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    How To Improve Your Calculation

    IM Silman Oct 4, 2017, 7:10 PM

    The Chess.com member Benjamin_Dubuque (rated 1288) wrote: I have a question about calculation. I often miss either simple intermediate moves or very quiet moves in my calculations, especially in complicated messes...

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    The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

    NM danheisman Jun 15, 2017, 2:26 AM

    Many years ago I wrote a Novice Nook column, "The Fun of Pros and Cons." This column was directed at the many players who play way too fast in long time-control games. The column and its sequel "Chess is Decisions"...

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    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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    Milliseconds Sacred In Showdown's 2nd Day

    FM MikeKlein Nov 10, 2017, 9:16 PM

    It was supposed to be a rapid and blitz match, but it's turning into a theme match. Good reflexes don't hurt either. The 2017 Champions Showdown doesn't actually require specific openings to be played over the...

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    Nepomniachtchi Has Own Analysis Used Against Him By Aronian In Sinquefield Cup

    FM MikeKlein Aug 2, 2017, 4:08 PM

    How are American-Russian relations doing? We'll have to wait another day to find out. The 2017 Sinquefield Cup features exactly four Russian speakers in the 10-player field, and they all played each other in today's...

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    Jobava Dazzles In Denmark

    FM MikeKlein Jul 31, 2017, 2:04 PM

    GM Baadur Jobava's tournament win at the 2017 Xtracon Open was only partly Shakespearean. It was played in Elsinore, Denmark, home of "Hamlet." But it was far from a tragedy. Instead, Jobava produced a few moves...

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