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    I’m Passionate About Squares

    IM Silman Jun 22, 2017, 1:54 AM

    Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats....

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    Bisguier's Greatest Hits

    IM Silman Jun 1, 2017, 3:02 AM

    Though I played the late, great grandmaster Arthur Bisguier in Canada a long time ago (he beat me), I didn’t really know the man. Photo courtesy US Chess. However, knowing a man is one thing, but knowing...

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    More Lessons From Master Games

    GM Gserper May 20, 2017, 6:37 PM

    Last time, we started to analyze the old game Charousek-Alapin and learned a useful trick that can be used in variety of openings. As a rule, you can learn more than just one idea from a game played by...

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    Giri, So To Face Off Thursday In Speed Chess Match

    PeterDoggers May 23, 2017, 8:51 AM

    A day after the battle between Sergey Karjakin and Georg Meier there's an even higher profile matchup for the 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championhip. World number two Wesley So will be facing world number nine Anish...

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    Aronian New Leader At Grenke

    PeterDoggers Apr 19, 2017, 4:40 PM

    Hou Yifan missed a draw and lost an instructive endgame to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave today at the Grenke Chess Classic. The new leader is Levon Aronian, who won against Matthias Bluebaum. Levon Aronian,...

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    Will This Position Help Understand Human Consciousness?

    PeterDoggers Mar 15, 2017, 7:16 AM

    It's a position computers struggle with, but chess players might solve instantly. Sir Roger Penrose from the Mathematical Institute of Oxford has started a public challenge that involves chess, in order to...

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    Home Cooking Gone Wild With Hikaru Nakamura

    IM DanielRensch Aug 22, 2016, 4:24 AM

    How did GM Hikaru Nakamura smash through GM Ding Liren's defenses in the 2016 Sinquefield Cup? Well, IM Danny Rensch says it's all prep! He's here to show you which lines Nakamura might have have had in mind in...

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    ChessCenter: Does Chess Make You Smarter?

    ChessCenter Jul 29, 2016, 5:12 PM

    Does chess make you or your children smarter? ChessCenter discusses a controversial new study you might not agree with. And stick around for the wrap up from Bilbao, where Magnus Carlsen beat Anish Giri and won...

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    Learn From The Old Masters: Edward Lasker

    GM dbojkov Dec 19, 2015, 2:35 PM

    GM Dejan Bojkov kicks off a fun new lesson on what you can learn from the chess masters of yesteryear. While chess has advanced a great deal in the modern era, there is still much you can learn from the old style...

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    Four Exercises From Polgar’s Chess Middlegames

    IroZobel Jun 24, 2017, 1:49 PM

    Some time ago I did a post on solving four exercises from Panchenko's book. This post is built up the same way, but only with Lazslo Polgar's "Chess Middlegames". Right now, I am aiming to build the backbone of...

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    End Game Thoughts

    TadrodderTots Jun 23, 2017, 7:26 AM

    My initial chess relearning plan has been simple: 1.  Try to not be stupid 2.  See above But simple is not the same thing as easy.I've made a point of not studying openings, but rather trying to remember "Opening...

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    Three Years a Beginner

    sotimely Jun 22, 2017, 8:54 AM

    I just re-read the reflections I wrote after my first year playing chess. I came across it again because, despite it being old and having only two comments, someone made a nice comment on it recently.   Time flies...

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