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  • How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings's Thumbnail

    How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

    louisathomas May 17, 2017, 3:35 AM

    When I began playing chess, I had no idea how to begin a game. I would stare at the row of pawns, wondering which one I should order forward, without an idea of why. Or I’d hop a knight into the open board...

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    Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

    batgirl Mar 29, 2017, 12:24 PM

         While wanting to write an introduction, putting my thoughts on the topic into words has proven to be a most difficult undertaking.   Although I predominantly scour books, newspapers...

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    Santasiere's Folly

    batgirl Mar 15, 2017, 11:49 AM

      Anthony Edward Santasiere - This name evokes images of the New York chess scene during the 1920, 30s and 40s:  Frank Marshall, Edward Lasker, Albert Pinkus, Fred Reinfeld, Sammy Reshevsky, Abe Kupchik,...

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  • MVL, Grischuk, Harikrishna Win In Moscow GP R5's Thumbnail

    MVL, Grischuk, Harikrishna Win In Moscow GP R5

    PeterDoggers May 16, 2017, 3:10 PM

    Ding Liren and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continue to lead the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow going into the rest day. On Tuesday the winners were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk and Pentala Harikrishna. Sergey...

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    Mamedyarov Breaks 2800, Catches Ding In Moscow

    PeterDoggers May 15, 2017, 12:21 PM

    With yet another win, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov not only caught Ding Liren in first place at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow; the Azerbaijani also became the 13th player in history to break 2800 in the live ratings. Shakhriyar...

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    Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

    FM MikeKlein Apr 25, 2017, 3:51 PM

    Neither the world's number-two rated player nor the world champion runner-up were having memorable events at Shamkir Chess 2017, but they will now sleep a little easier going into the tournament's only rest day. All...

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    Rapid Chess Champion 2017

    WIM Cami3 May 22, 2017, 10:33 AM

    Yesterday my team and I won the Romanian Cup, too big for the picture as you can see!  Let me share with you part of one of my games, which I played with black. So black is to move. What would you play? The position...

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    Tarrasch: Play cxd4 and other advice

    LearnHard May 21, 2017, 7:33 PM

    I'm trying to improve my pathetic standard rating. I'm going to play more and analyze my games. Here goes. I just failed at a Tarrasch French. It is the line in the French I know least since I don't see it frequently...

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    Self Introduction

    FM Drawyah May 20, 2017, 11:34 AM

    "I see the Classical Dutch/Bird as ‘lurching’ openings and you do play them in this way" – GM Nigel Davies I have started this blog to share my adventure in rediscovering the Bird/Dutch in the 21st century. My correspondence...

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