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  • 9 Amazing Underpromotions's Thumbnail

    9 Amazing Underpromotions

    GM Gserper Jul 22, 2017, 7:59 PM

    When a pawn reaches the last rank it creates one of the biggest miracles of the game of chess. In such a situation the weakest chess piece can instantly become the strongest one! While in the majority of such cases,...

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    I Have No Idea How I Won

    IM Silman Jul 20, 2017, 2:11 AM

    The Chess.com member ostria wrote: I wonder if you would take a look at one of my games. I won, but the thing is I have no idea how! I made simple moves through the game and I am sure we both made many mistakes,...

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    How To Fight 2 Queens

    GM Gserper Jul 15, 2017, 2:34 PM

    I noticed that when I teach the rules of chess to kids, almost nothing excites them more than a pawn promotion. I can see sparkles in the kids' eyes and have to answer the unavoidable question: "So, I can have two...

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  • How To Play Chess (Part 1): Understanding the Board and Pieces's Thumbnail

    How To Play Chess (Part 1): Understanding the Board and Pieces

    PinkuAkane Jul 25, 2017, 4:00 PM

    Understanding the Board and Pieces The board is an 8x8 grid and each space is uniquely identified by a letter followed by a number using a notation called the rank and file system. Each piece has a specific name,...

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    Setting up a pawn fork

    Epigene Jul 25, 2017, 12:49 PM

    This is a common tactic that you can use in the opening if opponent misplaces their pieces to win a pawn and get a better position.    

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    The big one got away: Seafair Open 2017

    WCM mkkuhner Jul 25, 2017, 8:26 AM

    I have a soft spot for the Seafair Open, the biggest Seattle Chess Club tournament of the year, as it was my comeback tournament in 2014.  (And it's quite unlikely that I'll do as badly as I did in 2014, where I...

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