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    The Top 3 Chess Insults

    GM Gserper Sep 16, 2017, 9:18 PM

    The 2017 World Cup is one of the most important events of the year and a real feast for the true chess enthusiast. It is even covered by the mainstream media, which usually ignores chess. Unfortunately the media...

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    The King’s Indian Defense: Too Hot For You?

    IM Silman Aug 24, 2017, 10:30 PM

    IvnKaramazov: I feel like one of my recent games demonstrates my problem quite well. I thought I was gaining a positional advantage and at first glance it seems so: by move 15 I had a bishop pair and an outposted...

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    batgirl Jul 12, 2017, 11:18 AM

    Johannes Jacobus van Oosterom       Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch business and chess maecenas, died in October of 2016.      The Association Max Euwe of Monaco,...

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    GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017

    FM MikeKlein Oct 13, 2017, 2:17 PM

    [Note: Updated with extensive thoughts from Lombardy's only son Raymond and a personal reflection from Bruce Pandolfini.] GM William Lombardy, an American former world junior champion also made famous for being...

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    4 Leaders Draw In Isle Of Man; 3 Others Catch Up

    FM MikeKlein Sep 27, 2017, 3:01 AM

    "The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers," the writer Arthur Koestler once opined. In round four of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International, the four leading...

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    Caruana Beats Hou Yifan In Strong Speed Champs Showing

    FM MikeKlein Aug 25, 2017, 8:44 AM

    In a later episode of "Seinfeld," wacky neighbor Cosmo Kramer is lost in downtown Manhattan at the intersection of "first" and "first." The "nexus of the universe" nearly repeated itself Thursday at Chess.com's...

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    Shamkir 2014: Round 4 - Complete Show - Part 2

    ChessTV Apr 26, 2014, 6:05 PM

    GMs Yermolinsky and Shabalov enter their own "middle game" as they attempt to understand how Carlsen's Berlin Wall got devastated. Watch and see it crumble!

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    The Active King: Triumphal Walk Part 1

    GM dbojkov Dec 2, 2010, 5:55 AM

    This weekend we all bear witness to the amazing idea of an active king in the middle game. Taken from the game examples: 1991 Short-Timman, and 1973 Bronstein-Petrovich, we see two exceptionally creative and extremely...

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    Member Analysis: Instructive Games 2

    GM JRLOK Jan 5, 2010, 7:15 PM

    GM Dzindzichashvili gives another instructive analysis of two chess.com members' game. In this one he covers strategic considerations for piece placement in the opening, and how to take advantage of faulty ones;...

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    The Oldest Chess Opening?

    ArnieChipmunk Oct 15, 2017, 11:29 AM

    Although many chess fans find it boring, in my opinion it's absolutely fascinating that the Giuoco Piano, or Italian Opening, is so popular again at top grandmaster level. Isn't it wonderful that some of the oldest...

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    Slow Chess League Game Analysis Today's Game

    nicktrap Oct 14, 2017, 5:24 PM

    My mantra, however it should read "mistakes." This is an analysis of today's league loss, the second game of the day against the Ruy Lopez. In both these games my positional moves in the middle game were weaknesses...

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    The White Knight Runs Wild

    nicktrap Oct 14, 2017, 1:10 PM

    This is my third practice game with my NickH, a fine player and fine friend. He played white and opened with the Ruy Lopez. I did okay through the opening and into the middle game, but a couple of tactical blunders...

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