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  • Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?'s Thumbnail

    Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

    IM Silman Nov 22, 2017, 6:59 PM

    The Chess.com member LittlePawn988 wrote: Something really bugs me. I often hear players, of every level, talking about the strength of masters of the past and sometimes I find them really arrogant and disrespectful....

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    Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

    IM Silman Nov 17, 2017, 12:36 AM

    The Chess.com member grepschrop wrote: “Some players told me that it’s not important to know the names of mating patterns. My experience with kids is contrary. What is your opinion?” SILMAN: Though...

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    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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    Carlsen-Anand: Prediction Time!

    PeterDoggers Nov 6, 2014, 12:41 AM

    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...

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    2012 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    SonofPearl Jan 4, 2013, 6:13 AM

    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...

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    IM dpruess May 8, 2011, 9:18 PM

    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,...

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    Devilishly Difficult Puzzles

    IM Keaton87 May 31, 2015, 7:47 AM

    Chess puzzles are a hot topic lately. IM Rensch is solving them in marathon sessions, IM Silman is writing about them (see related links), and IM Keaton Kiewra is asking you to solve some of the hardest chess problems...

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    Lessons on Positional Play: Part 1

    GM kaidanov May 16, 2013, 7:52 PM

    The ever-modest GM Gregory Kaidanov begins his video series on positional play with, what else, a loss! He builds an attacking position despite playing against the isolated queen pawn, but loses his initiative when...

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    Endgame: Rook vs 1 (or 2) pawns

    dangerdog123 Nov 18, 2017, 7:46 AM

    Evening folks! Recently I started studying Silman's complete endgame course and saw something interesting on page 77. A match between Leko-Kramnik where the following position arose:   Even though black was a...

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    The Square of the Pawn, Part 1

    Gaedel123 Nov 14, 2017, 9:25 PM

    When an enemy pawn is trying to outrace your King down the board, it’s always nice to be able to see with a glance if you (or your opponent) can draw. Sadly, most players feel that they must do the old “he goes...

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    Practical Chess Endgames vol5

    slobodan007 Nov 5, 2017, 11:25 PM

    See example 1: And black is losted.   New example: You see.Here is example.  You can find more here or on google. I suggest book by Jeremy Silman ''Silman's complete endgames course:Form beniger to Master. You...

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