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  • How Can An Expert Become A Master?'s Thumbnail

    How Can An Expert Become A Master?

    IM Silman Dec 7, 2017, 9:43 PM

    The Chess.com member Animaul7 (his real name is Anthony Maulucci) wrote: “I’m a 16-year-old who has been stuck at an expert rating for some time now, which I know is pretty normal. One question I have...

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    Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

    IM Silman Nov 22, 2017, 6:59 PM

    The Chess.com member LittlePawn988 wrote: Something really bugs me. I often hear players, of every level, talking about the strength of masters of the past and sometimes I find them really arrogant and disrespectful....

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    Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

    IM Silman Nov 17, 2017, 12:36 AM

    The Chess.com member grepschrop wrote: “Some players told me that it’s not important to know the names of mating patterns. My experience with kids is contrary. What is your opinion?” SILMAN: Though...

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    Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    PeterDoggers Nov 6, 2014, 12:41 AM

    This Saturday the World Championship Match starts in Sochi. Most chess fans think that Magnus Carlsen will keep his title, but what about the experts?  In our first preview we listed the match schedule...

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    2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    SonofPearl Jan 4, 2013, 6:13 AM

    Many thanks to all the Chess.com members who entered the 2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler! There were 18 chess related questions, and a total of 29 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? As always the...

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    IM dpruess May 8, 2011, 9:18 PM

    Dear Chesscom Community -I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Chess.com Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author,...

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    MN Class Championships 2017 (and a new opening, see picture)

    EPchessguy Dec 1, 2017, 9:59 PM

    Hey all, I'm a little busy with school right now, which is why I've waited a few weeks to post this.  Recently I played in the MN Class Championships, to try for the class B title. Going in, I was the 3rd highest...

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    The Square of the Pawn, Part 1

    Gaedel123 Nov 14, 2017, 9:25 PM

    When an enemy pawn is trying to outrace your King down the board, it’s always nice to be able to see with a glance if you (or your opponent) can draw. Sadly, most players feel that they must do the old “he goes...

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    Practical Chess Endgames vol5

    slobodan007 Nov 5, 2017, 11:25 PM

    See example 1: And black is losted.   New example: You see.Here is example.  You can find more here or on google. I suggest book by Jeremy Silman ''Silman's complete endgames course:Form beniger to Master. You...

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