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  • Rookrookrookrook
    Online May 2, 2014

    Rook Rook | KL, Malaysia

    Joined: Apr 7, 2014

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    Online Oct 24, 2014

    Rook Rook | Earth, India

    Joined: Aug 14, 2014

  • ysjf
    Online Oct 21, 2014

    rook beater rook killer | New York City, United States

    Joined: Oct 21, 2014

  • RooKnRook
    Online Dec 15, 2015

    Rook Rook | Russia

    Joined: Dec 15, 2015

  • YouAreMyRook
    Online Nov 25, 2016

    Rook Rook | United States

    Joined: Aug 16, 2016

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  • American Woman - Part III

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

  • Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

    The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel,...

  • Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

    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,...

  • The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

    • IM Silman
    • Jan 11, 2017, 6:20 PM

    Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And,...

  • American Woman - Part II

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

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  • 2017 PRO Chess League - Alex King's Picks for Week 2!

    Welcome back to the blog of National Master Alex King, where I predict each week's PRO Chess League results! Last week (

  • Rook and Pawn Ending--Keep Rook Active

    Last Tuesday, I finally got to play an OTB game with much higher-rated opponent. I still don't really know any openings--I can get through a few moves of a Ruy Lopez as White and a few moves of a French Defense...

  • Underpromotion

    Hello. This is a post showing the benefits of underpromoting to a minor piece or rook, rather than queening. Some examples of this are below:     If you have any other examples, post them below   Lukachess21  

  • Never Give Up: Mate with Pawns and a Rook

    This is why I say never give up.     And this is another example of opponent not seeing mate coming up.        

  • Game #9. Anna's Many Pawns...

      but gaining a piece is NOT worth losing a lot of pawns   wow That was pretty bad (frankly)....  my 2nd look glance says the following:   8. f6 not f5 as the f5 just allows the pawns structure to solidify...

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  • Rapport Spoils Brilliancy, Loses To So

    Richard Rapport was on his way to scoring a great win versus Wesley So, but then he blundered away the game. In round three of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Sergey Karjakin and Wei Yi...

  • Inspired By Karjakin, Carlsen Gets 1st Tata Steel Win

    Copying Sergey Karjakin's remarkable 6.a3 in the Najdorf, Magnus Carlsen scored a good win today versus Radoslaw Wojtaszek in round two of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Pentala Harikrishna won...

  • Eljanov Starts With Sole Lead In Tata Steel

    Pavel Eljanov was the sole winner in the masters section of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament as he downed the always creative Richard Rapport with the white pieces after an exchange sacrifice gave him smooth...

  • Karjakin Wins World Blitz Championship

    Today Sergey Karjakin won the World Blitz Championship in Doha, Qatar. The Russian grandmaster edged out Magnus Carlsen on tiebreaks after both finished on 16.5/21. Anna Muzychuk scored a double victory...

  • Carlsen, Karjakin Lead World Blitz Champs At Half

    Halfway through the tournament, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are tied for first place at the World Blitz Championship in Doha, Qatar. One month after their match in New York, the two stars are 1.5 points...


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