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  • How To Play Positional Sacrifices

    IM Silman Jan 26, 2017, 3:37 AM

    Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I...

  • PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

    NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017, 1:45 AM

    With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams...

  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The 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...

  • Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

    GM Gserper Jan 14, 2017, 2:03 AM

    My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment,...

  • Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

    News Dec 30, 2016, 12:03 PM

    Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We...

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  • A "hard fought" game: Lakeridge Chess Tournament Rounds 4-5

    Joseph_Truelson Feb 16, 2017, 9:56 AM

    Joseph Levine confidently looks at the camera before his first move in the first round. At least I think it's a confident look. As I'm not sure, I probably shouldn't say anything else, or else I will get fired and...

  • What I don't understand about chess (#117)

    ArnesonStidgeley Feb 10, 2017, 6:03 AM

    I lost against the Impossible Computer today. I could have played a line to reach the following as Black: It looks bad for Black. White's rooks are connected; I am going to have a little difficulty in extricating...

  • Anand: 'Technology has eliminated uncertainity in Chess'

    Aarao Feb 8, 2017, 4:28 PM

    It was an evening of enthralling discussion with five-time world champion V. Anand and IM V. Saravanan on some of the finer aspects of evolution of the game and Anand’s journey through it to the summit. The event...

  • Making the Cut... vs. TheAxeman (1550)

    IMperf_X_ion00 Jan 25, 2017, 8:04 PM

    In 2017, I will not make-up any excuses when the score is to my opponent`s favor... so that the end result will tell the tale of my chess journey back to a 1600 blitz rating. So, as I look back to what went wrong,...

  • AoaLCP #4: Beating the Fort Knox

    TheGreatLlama Jan 25, 2017, 11:37 AM

    Hello all,   Looking over the last few blogs I've realised that I've been showing a lot of my wins. I vow to write about some embarrassing defeats next week; I don't want to create a false assumption that I'm a...


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