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    Closing In On A Master Rating

    IM Silman May 11, 2017, 3:58 AM

    The Chess.com member mnuwan wrote: "I’m a middle-aged guy who has taken up chess again seriously after a hiatus of many years. I currently have a USCF rating of 2100, and I am trying to get the master...

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    Chess And Political Correctness

    GM Gserper Dec 24, 2016, 3:52 AM

    The world has gone crazy! Did I just say it aloud? I am sorry; I used to better control what I say. In fact it was something you would learn from your early childhood in the former Soviet Union. As the...

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    Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

    IM Silman Dec 8, 2016, 4:33 AM

    This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s...

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    OTB competition advices for beginners (chapter 3) Physical and mental hygiene

    Icare001 May 14, 2017, 2:54 PM

    After those horrifying examples, let's have a lighter time, talking about physicall and mental hygiene in chess competition.   My advices are good, and believe me, when I say "don't", it's because I did and paid...

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    The Fog of Blitz

    chesster3145 Apr 28, 2017, 8:15 PM

        Hi everyone,     I played this game in the middle of the afternoon, when I was rather sick and was going to attend a 2/12 tournament. I think I got a fun game, and there's some more interesting stuff in there.    ...

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    2017 Pittsburgh Open

    BrainOnFire Mar 9, 2017, 8:30 PM

    Some context before beginning: After breaking through the 1800's in January 2016 and reaching the 1900's, I have been stagnated for about a year at this rating level. Whenever I would even come close to 2000 (peak...

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