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    Serendipity: An Unforeseen Friendship

    Pia_swe Oct 16, 2017, 12:54 PM

    "Do you know who that is"? whispered the tournament leader and nodded toward the door where an elderly man in jacket, black shirt and purple tie slowly with the support of his cane of copper came into the room and...

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    How Can Older Players Improve?

    IM Silman Oct 12, 2017, 1:39 AM

    IMPROVEMENT FOR OLD PLAYERS The Chess.com member jayzorac wrote: I have a question for you. Do you think “older” players can still improve to expert and master level?  SILMAN: Mr. jayzorac...

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    Havana '66

    batgirl Aug 30, 2017, 11:58 AM

         Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba during WWII and again from 1952-1959, backed by the US government as well as by organized crime, enriched himself at the expense of his citizenry. One of...

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    GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017

    FM MikeKlein Oct 13, 2017, 2:17 PM

    [Note: Updated with extensive thoughts from Lombardy's only son Raymond and a personal reflection from Bruce Pandolfini.] GM William Lombardy, an American former world junior champion also made famous for being...

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    Executive Board Asks Ilyumzhinov Not To Run For President

    PeterDoggers Oct 13, 2017, 12:49 PM

    Kirsan Ilyumzhinov seems to have lost further ground inside the World Chess Federation. A non-binding motion asking him not to run for FIDE President in 2018 was passed by the FIDE Executive Board on Friday in Antalya,...

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    Kovalyov Case Not Admitted By Ethics Commission

    PeterDoggers Oct 11, 2017, 11:23 AM

    FIDE's Ethics Commission has announced that it cannot admit the complaint from the Chess Federation of Canada about the Anton Kovalyov dress code incident at the World Cup due to "a lack of reliable evidence." A...

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    Keeping Up With Melik: Top Defense

    GM GMMelik Feb 22, 2013, 10:11 PM

    Today GM Melik thanks the Chess.com Members for providing him with the needed encouragement and support to keep playing actively and to strive further, and always for improvement! Without that, we would never have...

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    Tactics Do Grow On Strategies 2

    IM dpruess Oct 8, 2010, 8:57 AM

    The power of pressure on an open file... oh what a beautiful thing! IM David Pruess continues his video series describing the way in which tactics support strategy, strategy supports tactics, and so on and so on....

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    White Middle Games

    royalspoil4 Oct 22, 2017, 12:11 PM

    Don't get attached to pawn support Knight if Knight doesn't need it. Take free pawns!   Remember to keep Queen as active as possible, not to tie up a piece with already limited scope.   Again, don't overestimate...

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    Everything Openings #2: Practicality and the Caro-Kann

    chesster3145 Oct 21, 2017, 9:02 PM

        Hello and welcome to Everything Openings #2! Though the general topic is the same, this post could not be more different from last week's. Whereas last week we were treated to a violent opening...

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    SCC September Quads

    RookSacrifice Oct 17, 2017, 3:45 PM

    Two weeks after Oregon Open, I played in the SCC Quads. The people in my section were Owen Xuan, Federico Garcia, and Addison Lee. Round 1 In this game, I knew the structure with c5 favored me, but I wasn't sure...

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