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  • The World Championship Deja Vu

    [Note: GM Serper reflects on the first half of the 2016 world chess championship.] At the time of this writing, the first part of the world championship match is over, and the score is still even: 3-3....

  • Learning An Opening: To Memorize Or Understand?

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 17, 2016, 2:33 AM

    Dave asked for my opinion on a line in the Two Knight’s Defense. He wrote: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5. Here there are a few moves...

  • How To Learn From Your Defeats Like Karpov

    Anatoly Karpov's book of selected games is one of my all-time favorites. It was a part of the famous Soviet "Black Series" about the world's best chess players. Being one of my first chess books, it seriously affected...

  • Tales Of Bishops And Knights

    • IM Silman
    • Nov 10, 2016, 3:28 AM

    clement41 wrote:  My question for you deals with the concept of “accountancy” of tempi; let me make myself clearer: in many instances one side has the opportunity to trade pieces (typically minors)...

  • Carlsen-Karjakin: Hammer's Preview

    When it comes to Magnus Carlsen, I’m not a neutral observer. I’ve known him since we both were 10. We went to the same high school, and I was a helper for him during the first two world championship...

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  • The Road to 1800

      December 2016 This is it, this is my public announcement that I am going to obtain an 1800 rapid rating on chess.com by the 1st of January 2020. This blog is not really intended for public consumption although...

  • Carlsen-Karjakin, Tiebreaks: Magnus still the champ

    Magnus Carlsen has won the World Chess Championship for a third time after unleashing a glorious queen sacrifice on the final move of the match. That meant the birthday boy had won the tiebreaks 3:1, after also...

  • Karjakin's first interview after losing to Carlsen

    Source: https://russian.rt.com/sport/article/337524-karyakin-shahmaty-intervyu "When we prepared for the match, we haven't thought much about the possible tie break", Karjakin admitted. "We thought that everything...

  • Roads to Higher Ratings

    I like to think of the game of chess as the game of life in disguise. We all make mistakes in the game just as in our lives. No one is perfect. It's a game with loads of tactics and skills. A roller coaster going...

  • Study Plan Update and Game of the Week

    Well I'm back after having played an interesting game last night at my local club. Since my first post last week I had a number of interesting insights. First, I realized that life very often gets in the way. It...

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