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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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  • 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 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...

  • Short fool's mates.

    KID_Harish Nov 10, 2015, 1:11 AM

    Today I will show you some very short games in this blog. These games are less than 5 moves. Not fool's mate, but played by fools! I will show you two games today, next ones in my next blog. If you laughed...


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