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  • How To Get Good At Chess

    CHESScom Mar 10, 2017, 11:01 PM

    Millions of people around the world play chess regularly—but how do you become good at chess? 1. Define what “good at chess" means. To some people, being “good” means they can beat...

  • 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...

  • Advanced Patterns: Pin And Win

    GM Gserper Oct 21, 2016, 1:21 PM

    In our last article, we discussed the importance of typical chess patterns using a pin as an example. As you become proficient in recognizing chess patterns, you'll see them everywhere! Suddenly you'll...

  • 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...

  • Master Path Study Plan: Tactics!

    News Oct 28, 2016, 2:16 PM

    Target Skill Range: Master Path (Rated 2000-2199) Tasks: Solve tactics, tactics, tactics, and ... tactics! Solve studies. Practice calculation. Play blindfold chess. Complete these tactics-themed lessons. You...

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  • Studying Chess - My Recommendations

    MiddlegamerUmesh Mar 25, 2017, 7:20 AM

                  People often do not know how to study chess and proceed with their training.I've once been in such a situation too.I've worked a lot to improve my chess but then in my experience, I learnt a good way...

  • Resources for Improving at Chess using Online Materials.

    FM Boorchess Mar 24, 2017, 1:21 PM

    Chess Friends!   Many parents and students ask me about good resources for chess practice and self learning. Of course we can be quite overloaded by so many choices and options so I thought I would compile a list...

  • Chess puzzles

    monkeyl10 Feb 15, 2017, 4:21 PM

    We all love checkmate puzzles!!!  Yes, that was mate. If you didn't see it, well... practice more!!! The Tactics Trainer is good for practice, but there is one thing that bugs me a LOT: I mean, don't mislead...

  • The quest for Class C OTB

    captblunderbuss Feb 14, 2017, 2:34 PM

    Starting playing in some local tournaments with a long term goal of being > 1399 OTB.   Current rating as of the last supplement is 1199, but should bump to a whopping 1229 here in Feb.    Last Saturday I ended...

  • My Arrival!

    LeutnantSchweinehund Feb 10, 2017, 12:18 PM

    What an exhausting journey...   After hours upon hours of (not so) relentless training, I have finally gathered the courage to join the site! You would not believe how nervous I am, playing chess, especially so...

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