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    Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

    IM Silman Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 PM

    At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about...

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    The Beautifully Useless Chess Piece

    GM Gserper Sep 2, 2017, 3:20 AM

    Strong and weak squares are a cornerstone of chess strategy. The definition of a weak square is very simple: it is any square that cannot be defended by a pawn. Usually such a weak square in our opponent's camp...

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    Why Was Kasparov Deep Thinking?

    GM Gserper Aug 26, 2017, 12:02 AM

    Challenge yourselves and you will challenge the world. —Garry Kasparov, "Deep Thinking" In last week's article we stated the obvious fact that the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament was effectively...

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    World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?

    PeterDoggers Sep 19, 2017, 10:05 AM

    Both games on the first day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals were drawn. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point quickly in a very theoretical line of the Gruenfeld Defense. Wesley So built...

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    Vachier-Lagrave Knocks Out Svidler At World Cup

    PeterDoggers Sep 17, 2017, 10:30 AM

    In today's tiebreak of their quarterfinal match, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eliminated Peter Svidler from the FIDE World Cup. On what was the shortest day in Tbilisi so far, the Frenchman won the second rapid game after...

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    Bu Brilliancy Beats Carlsen At World Cup

    PeterDoggers Sep 9, 2017, 1:51 PM

    Bu Xiangzhi defeated Magnus Carlsen in a brilliant first game of the FIDE World Cup's third round. The world champion needs to win as Black tomorrow to stay in the tournament. Carlsen resigns and loses his...

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    Bringing down the Old Benoni

    thejacka1 Sep 18, 2017, 2:33 PM

    Any game that starts 1.d4 c5 makes me nervous. When a player who is graded 15 points ahead (ECF gradings) and who has beaten me in the past plays it as black, it makes it even worse. But I managed to win this game...

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    An Amazing Puzzle!

    GM Ginger_GM Sep 18, 2017, 6:05 AM

    Just the other day I was fortunate enough to stumble across the following message on twitter:   At first glance this puzzle seems rather bland, but the more we venture down the rabbit hole, the greater and...

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    Trying Out Weird Sacrifices Against Myself - A RALRAL3333 Experiment

    RALRAL3333 Sep 16, 2017, 10:32 AM

    Hello everyone! In this blog, I am playing against myself and white is going to try and make very weird sacrifices to confuse black. I will keep score of white-black and see if I can fool myself with very strange...

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