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  • Master Path Study Plan: The Opening!'s Thumbnail

    Master Path Study Plan: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:17 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Learn About Advanced Opening Preparation Expand Your...

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    Live Sessions

    TigerChess Jan 11, 2016, 9:19 AM

    What motivated this move? Was that a blunder? How deeply did he calculate in this position? How many candidate moves did she consider? Did he memorize that entire opening? Why did she exchange these pieces and not...

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    The Anti-Sicilians

    TigerChess Nov 28, 2015, 3:00 AM

    Are you tired of tackling the Sicilian Defense as White? There are just so many variations — The Dragon, the Najdorf, the Sveshnikov, the Scheveningen... It's exhausting! There are so many variations...

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    Announcement: Smith-Morra Simul With IM Marc Esserman

    NM SamCopeland Nov 7, 2016, 6:27 PM

    UPDATE: Marc Esserman's simul will now take place on Saturday, December 3rd! Please look for Marc's live commentary on chess.com/tv of the games in progress and follow the games live yourself by following username...

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    Big Tie For First In Gibraltar, Playoff Likely

    PeterDoggers Feb 3, 2016, 1:49 PM

    The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival will see an exciting — and probably long — final day. With eight(!) players tied for first place, a playoff is very likely. Photo: Sophie Triay. It reminds a...

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    5 In The Lead At Thai Open

    PeterDoggers Apr 16, 2015, 4:03 AM

    After five rounds, the same number of players are sharing the lead with 4.5 points at the Thai Open: GMs Francisco Vallejo Pons, Wang Hao, Jozsef Horvath, Jan Gustafsson and IM Oliver Dimakiling. The...

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  • Live Sessions: Pushing Past Equality!'s Thumbnail

    Live Sessions: Pushing Past Equality!

    IM DanielRensch Feb 6, 2014, 5:57 PM

    Grab a snack - we've got a long live session with IM Danny Rensch. Was he in the mood to accept the Smith-Morra Gambit today? And how can you help experts in the line like GM Lenderman and IM Esserman enlighten...

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    Best Play Against the Smith-Morra - Part 3!

    IM Nezhmet Jul 4, 2013, 4:44 PM

    IM Mark Ginsburg continues his series on how to deal with the Smith-Morra Gambit by showing how Black should tackle some early sidelines in the Evans Defence. How to respond to Lenderman's early e5 lunge (the Nf6-g4-e5...

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    Live Sessions: Bad Gambit Play!

    IM DanielRensch Jun 29, 2013, 9:04 PM

    IM Danny Rensch is back, and so is his British accent and 80s music references! This Live Session is a longer game, where he shows his pet system against the Morra that the late GM Igor Ivanov taught him. He never...

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    Sicilian Study No. 1

    catskincatskin Sep 15, 2017, 9:42 AM

    I'm going to spend 30 minutes today studying the Sicilian Defense.  By "study" I mean I'm going to read the Wikipedia entry and summarize it below.    Before I did my research (i.e., read Wikipedia), all I knew...

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    Summer Open June Games

    boredom77 Jul 7, 2017, 7:39 PM

    In this blog post, I talk about the four games I played this weekend at the Summer Open hosted by the South Miami Chess Club. I would highly recommend the event and club!   For each game, I share some light overall...

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    Good Chess Openings Books For Beginners and Beyond

    RussBell Jun 11, 2017, 3:41 PM

    Good Chess Openings Books For Beginners and Beyond Here are what I consider to be a sample of good chess openings books, particularly suitable for the amateur and club player - from beginner to expert.  If you are...

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