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    The Chess Guessing Game

    Vik-Hansen Jul 26, 2017, 1:57 PM

    In our previous installment, we discussed the concept of pattern recognition and this time we present a method for developing overall chess skills without having to rely on static generalizations or idealized simplicity...

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    How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

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    Alekhine's Defense: World Champion Openings

    GM BryanSmith Aug 27, 2015, 2:35 AM

    Alexander Alekhine won the title from Jose Raul Capablanca in their 1927 match. The Franco-Russian master had an unusually wide opening repertoire compared to the earlier champions, and he loved to experiment with...

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    Poison Pawn Variations

    samyakdeshpande Jan 2, 2018, 8:43 PM

    The Poisoned Pawn Variation is any of several series of opening moves in chess in which a pawn is said to be "poisoned" because its capture can result in a positional disadvantage or loss of material. The best known...

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    Self-Serving Patronage

    GM smurfo Jan 2, 2018, 7:08 PM

    Over the past few months, I've had to ask myself a lot of tough questions about my chess. Am I past my peak? Is my priority performance or enjoyment? Should I keep working on trying to stay above 2500? Is it even...

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    How To Improve As A Beginner#5 - Evaluating a Position

    FangBo Dec 17, 2017, 5:34 AM

    Hello again! If you have followed this series from the start, then you have done well to stick with me for so long, and if you are unfamiliar with this series then please check out my 4 previous installments. Anyway,...

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