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  • Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

    IM Silman Dec 29, 2016, 8:11 AM

    I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble...

  • Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

    Vik-Hansen Dec 20, 2016, 2:59 AM

    Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing with the concept of "pattern recognition": Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess...

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    GM Gserper Oct 15, 2016, 11:50 PM

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The...

  • The Deadliest Chess Pattern

    GM Gserper Aug 20, 2016, 10:05 PM

    There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest...

  • Patterns: Bishop+Rook Mates

    batgirl Aug 10, 2016, 11:30 AM

         Many naturally talented chess players effortlessly envision mating patterns, applying them or threatening their application with amazing ease.  Other, less talented players such...

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  • Checkmate with 2 Knights

    Boldchess Feb 16, 2017, 7:01 AM

    One of the most rewarding things in chess is when you manage to implement what you've learned in a practical game. The following game combines two of the themes that I've been exploring recently. The first one...

  • Crazyhouse: Revitalizing the Romance in Chess

    croskie Nov 17, 2016, 3:14 PM

    While it’s true in today’s chess climate that high level tournaments exhibit more fighting chess than has been seen in recent decades (and thank goodness for that!), it’s impossible to ignore the larger trend in...

  • Bughouse Attack Patterns

    Sorsi Nov 14, 2016, 1:35 PM

    In this post, I am going to show you how to approach your opponent's king in multiple common situations. N.B.: I am not talking about how to force mates with a hand full of pieces; my idea is to show the reader...

  • The 3 most popular mating patterns in this tournament

    BobBishoen Oct 11, 2016, 4:22 PM

    With the Italian Battle tournament coming to an end (watch the final Queen and Rook endgame here), I want to go through some mating patterns I witnessed in this tournament. We have seen a lot of fights ending in...

  • October 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

    GeniusKJ Oct 5, 2016, 2:20 AM

    Registration for the October 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  11:00 PM PDT on October 7th, 2016. Chess University's core team...


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