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  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

  • 7 New Year's Chess Resolutions

    NM SamCopeland Dec 27, 2016, 7:47 AM

    Statistically, just eight percent of people achieve their New Year's resolutions. That doesn't seem so great, but if we all resolve to become grandmasters, maybe eight percent of us can make it.  More...

  • Gems From The 2012 U.S. Championship

    TigerChess Dec 3, 2016, 7:42 AM

    It's an older archive but still worth its weight in gold. Review the best rounds from the memorable 2012 U.S. Championships with GM Eugene Perelshteyn. This tournament exceeded every chess lover's expectations....

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    GM Gserper Oct 15, 2016, 11:50 PM

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The...

  • Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:07 PM

    Target Skill Range: Advanced (Rated 1800-1999) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Expand your Knowledge of Common Structures and Plans Learn...

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  • January Open Tournament Game Review

    TheChessPlayingCoder Feb 19, 2017, 10:08 PM

    Open Tournament Round 1 - Time Control 65/65 Admittedly I was a bit nervous playing in the first round as I had not played in a while.  And right out of the opening I got a small surprise.  After Black's second...

  • Cracking 2000 (USCF): my point d'appui

    Milliern Feb 19, 2017, 9:39 AM

    I’m a little shocked by my recent USCF rating progress.  It’s already been a great past 12 months (2 wins vs NMs in blitz, 1 draw vs a NM in rapid, and a win and a draw vs NMs in the standard control, and one unrated...

  • The Fighting Dragon: Book Review

    Ziryab Feb 14, 2017, 9:37 AM

    The Fighting Dragon   A Book ReviewThe Fighting Dragon: How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack (Boston: Mongoose Press, 2016) by Paul Powell is not a repertoire book. It does offer suggestions to meet White's normal...

  • January 2017 in Review

    TheChessPlayingCoder Jan 31, 2017, 8:24 AM

    There are periods in my life I would much rather forget.  I would categorize late 2015 to December 2016 as one of those.  Due to unforeseen circumstances far beyond anyone's control, I was engulfed by a toxic blend...

  • 2017 Goals & Ambitions

    TheChessPlayingCoder Jan 31, 2017, 8:23 AM

    During the past few months I had the opportunity to read what is probably one of the most instructive books available, primarily aimed at chess playing amateurs.  The book provided me with some of the greatest insights...

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  • DANGER UXB

    FideCastro Jan 15, 2017, 10:11 PM

    D Pugh (139)               ½        Ray Collett (145) S Grayland                   0 1       Rob Sutton (127) S Crees                         ½        Phil Smith (108) G Mason                      0 1       Roger...

  • Why Opening Plans Are Important

    gritsnflies Jan 14, 2017, 8:51 AM

    I have tried to stress the importance of having an opening plan. Here is a great example why a plan and a little tactical know-how is important.  Saturday morning, I sat down and played a few games. Lately, I have...

  • Chess Study Plans

    RussBell Jan 1, 2017, 1:14 PM

    Chess Study Plans....chess.com staff article.... https://www.chess.com/article/view/study-plan-directory https://www.chess.com/article/view/master-path-study-plan-the-opening-1

  • PM Netanyahu meets with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev Featured

    B1J2 Dec 28, 2016, 10:48 AM

    I view our relations with Kazakhstan as being part of the great change that the world is waiting for; not the forces of intolerance, the forces of tyranny, the forces of terror but the forces of progress and of...

  • Fastest way to Improve / Reviewing your own Games

    AdventHoly Dec 1, 2016, 8:50 AM

    Hey SMI,  This week I wanted to repost a few thoughts on reviewing your own games from Chess.com Study Plan. Using a computer can be helpful, but if you do not know why a computer made the move, then it can actually...

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