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    What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

    louisathomas Jun 28, 2017, 3:32 AM

    I prepared for my first chess tournament for weeks. Every night, I played a rapid game -- and then studied it, reviewing my moves to see where I missed a tactic, where I anticipated the wrong move, where I could...

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    The Amazing Chess Coincidence

    GM Gserper May 14, 2017, 6:59 AM

    In his book "School of Excellence: Endgame Analysis," IM Mark Dvoretsky analyzes two very similar endgames. He writes: "The game Sultan Khan-Tartakower, played in 1931, was indeed almost completely identical to...

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    Is Speed Chess Good For You?

    NM danheisman Apr 26, 2017, 3:28 AM

    Yes.* *Speed chess is good for you (meaning it can help your slow chess, too) but doing it "incorrectly" could be harmful. Let's digress... A few years ago our Main Line Chess Club hosted a seminar by WGM Jennifer...

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    Magnus Carlsen Reviews His Game vs Aronian

    GM MagnusCarlsen Mar 18, 2015, 11:08 PM

    Are you a real chess player if you can’t remember your games move-by-move? Don’t worry, Magnus Carlsen thinks so. The world champion himself (with some help from the database) shows you his favorite win from...

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    Fun with CQL - Triple Pawn Battery!

    mattchess Jul 23, 2017, 3:53 PM

    Recently several of us at our local Seattle Chess Meetup were curious how often tripled pawns appear in high level games. As it turns out, this is relatively easy to determine using Chess Query Language (CQL). ...

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    Christmas Tree Preview

    FM Drawyah Jul 19, 2017, 7:01 PM

    Tonight I am relaxing at a wine bar, listening to good jazz, with my laptop in hand ... a dangerous thing ... I thought I would share an extra post on a recent game of mine which is a nice advertisement for my planned...

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    Watch out for this nasty trap in the Slav Exchange!

    MidnasLament Jul 16, 2017, 2:36 PM

    It seems like the Slav Exchange has a bit of a boring reputation at the top level, and the database does show it is quite drawish, but at the lower levels (I'm 1500) I find the Slav Exchange to be a great opening...

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