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    Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

    IM Silman Feb 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

    This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess...

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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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    Why You Lose To Weaker Players

    IM Silman Dec 21, 2016, 3:41 PM

    Asmara the Cat wrote: I have a problem and I hope you can help me. My problem is that I don’t know how to defeat bad players (well, I’m not so good, but players who play worse than me). In real life,...

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    Chess Tournament Play

    Win_Like_McEntee Apr 28, 2017, 7:31 PM

    A chess tournament is one of the oldest forms of being able to show your chess strength. I'll discuss some etiquette and must-know tournament rules that apply to USCF and FIDE.  Over-the-board (OTB) Chess Tournaments...

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    3 Years on chess.com

    RiddlesMcFiddles Apr 26, 2017, 6:56 PM

    Today April 27th marks 3 years since I started playing on chess.com and by extension how long I've been playing chess for (I did know how the pieces moved prior to joining chess.com but only played like one game...

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    French defense Exchange variation , 4.Bd3 c5 , part 4 , 5.c3 , Black advances to ...c4.

    jengaias Apr 12, 2017, 6:45 AM

      In this post I will examine the main patterns/plans  and explore the subtleties of the pawn structure that occurs after Black advances his c5-pawn to ...c4 Diagram 1 There are 3 main ways you can get this...

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