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  • Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!'s Thumbnail

    Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

    IM Silman Aug 4, 2017, 7:37 AM

    In general, amateur chess players do their best to push their pieces forward and attack. However, sometimes they think they have to retreat due to the opponent threatening something or starting to take over the...

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    Playing Goliath: What Goes Wrong

    IM Silman Jul 28, 2017, 2:47 AM

    The Chess.com member Souvik had a couple things to discuss. The first is his simultaneous game against an international master. After Souvic was completely outclassed in the opening (not a surprise when a 1500...

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    9 Amazing Underpromotions

    GM Gserper Jul 22, 2017, 7:59 PM

    When a pawn reaches the last rank it creates one of the biggest miracles of the game of chess. In such a situation the weakest chess piece can instantly become the strongest one! While in the majority of such cases,...

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  • A Tale of Two Tournaments: Part one.'s Thumbnail

    A Tale of Two Tournaments: Part one.

    Stephen_Stanfield Aug 21, 2017, 2:37 PM

    I had $20, two tournaments and a decision to make. Do I go to the Many Springs Quads or the Arlington Chess Club Open? The quads were scheduled for August 19 and the ACCO for September 9. They both required $20,...

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    Morphy and Me

    ArnieChipmunk Aug 20, 2017, 11:05 AM

    One of the very first chess books I bought was Morphy's Games of Chess (1957) by Philip W. Sergeant. This book (I was 14 years old when I read it) made a lasting impression on me - I've been fascinated by the...

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    Dominating Class B Players (1600-1799)

    Path2GrandMaster Aug 19, 2017, 6:55 PM

    Class B Players: Game #1   The following game was 15/10 time controls, but both players hardly used any of their time before the game ended early in mate!  White played 18/20 perfect moves, with a 99.26 CAPS.  Whites...

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