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Thechessmeister79
Thechessmeister79
Location: Torbay, United Kingdom
Joined: 1/11/16
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JimmySilman
JimmySilman
Location: California, United States
Joined: 6/27/15
Last Online: 6/27/15
Points: 6 points
sailor82mel
sailor82mel
Location: Columbus, United States
Joined: 3/29/15
Last Online: 3/29/15
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SilmanJ
SilmanJ
Location: United States
Joined: 2/22/15
Last Online: 3/8/15
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silmanesque
silmanesque
Location: Doncaster, United Kingdom
Joined: 12/24/14
Last Online: 4/25/16
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  • Finding Your Real Weaknesses

    I get a lot of letters from Chess.com members, and though their ratings run the gamut, I do my best to address all ratings as best I can. Today I’ll turn my attention to two players below 1500 : Mr. Prashant1994 and Mr. Rrrtttyyyuuuiii. I&... | Read More

  • Tests: Psychology, Tactics, And Strategy

    Some of my recent articles were about chess psychology and striving to have a balanced skillset. This article (all in puzzle form) lets you test what you’ve learned (or what you thought you already knew). The puzzles can be tactical, po... | Read More

  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • Martin Villemson's Gambit

         Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at below not only go by many names, but the situations, like gambits themselves, can get messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.      The title of this article i... | Read More


    • Review: The Amateur's Mind

      IM Jeremy Silman is a well-known chess author (border line famous, but not quite, as my mother hasn't yet heard of him), best know for his strategy book, How to Reassess Your Chess (now in its fourth edition). The Amateur's Mind (by IM Jeremy Sil... | Read More

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      • | May 22, 2016
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    • Jeremy Silman Bishop VS Knight

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    • Dear Chess Friends, I Seek Your Feedback

      Dear Chess Friends World Wide,   Following my recent participation at a FIDE Trainer Seminar and qualification as a FIDE Trainer, I've been inspired to consider pursuing advertising as a Chess trainer. This is something I want to explore furthe... | Read More

    • Attack Training with Joel

      At the beginning of the year, I set out to achieve an ambitious list of chess goals for 2016. Two of those goals were to continue to improve my attacking play and to develop a new white opening repertoire. In the first few months of the year I d... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | May 13, 2016
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    • Mistakes of "TheBackyardProfessor"

      TheBackyardProfessor (aka Kerry Shirts) is a self-taught "chess master" (as he calls himself; his rating is 800 USCF) who posted on youtube about chess and religous topics. When he was active, he did a great job of turning Jeremy Silman's concepts... | Read More


  • Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    This Saturday the World Championship Match starts in Sochi. Most chess fans think that Magnus Carlsen will keep his title, but what about the experts?  In our first preview we listed the match schedule and basics, and then we gave... | Read More

  • 2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    Many thanks to all the Chess.com members who entered the 2012 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler! There were 18 chess related questions, and a total of 29 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? As always the standard of entries was excelle... | Read More

  • Appreciation

    Dear Chesscom Community -I have some bad news: There is a very good chance that one of our beloved and long-standing Chess.com Columnists will no longer be writing for our site. World renowned chess author, International Master Jeremy Sil... | Read More

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    So how well did you do in the 2009 Chess.com Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? The standard of entries was extremely high, and Chess.com would like to ... | Read More

  • IM Jeremy Silman Joins Chess.com Columnists

    Chess.com is sorry to see IM Andrew Martin move on. His "Your Questions Answered" columns have been extremely good and well-appreciated here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are lucky to welcome another excellent columnist to ... | Read More

Video Lessons



  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »

  • Tactical Devices

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    Hi, this is Chessking47 writing on tactical devices. I guess you know the basic forks, pins, and skewers, but there are more. First of all, the Clearance Sacrifice.  You might love to play a powerful move, but can't because one of your pieces a... Read More »

  • Alekhine's Gun

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    When two rooks are in front of a queen on a file, it is called Alekine's Gun. It is called this because Alekhine used this strategy against Nimzovich in a known game. Idea from "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by IM Jeremy Silman Read More »