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  • 7 New Year's Chess Resolutions

    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...

  • Master Path Study Plan: The Opening!

    • News
    • Oct 28, 2016, 2:17 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Acquire the knowledge you need to approach the opening with confidence and achieve success! Tasks: Learn About Advanced Opening Preparation Expand Your...

  • Study Plan For Advanced Players: The Opening!

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    • 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...

  • Clash of Champions: Steinitz vs. Lasker

    As we move along in our exploration of the endgames that defined the battles for the world championship, we come to the 1894 match between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz, which took place in New York, Philadelphia,...

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 5): Singing the Middle-aged Blues

    • IM Silman
    • Feb 25, 2014, 1:01 PM

    Before we leap into Part 5 of this 7-part series, I’m going to make one last effort to help the “Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca” people grasp a handful of reality. After you read this, feel...

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  • The Worst Kind of Good Tournament at the Liberty Bell Open

    Some good things certainly happened to me at the Liberty Bell Open, but it was really the worst kind of good tournament I could have.  Not only did I continue to suffer an ailment, I added two other issues that...

  • Finding the Balance Between Study and Play

    That's what seems to be the theme of my blog so far.  I get something intangible out of playing.  It's like some needed outlet--it's the fun that breaks up life's work.  I work, I parent, I clean the apartment,...

  • Days 1-3 of my Journey to Improve

    I'm off to a rough start.  These past few days I have not really been taking chess too seriously.  I'm still wondering if this will be worth it, but I am not doing this for sport, but for the love of the game, which...

  • 10 ways to improve in chess

    There are thousands of the chess tutorials including chess books, DVDs, courses, video lessons, etc. As I often say, it is practically impossible to follow them all to make an improvement in your game. Remember,...

  • SCC Insanity 2016

    The year's-end Insanity tournament is held only rarely, when the stars align, New Years' falls on a weekend, and the TD is willing to stay up all night.  This year's iteration featured three events:  a day-long...

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