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mJennings
mJennings
Location: Kazakhstan
Joined: 8/22/10
Last Online: 8/22/10
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Silman
Silman
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Joined: 12/13/07
Last Online: 4/29/16
Points: 1035 points

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • Martin Villemson's Gambit

         Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at below not only go by many names, but the situations, like gambits themselves, can get messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.      The title of this article i... | Read More

  • Blunders: A Grandmaster's Perspective

    A few months ago, IM Jeremy Silman wrote an entertaining and highly informative article on why grandmasters blunder. I was particularly impressed with his opening remark: "Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hang... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

  • How To Survive A Chess Disaster

    Everyone gets tired from time to time, stress kills, and the periodic brain melt is pretty much impossible to prevent.  — IM Jeremy Silman, Why Do Grandmasters Blunder?  No matter how hard he works, or how strong h... | Read More


    • KIMPLODES--64 squares explained! (Part 1 of 9)

      KIMPLODES--sounds like a TV cartoon show, but instead it's an analytic approach that lets me tease out a few of Caissa's secrets. Some of my online acquaintances tell me they use it during coaching sessions with students, including a FIDE expert ... | Read More

    • Principles of Attack, Part 1

      Chess amatuers love to attack. Brilliant, sparkling masterpieces are often seen in games of a mismatch (i.e. Greco vs. NN, Capablanca vs. Amatuer, etc.) in strenghts, while every single amatuer has at least one gorgeous checkmate on his belt. How... | Read More

    • I'm Scared of Ghosts ... Chess Ghosts

      I'm scared of Ghosts ... Chess Ghosts!   That's a pretty embarassing statement to make, but hopefully the first step in recognising I have a problem.   I've seen this theme in half a dozen games of mine. A typicaly scenario will be that my o... | Read More

    • Chess Mentor - a hidden gem

      Chess Mentor doesn't very often make the front page on chess.com so many members may not even know it exists.  But there it is, lurking on the "Learn" menu.   I first purchased Chess Mentor as a program for my PC back in 1999 and credit it with ... | Read More

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    • April 2016 Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand

      Registration for the April 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  7:00 PM PDT on April 8th, 2016. Five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will teach a one-hour lesson... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Apr 4, 2016
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  • Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    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 and basics, and then we gave... | Read More

  • 2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    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 standard of entries was excelle... | Read More

  • Appreciation

    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, International Master Jeremy Sil... | Read More

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    So how well did you do in the 2009 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? The standard of entries was extremely high, and Chess.com would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Chess.com Columnists

    Chess.com is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to ... | Read More


  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Tactical Devices

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    Hi, this is Chessking47 writing on tactical devices. I guess you know the basic forks, pins, and skewers, but there are more. First of all, the Clearance Sacrifice.  You might love to play a powerful move, but can't because one of your pieces a... Read More »

  • Ervin, Roy

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    Roy Carl Ervin was born in Los Angeles on January 4, 1951 and grew up in Santa Monica.  In 1969, he took 2nd in the Ventura Marina Chess Festival, won by Ray Martin, and ahead of Norman Whitaker.  In 1969, at the American Open in Santa Monica, E... Read More »

  • Alekhine's Gun

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    When two rooks are in front of a queen on a file, it is called Alekine's Gun. It is called this because Alekhine used this strategy against Nimzovich in a known game. Idea from "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by IM Jeremy Silman Read More »