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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...

  • 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...

  • The Trickiest Knight Moves Ever

    GM Gserper Jun 25, 2016, 12:56 AM

    Today, we continue our investigation (started in this article) of the weirdest, funniest and trickiest moves ever played. This time, we'll talk about knight moves. To tell you the truth, I thought knights...

  • When A Game Is Many Games

    IM Silman Jun 21, 2016, 3:31 AM

    The Chess.com member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo,...

  • Chess Patterns Are For Everyone

    IM Silman May 13, 2016, 2:45 AM

    I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master,...

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  • My beautiful chekmates.

    Osokor Mar 1, 2017, 10:04 AM

    1. Smothered mate. Mistakes from both sides, but hency final: http://www.chess.com/live/game/1975844474  Exellent moves White-Black 18:12 2. Inneaccuracy fron Black http://www.chess.com/live/game/1985740011 3. Blunder...

  • Five (5) Ways Stronger Players Insult Weaker Players (Without Making it Obvious)

    xbugsxbunny Jan 11, 2017, 9:10 PM

    1. They don't want to waste time and would rather mingle with players stronger than them or equally strong as them. They will simply refuse to play with weaklings and say excuses such as "I don't feel like playing...

  • My First Smothered Mate

    KholmovDM Jan 4, 2017, 7:18 AM

    This was an online game that I played in March, 2016 in Yelets, Russia.  I was experimenting with the Danish Gambit at the time, as I was just learning how important the bishop pair can be in open games.  Both my...

  • Weak and Strong Pieces in Bughouse

    Sorsi Nov 26, 2016, 11:11 AM

    In this post, I am going to talk about pieces values in different situations. Most players are already familiar with the often-used piece values in bughouse: N/B/R = 2 pawns Q = 4 pawns As in orthodox chess, these...

  • Crazyhouse: Revitalizing the Romance in Chess

    croskie Nov 17, 2016, 3:14 PM

    While it’s true in today’s chess climate that high level tournaments exhibit more fighting chess than has been seen in recent decades (and thank goodness for that!), it’s impossible to ignore the larger trend in...

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  • Chess Week - Overview

    Atomic_Rift Feb 16, 2017, 5:15 PM

    Hello ARC! Atomic_Rift here and today I want to tell you about the upcoming "Chess Week" as I call it. As an online chess club and as your leader, I feel that it is my duty to provide for you not just Team Matches...

  • Smothered mate

    64GadoliniumTerbium Jan 2, 2016, 11:40 AM

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • DAILY PUZZLE 26-2-15

    amoghkannan Feb 25, 2015, 9:31 PM

    Hello everybody, here is today`s DAILY PUZZLE- Tactics involved: Smothered mate.

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