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  • American Woman - Part IV

    batgirl Feb 1, 2017, 11:15 AM

      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...

  • 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...

  • Game Analysis By Sam Shankland

    TigerChess Dec 3, 2016, 7:48 AM

    In this series, GM Sam Shankland provides in-depth analysis on a series of games played between world-class competitors. There's much to learn from this series. See how grandmasters prepare against an...

  • Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:07 PM

    Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn...

  • Master Path Study Plan: Strategy

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:15 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Learn the following master-level pawn structures. Master the art of maneuvering. Learn to use your pawns actively. Study the exploitation of pawn...

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  • (Blog 1) How to *UNDERSTAND* Everything in a Chess Game - General Summary

    Cherub_Enjel Feb 16, 2017, 12:27 AM

    *I am periodically editing this post! A lot of people have said it's pretty decent, so I will try to make it more thorough*   So, I decided to create a blog, and there's nothing better to write about in the first...

  • The quest for Class C OTB

    captblunderbuss Feb 14, 2017, 2:34 PM

    Starting playing in some local tournaments with a long term goal of being > 1399 OTB.   Current rating as of the last supplement is 1199, but should bump to a whopping 1229 here in Feb.    Last Saturday I ended...

  • The Fighting Dragon: Book Review

    Ziryab Feb 14, 2017, 9:37 AM

    The Fighting Dragon   A Book ReviewThe Fighting Dragon: How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack (Boston: Mongoose Press, 2016) by Paul Powell is not a repertoire book. It does offer suggestions to meet White's normal...

  • A very interesting idea vs the 2...d6 Sicilian

    IM JRgascon Jan 30, 2017, 6:44 AM

                        A very interesting idea vs the 2...d6 Sicilian IM Jose Gascón 2483 FIDE Hi everyone, i...

  • Bishops and Knights

    intellectualsman Jan 27, 2017, 3:30 AM

    Though these 2 minor pieces have been long acknowledged to be equal in power, it has been found that bishops are marginally stronger as they can control large parts of the board at a time. Despite this, both the...

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