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  • When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings's Thumbnail

    When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings

    GM Gserper Jul 1, 2017, 3:46 AM

    There are many openings in chess that were named after chess players who invented or make them popular. But what happens when such a chess player is forced to play against his own opening? How does it feel to fight...

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    The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

    GM Gserper Mar 19, 2017, 9:28 AM

    I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular...

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    Can You Smell Chess Moves?

    GM Gserper Mar 4, 2017, 10:30 PM

    In the beginning of the 1990s, I established a certain routine. Whenever I set foot in Moscow (and I did it pretty frequently), I would visit the Central Chess Club and climb a narrow staircase to the third floor...

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  • A rambling rook in a blitz game's Thumbnail

    A rambling rook in a blitz game

    ArnieChipmunk Jul 14, 2017, 4:03 AM

    Blitz games are usually a lot of fun while they're being played, but best forgotten once they're finished. Last week, however, I played a blitz game on Chess.com which actually featured a funny theme you don't hear...

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    Power Moves!

    kamalakanta Jul 2, 2017, 8:11 PM

    Some players have power in their moves....their concepts have weight and power! They are able to deliver "hammer blows"...in some cases, it can be a sizzling combination. In others, it is the tsrength of their concept...

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    Patience: The threat is stronger than the execution

    NM eltenedor Jun 20, 2017, 10:26 PM

    After a rough Chicago Open, I made a recovery in recent games, clinching 3 of my last 5 games and winning the blitz tournament at the Continental Class Championships with 7/8. I'm particularly happy with my 2nd...

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