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  • Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

    • News
    • Oct 28, 2016, 2:07 PM

    Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn...

  • Roman's Novelty Shop

    There's nothing quite like the joy of cooking up a fresh opening idea and springing it successfully on an unsuspecting opponent. The thrill of a great novelty is part of the mystery and lore of chess. Who can forget...

  • Imbalanced Forces, Part 1

    A material imbalance in the endgame provides an unusual type of play. Here we watch the spectacle of pieces, each with different capabilities, fighting, trying to change the terrain to their own advantage. It is...

  • The Diverging Roads

    In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying...

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  • Rook and Pawn Ending--Keep Rook Active

    Last Tuesday, I finally got to play an OTB game with much higher-rated opponent. I still don't really know any openings--I can get through a few moves of a Ruy Lopez as White and a few moves of a French Defense...

  • A French Defense Surprise!

    Are you a French defense enthusiast?  Your first born going to be named Winawer?  But perhaps you keep losing to that pesky Nc3.  I know I was having trouble, not because the mainlines were bad but just because...

  • Pawngrabber News: Tom Riccardi Takes on Pan Ams

    Check out the original article on Chess^Summit here! How did Pittsburgh Pawngrabber Tom Riccardi do at Pan Ams? How did he beat an expert after dropping a queen? Tom shares his experiences here! Recapping the 2016...

  • Advanced Opening Analyzes in Bughouse : French

    • Sorsi
    • Dec 30, 2016, 4:31 PM

    In this post i will describe one of the most common bughouse setups - e6 d5. Unlike chess where exchange french is calm and boring opening in bughouse this is one of the sharpest lines there is. It's pretty forced...

  • Mind Over Matter-Queen Sacrifices!

    Hi, chess lovers! I am inspired by the following games....looking at Emanuel Lasker's win against Euwe in 1934, where Lasker sacrifices his Queen and beats Euwe, one year before Euwe wins the World Championship...


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