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  • The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

    During the last five years or so, most of the time that I have spent on chess has been devoted to creating things that have helped other players improve: videos, books, articles, courses and whatever else comes...

  • Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

    • IM Silman
    • Dec 1, 2016, 1:27 AM

    Most of us know that the legendary Emanuel Lasker was a philosopher and a world class mathematician — he earned his doctorate in math in 1902 and published a theorem which, even today, is critically important...

  • Learning An Opening: To Memorize Or Understand?

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 17, 2016, 2:33 AM

    Dave asked for my opinion on a line in the Two Knight’s Defense. He wrote: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5. Here there are a few moves...

  • Tales Of Bishops And Knights

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 10, 2016, 3:28 AM

    clement41 wrote:  My question for you deals with the concept of “accountancy” of tempi; let me make myself clearer: in many instances one side has the opportunity to trade pieces (typically minors)...

  • Blunders That Give Us Hidden Gold

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 3, 2016, 2:31 AM

    The Chess.com member QueensConquerer wants to know what I think about his game. JS: I’m going to be honest. This game is a total mess, with one blunder following another (from both sides). However, blunder-games...

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