12:52 AM

    The Chess.com member Canyounotquit wrote: “I really want to know why and how I lost this particular game. I had a piece lead and still I lost badly. I’ve no idea where I went wrong.” JS:...

  • How To Play Positional Sacrifices

    IM Silman Jan 26, 2017, 3:37 AM

    Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I...

  • PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

    NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017, 1:45 AM

    With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams...

  • 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...

  • Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

    GM Gserper Jan 14, 2017, 2:03 AM

    My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment,...

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  • A "hard fought" game: Lakeridge Chess Tournament Rounds 4-5

    Joseph_Truelson Feb 16, 2017, 9:56 AM

    Joseph Levine confidently looks at the camera before his first move in the first round. At least I think it's a confident look. As I'm not sure, I probably shouldn't say anything else, or else I will get fired and...

  • Monthly Blog: February 2017

    quietvolcano Feb 13, 2017, 6:41 PM

    Happy Valentines day, and Presidents here in the U.S.  And also, Kite Flying day? Understandable if you live in a constantly warm area, but for those that don't, this holiday is just plain weird. Maybe if it was...

  • #58 1994 Lipkon Pfefferkorn Open

    dl_leonine Feb 12, 2017, 3:36 PM

    << #57 Phi Kappa Blanca LXIII - #59 Phi Kappa Blanca LIX >>   Tournament #58, Lipkon Pfefferkorn Open 7/29-31/94 Winston-Salem, NC TD: Thad Rogers Section U1800 Time Control: 45/120, G/60 <Crosstable> This...

  • What did our team do this last week?

    erik Feb 11, 2017, 5:58 PM

    This week I asked our team to write a brief sentence about one thing they worked on to make life better for our members (you!). They didn't all respond, but here you go. Maybe it's interesting. I don't know?! Sam Assistant...

  • Attack With all my pieces

    TigranKamodo9 Feb 10, 2017, 12:44 PM

    This was a really fun game, I didnt play as percise as I could have but Im not a computer. 

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  • Magnus Carlsen Mentors Homer Simpson

    FM MikeKlein Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

    World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen is an avid connoisseur of pop culture. Now, he's part of it. Yesterday his long-awaited cameo on the American animated program "The Simpsons" finally aired on the FOX Network. Hard...

  • Ni Shiqun Knocks Out Gunina, Pogonina In Tehran

    IM JovankaHouska Feb 19, 2017, 11:47 PM

    WGM Ni Shiqun of China is the sensation of the Women's World Championship so far. In the last two rounds the 19-year-old Chinese player eliminated both GMs Valentina Gunina and WGM Natalija Pogonina. The...

  • 21-Year-Old Anton Leads Nakamura, MVL In Gibraltar

    PeterDoggers Feb 2, 2017, 12:51 AM

    Like last year, David Anton is doing great at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 21-year-old Spanish grandmaster is leading the tournament alone, and has White in today's final round. Ju...

  • Nakamura, MVL Among Gibraltar Leaders

    FM MikeKlein Jan 30, 2017, 5:08 PM

    It took a week, but the cream has risen to the top at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Since our last report in round four, some of the pretenders have fallen off after angering the gods of chess. Photo...

  • Gibraltar's Magnificent 7: Only Nakamura Opens With 2 Wins

    FM MikeKlein Jan 26, 2017, 4:35 AM

    No one has won four editions of the top section of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, but GM Hikaru Nakamura couldn't have been gift-wrapped a better chance to make history. Not only did he open 2-0 in attempting...

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