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Thechessmeister79
Thechessmeister79
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JimmySilman
JimmySilman
Location: California, United States
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Last Online: 6/27/15
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SilmanJ
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  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • If The Board Says ATTACK, Then ATTACK!

    The Chess.com member kergnou said: “Can you take a look at my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Okay, I’m going to review one game that shows many of your weaknesses. However, this game is actually one of the ... | Read More

  • A Shark In A Rating Tank

    The Chess.com member jyuvaraj asks: "I’m a beginner. I wish to improve my game. I’m currently reading the step-by-step method by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. Will that help? What else should I do to improve? I’m also ... | Read More

  • What Is The Initiative?

    The Chess.com member Mornarben wrote: “My question is about the initiative. I seem to be able to play well in the beginning, getting positions with good central control, but [I] never see a good way to launch an attack to seize the initiativ... | Read More


    • A little background before starting to babble about chess

      Hi to everyone (or, most propably, no one) who will ever read my blog, i am Francesco form Italy. I would like to use this bloggin feature nicely offered by chess.com to write a bit about my approach to chess as an amateur, my progress, the views... | Read More

      • BSSN-OK
      • | Aug 29, 2016
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    • Smirnov and his thinking system

      Dear chess friend,   My name is Jaan Ehlvest. I was one of the top tournament player during 1988 till 1991 when I finished the World Cup tournament series only behind Kasparov, Karpov and Salov. Nowadays I am devoted chess coach. I am very few... | Read More

      • Malev212
      • | Aug 22, 2016
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    • Review by a former world number 5 chess player

      First, let me remind you of the amazing special offers we’ve provided you with to celebrate the launch of the course “Winning the Middlegame”.   There is a huge 30% discount on the course, which will be valid until Sunday, 21 August.... | Read More

    • Changes...

      Well, I Just passed my two year 'Chessiversary' (making it two years since I decided to seriously study), and Frankly I'm a little disappointed where I am at... I seem absolutely glued to 1500 rapid, despite working hard on this time control- I h... | Read More

    • Opposition and Outflanking

      Recently I ditched Jesus de Villa's 100 Endgames You Must Know in favor of Mark Dvoretsky's Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (DEM). After getting through 20 of de Villa's 100 endgames, I became disillusioned because of minor sloppiness and lack of th... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Aug 16, 2016
      • | 313 views
      • | 13 comments

  • 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 »