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    Online Jul 16, 2007


    Joined: Jul 16, 2007

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  • The Return of Readers’ Games, Part 1

    IM Silman Dec 24, 2013, 8:27 AM

    When I was doing readers’ games (and I’ll return to that at some point next year) I would heap praise on good moves or even interesting moves, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call a horrible move what...

  • Having Fun With Blunders

    IM Silman Sep 3, 2013, 9:25 AM

    Recently I was involved in a small discussion about blunders and was shocked that the term’s meaning wasn’t as rock solid as I had thought. Everyone is used to symbols like “?” (poor or bad move), “?!” (dubious),...

  • Beginner Mating Patterns - Part 2

    IM Silman Dec 5, 2012, 1:27 AM

    In my first article on beginner mating patterns, we explored back rank mates, Queen mates on h7, Queen mates on g7, and smothered mates. This week we’ll explore the two beginner favorites: Scholar’s...

  • If You Putter, Your Game Will Sputter

    IM Silman Feb 28, 2012, 11:02 PM

    Franke: “This is a game I’m quite proud of, even though I came away from it with a half point fewer than I should have. With a USCF rating of 1984 and a recent peak at 2037, Ted is the strongest opponent by far...

  • The Greatest Amateur Game of all Time

    IM Silman Oct 31, 2010, 10:10 PM

    Even before my 3 part series on How to Study Master Games, I had gotten various letters asking about the ultimate value of non-master games. Also, many people have asked me how to improve their attacking skills....

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  • A few easy checkmates and perpetual check

    Berkowick Mar 9, 2017, 5:05 PM

    Hello all of you, it's me, FM_Berkowick (Thanks to FM_Checkmate for 'FM Fun master idea' ) Today I'll be telling you all how to get a few basic checkmates (which allow you to win the game) 1st checkmate is scholars...

  • Rating Raise #1 intro

    chessmaster102 Feb 8, 2017, 7:16 AM

    Hello everyone this my blog of games I annotate playing against various unrated computers to try and find out what there rating is by way of one or more games. Some things to know first. All time controls are standard...

  • V2 Lives on!! Elenin Studios Content 4 of 7 WHY CAN'T V3 DO THIS???!!!

    kboyer309 Nov 19, 2016, 10:23 AM

    It's the End of the World as we Know it... 1797 15 12/9/12 View Chess Weapons of Mass Destruction 1789 2 1/20/12 View Here today....gone...today 1772 7 4/6/12 View Hitler's Mother 1761 2 5/11/14 View Robin...

  • 10 Things you didn't know about chess (NO CLICK BAIT!)

    seanysean2 Oct 30, 2016, 2:11 PM

    You probably think this is click-bait, and that you already knew all of what I'm about to tell you, but that is not true! Read on, and be amazed.   1. Chesswithsean's YouTube channel is the best learning resource...

  • How to Crush a Master

    ehus33 Aug 10, 2016, 2:58 PM

    Fools mate is a crazy way to checkmate noobs (such as me), but did you know that masters fall for it too? I was blitzing this master (even though it was G30) the other day and he always plays the Dutch and/or the...

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  • 2013 US Championships Round 2

    SonofPearl May 5, 2013, 10:54 AM

    . Five Remain Perfect at U.S. Championships By FM Mike Klein SAINT LOUIS (May 5, 2013) -- After two rounds of the 2013 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship, there are curiously more perfect scores remaining...

  • Fools mate

    SerjV Jul 11, 2011, 4:07 PM

      Fools mate: 1.f3 e5 2.g4 Qh4#   f3 for:a)g2-g4 b)Kf2 c)Ng1-Nh3-Nf2 e5 for: a)Bc5  b)Qh4 g2-g4 for: a)h4,g5 g3,f2 mat.  d2,e2,Bf1 stop King.

  • WCG Championship Event 5 Results

    GeniusKJ Jan 14, 2011, 11:13 PM

    WCG Event 5 is finally finished and the result is ready to be announced! Congratulations to downtownroad and steven2444 for getting a perfect score of 13! Both members did a fantastic job and answered all the questions...

  • Gorilla Spotted Playing Chess

    slimedog Jun 22, 2010, 8:35 AM

    Clearly news has spread about animal chess openings! This fellow took it to mean that animals can play chess too!  It turns out his score wasn't too great, he lost to the four move check mate, the fools mate, and...

  • Halloween Edition

    Zhane Oct 30, 2009, 3:59 PM

    Happy halloween Readers This has been kinda rushed so here is something that erick, myself and Mithras have thrown together so here it is. History      With roots in Celtic cultures, Halloween is not celebrated...

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