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  • Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up's Thumbnail

    Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

    IM Silman Nov 10, 2017, 12:24 AM

    Here are six puzzles. They might be tactics, they might be positional, or the puzzle might be about understanding some hidden deep, dark, strategic concept. In other words you need to face real-world problems and...

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    Chess Tests For Players 1600 And Up

    IM Silman Nov 2, 2017, 9:32 PM

    When I answer reader questions, I try to stay (vaguely) in that player’s rating group (two hundred points more or less). Of course, a beginner might feel left out, but I also answer beginner players’...

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    Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

    IM Silman Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 PM

    At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about...

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  • 6 Teams Qualify For PRO Chess League; You Pick 2 More!'s Thumbnail

    6 Teams Qualify For PRO Chess League; You Pick 2 More!

    NM SamCopeland Oct 29, 2017, 11:08 AM

    As commenter IM David Pruess observed, heartbreak was inevitable as 38 excellent PRO Chess League teams competed for only 8 berths in the 2018 season of the PRO Chess League. The ultimate qualifiers (the Armenia...

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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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    Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

    NM SamCopeland Jun 22, 2017, 7:13 PM

    Never question the the home team. After round two in the World Team Championship, Russia trailed China and the Poland by one match point. After round five, they have switched places, leapfrogging China and Poland...

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  • Tactics Challenge 3: IM Rensch Gets Stumped!'s Thumbnail

    Tactics Challenge 3: IM Rensch Gets Stumped!

    IM DanielRensch Dec 23, 2016, 7:09 PM

    IM Daniel Rensch is back to give Tactics Trainer a piece of his mind: the last sane piece ;) Will he be able to solve everything the Trainer throws at him or will he be tripped up by the subtleties of these challenging...

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    Tactics Challenge 1: Racing Against The Clock

    IM DanielRensch Dec 14, 2016, 3:33 PM

    How many Tactics Trainer puzzles can IM Danny Rensch solve in 15 minutes? Find out as he lets you dive into his thoughts, both right and wrong, and explains how he approaches solving.

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    How To Calculate With Precision

    GM GMMelik Nov 1, 2016, 3:19 PM

    What chess player hasn't miscalculated in a critical moment? GM Melik Khachiyan shows you how to minimize such errors with several puzzles from his recent play. Melik highlights the importance of several zwischenzugs,...

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    History of chess

    Srinibas_Masanta Dec 10, 2017, 7:01 AM

    While the exact time and place of chess's origin is debated, most scholars believe it was developed sometime around the sixth century A.D. It is a descendant of a game called chaturanga, which was commonly played...

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    Sri Lanka Inter Club Chess Championship 2017

    Tharinda_Nimnajith Dec 9, 2017, 3:31 AM

                                           I recently played in the Sri Lanka Inter Club Chess Championship 2017. We were the 1st Runners up. I scored 3.5/5 in the 5 rounds. Here are the games I played in the tournament...    ...

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    #100DaysofChess - Day 19

    chessnerdbird Dec 4, 2017, 2:18 PM

    Day 19. 12 puzzles. 10 solved correctly. Still climbing the Tactics Training ladder.   

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