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    Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

    IM Silman Feb 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

    This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess...

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    How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

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    Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

    IM Silman Dec 29, 2016, 8:11 AM

    I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble...

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    The truth about chess theory

    Lt2Adnan Mar 11, 2017, 6:40 AM

    A few weeks ago I was having a Whatsapp conversation with a few chess acquaintances, when the following position was raised: Position after 15... fxg6 The question was, how would Black respond after 16. Bxg6? At...

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    Callaham Gambit in Old Indian Forces Change of Initiative Forever.

    MAC-Philidor Mar 3, 2017, 8:24 PM

    (540) enkhbat (2488) - mike c (1812) [A54] md action,  1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.Ng1–f3 d7-d6 3.g2-g3 Nb8-d7 4.Bf1–g2 e7-e5 5.c2-c4 Bf8-e7 6.Nb1–c3 0–0 7.0–0 c7-c6 8.h2-h3 Qd8-c7 9.b2-b3 Rf8-e8 10.Bc1–a3 Nd7-f8 Fritz wants...

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    Alec's Weekly Quiz Answers

    1lec Feb 24, 2017, 3:33 PM

    Alec Andersen 2/24/17 CHS101 Weekly Quiz Answers 1) What is the difference between a pincer lever and a cross lever? 2) How many duos, trios and quads are present in five adjacent pawns of the same color? In...

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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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    Pawn Structure 101: Black's Dragon Plans In The Maroczy

    IM DanielRensch Aug 16, 2016, 3:34 PM

    It's your turn, defenders of the black side of the Maroczy Bind. IM Daniel Rensch tackles the dragon structure and shows you how the bind can be broken with a focus on the dark squares, timely kingside counterplay,...

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    Pawn Structure 101: Maroczy Bind Plans For White

    IM DanielRensch Aug 7, 2016, 10:19 PM

    In his last video, IM Danny Rensch showed you the key ideas for both Black and White in the Maroczy Bind. This time he shows you White's best ideas in action. Enjoy plenty of devastating attacks that arise naturally...

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    Who likes the king's indian

    Berkowick Mar 29, 2017, 6:26 PM

    lines in the kings indian: Main kings indian: King's indian attack Comes off of the reti opening (nf3) or the hungerian (h3) and is going for the fanchetto structure: this defense structure is ok for 3 check, because...

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    The secret top players keep to themselves and how I discovered it.

    GmPrice Mar 29, 2017, 1:52 PM

     When I first started chess, and even for several several years after I was always slightly confused as to what I am supposed to be playing after the opening moves. I'd develop sensibly (so i thought) and eventually...

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    2nd Muswell Hill FIDE Rapidplay

    Firethorn15 Mar 28, 2017, 11:17 AM

    Today I participated in the 2nd Muswell Hill Weekday Rapidplay Tournament. While seeming from its name to be a small, friendly, local tournament it is actually quite strong (this month it included a GM, an IM, two...

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