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  • The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights's Thumbnail

    The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights

    IM Silman Oct 18, 2017, 11:32 PM

    The Chess.com member dudejan asked: I always seem to struggle to know where to develop my bishops. For knights the concepts of outposts or placement behind a pawn to double defend certain squares are quite logical...

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    The Strongest Chess Librarian In The World

    GM Gserper Oct 15, 2017, 1:40 AM

    Unless you live under a rock, you know that the 65-year-old librarian James Tarjan beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in the recently concluded Chess.com Isle of Man tournament. Of course Grandmaster...

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    How Can Older Players Improve?

    IM Silman Oct 12, 2017, 1:39 AM

    IMPROVEMENT FOR OLD PLAYERS The Chess.com member jayzorac wrote: I have a question for you. Do you think “older” players can still improve to expert and master level?  SILMAN: Mr. jayzorac...

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    Batumi Chess Club NONA Wins 3rd ECC Title

    IM JovankaHouska Oct 15, 2017, 12:41 PM

    Batumi Chess Club NONA won the European Club Cup on Saturday in Göynük/Antalya. As promised, Chess.com publishes a separate report on the women's tournament, once again written by IM Jovanka Houska. The...

  • Globus Wins European Club Cup; Kramnik To Miss Candidates?'s Thumbnail

    Globus Wins European Club Cup; Kramnik To Miss Candidates?

    PeterDoggers Oct 14, 2017, 7:20 PM

    Both Odlar Yurdu and Alkaloid held them to 3-3, but with a win in the final round Globus secured victory after all. The top seed won the European Club Cup in Göynük/Antalya, Turkey on Saturday with...

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    GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017

    FM MikeKlein Oct 13, 2017, 2:17 PM

    [Note: Updated with extensive thoughts from Lombardy's only son Raymond and a personal reflection from Bruce Pandolfini.] GM William Lombardy, an American former world junior champion also made famous for being...

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  • Greatest Chess Enigmas; Queen or Two Rooks?'s Thumbnail

    Greatest Chess Enigmas; Queen or Two Rooks?

    Silmanfan Oct 19, 2017, 2:07 PM

    When it comes to this issue, there are many varying opinions. As well as the previous article, Greatest Chess Enigmas; Knight vs. Bishop, this question has been debated for centuries, until it was finally solved...

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    Rook Endings: Following Rubinstein 2

    RyanMurphy5 Oct 17, 2017, 6:54 AM

         Good time of day to you, my dear chess friends. It's been awhile since I updated this mini-series on practical rook endings (about 18 months). Last time, I showed a few rook endings played by Akiba Rubinstein...

  • The Oldest Chess Opening?'s Thumbnail

    The Oldest Chess Opening?

    ArnieChipmunk Oct 15, 2017, 11:29 AM

    Although many chess fans find it boring, in my opinion it's absolutely fascinating that the Giuoco Piano, or Italian Opening, is so popular again at top grandmaster level. Isn't it wonderful that some of the oldest...

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