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  • How Can An Expert Become A Master?'s Thumbnail

    How Can An Expert Become A Master?

    IM Silman Dec 7, 2017, 9:43 PM

    The Chess.com member Animaul7 (his real name is Anthony Maulucci) wrote: I’m a 16-year-old who has been stuck at an expert rating for some time now, which I know is pretty normal. One question I have for...

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    How To Learn From The Best

    GM Gserper Nov 11, 2017, 7:33 PM

    In one of my recent articles we analyzed the games of Rudolf Pitschak. As one of the readers correctly pointed out, he wasn't the best player in the world. Actually quite far from that! And yet we could learn something...

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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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    Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match

    FM MikeKlein Dec 6, 2017, 12:50 PM

    Chess changed forever today. And maybe the rest of the world did, too. A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero...

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    Naked Chess, Snoop Dogg, And Best Chess Ad Ever

    FM MikeKlein Nov 21, 2017, 1:50 PM

    In this month's "In Other News" mashup, we ask if you would play naked chess? Rapper Snoop Dogg asks why the world isn't woke to a girls chess team? And make sure to read until the end for a remembrance of a national...

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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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    IM Danny Kopec's Best Game

    FM MikeKlein Jul 2, 2016, 9:39 AM

    IM Danny Kopec was for decades a beloved and respected teacher and player in the U.S. chess community. Chess.com's Mike Klein honors his death in 2016 by presenting his self-titled Kopec system in the Sicilian and...

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    The King's Indian Defense: Smashing The Saemisch

    GM Rabachess Jan 23, 2016, 2:56 PM

    Your favorite chess openings teacher is back with another lesson on a system everyone needs to know — the King’s Indian Defense. GM Rashad Babaev shows you three more important types of centers in the King’s...

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    How To Play A Chess Teacher

    IM Keaton87 Dec 21, 2015, 4:16 PM

    Everyone knows you can learn from a chess teacher, but how do you play against one? IM Keaton Kiewra has the answer in his latest video lesson. Learn how Kiewra played a well-known and active chess coach in...

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    A Hard Fall

    WCM mkkuhner Dec 10, 2017, 2:49 PM

    I haven't written a blog entry since the Seattle Classic.  This one will focus more on chess-readiness than the actual games; I hope to get back to normal entries for the November Quad and December Masters tournaments. Fall...

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    How I began playing chess

    Chess_Monsoon Nov 12, 2017, 1:32 PM

    I began playing chess in the winter of 2016. I have a teacher named Mr. Robinson who is a strong chess player, he asked if I knew how to play chess and I said "no I know about it, but I have no idea how the pieces...

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    Southern Cross University - High School Invitational 2017

    SCU_Chess_Club Nov 9, 2017, 8:31 PM

    Zachary Taylor of St John's College Woodlawn holds the perpetual plague as the 2017 chess champion at the 5th annual High School Invitational tournament held at Southern Cross University. Isaac Wood (left) took...

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