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  • The Queen Of Blunders Takes On Tactics's Thumbnail

    The Queen Of Blunders Takes On Tactics

    louisathomas Apr 19, 2017, 1:22 PM

    In the beginning, tactics were a way to waste time. They were something to do while I was impatient, waiting in line or while water boiled. I had never played chess before, but I had watched my boyfriend play it,...

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    Is This The Future Of Chess?

    GM Gserper Apr 15, 2017, 10:26 PM

    GM Emil Sutovsky recently posted some shocking news on his Facebook page: a computer program, Ponanza, beat the best shogi player in the world. Not only that, but the computer program pretty much introduced a novelty...

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    How Can You Consistently Improve Your Chess Game?

    IM Silman Apr 13, 2017, 4:29 AM

    The Chess.com member Cubronzo asked: “I’ve been playing chess for about a year now and my playing strength keeps going up and down. My main problem is my ability to see ahead in a chess position. Do...

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    Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

    FM MikeKlein Apr 25, 2017, 3:51 PM

    Neither the world's number-two rated player nor the world champion runner-up were having memorable events at Shamkir Chess 2017, but they will now sleep a little easier going into the tournament's only rest day. All...

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    Kramnik Wins With Amazing Rook Sac In Shamkir

    NM SamCopeland Apr 24, 2017, 4:57 PM

    Two days ago, Veselin Topalov played a wonderful rook sacrifice in Shamkir that some commented might be a move-of-the-year candidate. Today, Topalov's long-time adversary Vladimir Kramnik one-upped him with a possibly...

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    Dzagnidze Wins Euro Women's Championship

    IM JovankaHouska Apr 24, 2017, 2:51 PM

    Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia won the 18th edition of the European individual championship for women, held April 11-22 in Riga, Latvia. IM Jovanka Houska, who participated as well, reports. Nana Dzagnidze....

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    Fear The Bishops: Hammer vs Krasenkow

    GM SultanOfKings Dec 30, 2016, 12:18 AM

    GM Jon Ludwig Hammer presents "the best game [he's] ever played" against the erstwhile-2700 Michal Krasenkow. Check out his positional pawn sac, exchange sac, and the ensuing. It's a veritable feast of strategic...

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    Promotion Chaos At The U.S. Masters

    IM Keaton87 Dec 1, 2016, 4:24 PM

    Usually one pawn promotion is enough to win the game, but in this crazy game, it takes three promotions to conclude the game. IM Keaton Kiewra dares you not to enjoy this duel!

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    Hammer's Highlights: Underpromotion Mate

    GM SultanOfKings Feb 9, 2017, 12:47 PM

    Jon Ludvig Hammer looks at his game against Artur Neikans from the Pro Chess League. It was nominated as game of the week—and we can understand why: It was full of action! Hammer takes us through important strategy...

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    Busting the Winawer French

    BluemanIsBack Apr 25, 2017, 1:58 PM

    Hi folks,  At my club some people play the Winawer and expect white to play 4.e5. Then they use a whole library of theory. So I was thinking...  What about 4.a3? It forces the bishop to trade on c3. Of course black...

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    Evans Memorial 1: Luck is with me

    WCM mkkuhner Apr 23, 2017, 4:37 PM

    Given that I don't drink, smoke, or gamble, it felt quite strange to be living in a casino.  We were truly in the casino, too:  my hotel elevator came down into a maze of slot machines, and if the maze was successfully...

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    Intro to Tactics

    Win_Like_McEntee Apr 23, 2017, 4:21 PM

    If you are playing a more skilled opponent they are likely to see your 1 move threats.  As such you need to look for more complicated threats that are harder to avoid.  Tactics in general are moves that gain a clear...

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