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    The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

    GM Gserper Jun 25, 2017, 4:07 AM

    In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations...

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    Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

    IM Silman Dec 29, 2016, 8:11 AM

    I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble...

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    Who Was The Greatest Chess Theorist?

    IM Silman Aug 3, 2016, 9:41 PM

    Axorcist wrote: “My question is this: Who do you consider to be the greatest chess theorist of all time? I have never read a good review on who really had the most influence on the development of knowledge...

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    The Dark Horse Hits European Cinemas

    PeterDoggers May 9, 2015, 9:37 AM

    “Arguably the best-ever chess-themed film,” wrote GM Ian Rogers about The Dark Horse, a film about courage and hope (and chess!) that is currently playing in European cinemas. The Dark Horse (IMDB,...

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    Leaders Challenged In U.S. Championships Openers

    FM MikeKlein Apr 1, 2015, 4:25 PM

    Go ahead and take that vacation; it looks to be an unpredictable two weeks in St. Louis. Some leaders faltered while other top-enders needed reversals of fate, and we're only in round one of the 2015 U.S. Championship...

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    ChessKid Online National Invitational Crowns Five Champions

    FM MikeKlein Jun 12, 2014, 5:52 AM

    The Third Annual ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship took place June 6-8, 2014. The event featured five sections of six players each. It was a round-robin with the time control of G/90 + 30 seconds...

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    Intermediate Checkmates 3

    FM zibbit Jul 23, 2009, 8:02 PM

    FM Johannessen continues his excellent series on mating patterns, covering a variety of smothered mates including Philidor's Legacy. As in previous videos, a great selection of examples reinforces the patterns learned,...

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    Smothered Mate in actual game

    Mainimate Jul 27, 2017, 6:01 PM

    That's how you win in 9 moves!   [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] [ECO ""] [CurrentPosition "rn1qkb1r/pp2pppp/2p2n2/3p1b2/3P4/2NBPN2/PPP2PPP/R1BQK2R...

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    Missing a Smothered Mate

    raync910 Jul 14, 2017, 1:50 PM

    Every day I dutifully review the tactics puzzles on chess.com. The area where I have to improve the most is smothered mate. It’s my lowest score of all 38 tactics. Smothered mate occurs when the enemy king is surrounded...

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    As Carnivorous as a Plant

    raync910 Jun 30, 2017, 1:10 PM

    Although the Venus flytrap is native to only a very limited area of the Carolina coastal plain in the United States, it is a well-known plant in my home state of North Carolina. This plant has delighted school children...

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