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  • 2017 PRO Chess League: Teams's Thumbnail

    2017 PRO Chess League: Teams

    PROChessLeague Jan 8, 2017, 3:56 PM

    We are proud to welcome 48 teams, over 400 players and over 100 grandmasters to this inaugural season of the PRO Chess League! Listed here are all of the team rosters in rating order as well as links to social media...

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    Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    GM BryanSmith Sep 24, 2015, 2:34 AM

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an...

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    Goose-Stepping Down Under

    batgirl Sep 2, 2015, 11:30 AM

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia. ...

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    Fischer's eccentric brilliancies: Part 2

    Lt2Adnan Feb 25, 2017, 6:01 AM

    The last time we left off, Fischer was on his way to the Soviet Union, where you don't play chess, but chess plays you he was about to participate in the prestigious 1959 Candidates Tournament. Back then the Red...

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    Latvian Champions Make Riga Magicians

    PROChessLeague Dec 31, 2016, 3:45 PM

    The Riga Magicians are undoubtedly one of the favorites in the Green Division. The Magicians are named after the most famous Latvian player in chess history: World Champion Mikhail Tal, who was nicknamed "The Magician...

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    Oparin Beats Shirov In Playoff, Qualifies For Zurich

    PeterDoggers Dec 22, 2016, 11:25 AM

    GM Grigoriy Oparin qualified for the 2017 Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge. The 19-year-old grandmaster defeated GM Alexei Shirov 1.5-0.5 in a playoff at the Nutcracker tournament in Moscow. The Nutcracker...

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    The Classical Dutch - Part 2

    GM Ginger_GM Jun 27, 2014, 9:02 AM

    GM Simon Williams, one of the most frequent practitioners of the Dutch Defense, shows why it isn't the opening's fault that he is 0-3 against GM Alexei Shirov. Today the plan of ...Ne4 and the importance of ...e5...

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    Old School With Uncle Yermo: Complete Show From 4-21-14

    ChessTV Feb 23, 2015, 8:03 AM

    Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky as investigates the exciting play of Alexander Shabalov, and the Latvian School of chess. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s...

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    How to Play the Queens Gambit II

    GM Shankland Apr 28, 2010, 10:10 PM

    IM Shankland continues his series on "how to play the Queen's Gambit" with some recommendations in what has arguably been the most topical and theoretically relevant variation of the Slav/Semi-Slav over...

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    2017 - Is this the year? :) (Part 2 out of 2)

    NM HustleTime Mar 22, 2017, 3:51 AM

    Hi there   This is the Part 2 of the review covering my first couple of chess tournaments this year and illustrating all my struggles and sweats towards the ultimate goal! So in part 1 (which you see here)...

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    2017 - Is this the year? :) (Part 1 out of 2)

    NM HustleTime Mar 11, 2017, 3:22 AM

    Hi there, It has been a while since my last blog-post here on chess.com, which doesn't mean I have given up on my chess journey, in fact, quite the opposite. We are almost 2,5 months in the year 2017 and so much...

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    Adventures in Latvia

    ppaulojr Mar 4, 2017, 5:40 PM

    I never been in Latvia, however today I was "invited" to play the Latvian Gambit in a 30 minute game. e4 e5 Nf3 f5 It has been a wild ride, I won but the game seems like an interminable puzzle as described by a...

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