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  • Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?'s Thumbnail

    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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    Chess.com Announces Computer Chess Championship [Updated With Results]

    pete Sep 13, 2017, 11:28 AM

    Superfinal Results Superfinal Crosstable # Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 Stockfish 051117 3400 3424 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 2 Houdini...

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    Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

    IM Silman Nov 10, 2017, 12:24 AM

    Here are six puzzles. They might be tactics, they might be positional, or the puzzle might be about understanding some hidden deep, dark, strategic concept. In other words you need to face real-world problems and...

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  • The BLITZ's Thumbnail

    The BLITZ

    LilBoat21 Nov 19, 2017, 2:09 PM

    Recently I was accused of being “The Blitz” – a cursed creature doomed to leave a gathering right before things get awesome. Of course since the second I leave a gathering, so does awesome, it’s impossible for me...

  • Air mate in board center with minor pieces (bughouse)'s Thumbnail

    Air mate in board center with minor pieces (bughouse)

    PieceShredder Nov 19, 2017, 10:18 AM

    https://www.chess.com/live/game/2439215063 Not getting a Q to execute the usual bughouse N+Q mates I used minor pieces and mated with B+N combination near the board center in a quite open 'airy' position.    

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    2 move mate

    porsche_rs_fan Nov 18, 2017, 7:02 PM

    Yes, it is possible to win the game in 2 moves, but your opponent must play very badly. 1. f3?  This blocks the g1-knight's favorite square on f3, and opens a diagonal leading to the white king. 1....e5  Black makes...

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