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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...

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    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),...

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    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...

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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...

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    Almost 200 rating point gain in two days OTB

    seanysean2 May 29, 2017, 10:40 AM

      That's right! Almost 200 rating points gained in two tournaments in two consecutive days. Beat that . The first tournament was on April 29th. It was a 5 minutes/G. The next one was a 30 minutes/G, which was on...

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    One from Greco

    Ziryab Apr 26, 2017, 2:14 PM

    The oldest English language book that presents games from Gioachino Greco (c.1600 - c. 1634) is Francis Beale, The Royall Art of Chesse-Play (London 1656). This book contains 154 games attributed to Greco, as well...

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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...

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