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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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    Tactics in the King's Gambit

    Addu_Chess Sep 28, 2017, 11:02 PM

              Introduction The King's Gambit is one of the oldest chess openings. It remains popular at the club level, although it is not played often at the very highest levels of chess. It is a very tactical...

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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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