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  • When A Chess Pattern Backfires

    Everyone agrees that knowledge of typical chess patterns is one of the main requirements for a chess player to become really strong. In our weekly column, we regularly analyze typical positional and tactical...

  • 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)...

  • The Giuoco Piano

    In this series, GMs Roman Dzindzichashvili and Melik Khachiyan explore one of the first chess openings to come into existence, the Giuoco Piano. While there are great advantages for Black in gaining the d5-square,...

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