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    A Squid Plays Chess

    IM Silman Feb 25, 2016, 1:57 AM

    Chess.com member Squid22 wrote: “I played 5.Nb5 to be obnoxious. It wouldn’t be hard to make this knight move harmless (5...d6, and then I’ve just wasted a move). However, my opponent played...

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    Old Age, Great Chess!

    IM Silman Dec 2, 2015, 11:19 PM

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say...

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    Vladimir Kramnik And The Berlin Defense

    GM BryanSmith Nov 5, 2015, 1:37 AM

    Before the 2000 world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, the latter had been champion since long before I started playing chess. Kasparov dominated the chess world and seemed unbeatable....

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    Komodo Overwhelms Erenburg In Odds Rematch

    NM SamCopeland Jul 19, 2016, 1:52 PM

    In the never-ending saga of Man vs Machine, GM Sergey Erenburg became the first grandmaster to return for a rematch against Komodo when he tackled the beast in a match of two-pawn odds on June 16-17. Erenburg's...

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    Areshchenko Retains Title In Pretty Porticcio

    PeterDoggers Jul 4, 2016, 5:23 AM

    For the second year in a row, Alexander Areshchenko won the Porticcio Open in Corsica, France. The Ukrainian grandmaster edged out six players who also scored 7.0/9. All photos courtesy Corse-Echecs. Say...

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    Komodo Beats Erenburg In Time Odds Match

    NM SamCopeland Jun 27, 2016, 9:09 PM

    You asked for it, and Chess.com delivered! Followers of the Man Vs. Machine matches between Komodo and human grandmasters have long been asking for a match based on time odds. So be it. GM Sergey Erenburg waged...

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    My Memorable Games: Sveshnikov!

    GM GMMelik Aug 21, 2012, 12:39 AM

    GM Khachiyan brings us another game from his personal "most memorable" library! This particular battle against GM Sveshnikov -- the infamous opening expert -- left Melik feeling unsure about playing his "best stuff"....

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    Practical Defense 8

    GM GMMelik Aug 14, 2009, 9:54 AM

    Khachiyan introduces a game with Enrico Sevillano played in 2003. Opening with a sharp Sveshnikov , the position quickly deteriorated for Khachiyan after an overlooked move. Khachiyan knew he would be crushed by...

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    No Risk, No Reward

    blohmoremoney Feb 24, 2017, 1:01 AM

    An absolutely disappointing game by me on the Black side of a Sicilian Sveshnikov. Not so much for the result, but more so I accepted a draw in a position where there was still a lot of fight. Whilst the assessment...

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    Dangers of the d5 Sveshnikov Outpost

    blohmoremoney Feb 23, 2017, 1:44 AM

    Whilst my game on the White side of a Sicilian Sveshnikov isn't very rich with ideas, I think it's illustrative of why Black plays 8. ... b5 to prevent White's Knight from regrouping Na3-c4-e3-d5.    

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    One Piece Stands Badly

    blohmoremoney Dec 21, 2016, 6:01 PM

    The old adage that if one piece stands badly, the whole position stands badly, certainly rang true for my game on the White side of a Sicilian Sveshnikov. I was very impressed with my opponent's (may have been a...

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