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  • How To Learn From The Best's Thumbnail

    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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    Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

    IM Silman Feb 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

    This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess...

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    How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

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    Carlsen-Ding Biggest Champions Showdown Win

    PeterDoggers Nov 15, 2017, 3:35 AM

    By scoring 8.5-3.5 on the final day, Magnus Carlsen beat Ding Liren 67-25 which was the biggest margin of all four Champions Showdown matches in St. Louis. Carlsen won $60,000 (€50,800) for his win, and Ding...

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    Luck Of The Draw Results In A Win For Caruana Over Kramnik

    FM MikeKlein Sep 24, 2017, 2:24 AM

    On an island where the largest employer is a poker company, an element of pure chance helped shape the opening round of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International. On the eve of round one, the top eight players...

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    Hou Yifan Scores Historic Victory In Biel

    NM SamCopeland Aug 2, 2017, 9:33 AM

    Eight months in, Hou Yifan is celebrating her apex in a tumultuous 2017. She began the year with a controversial low; intentionally throwing a game in the Gibraltar Chess Festival to protest the statistically unlikely...

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  • Evaluation and Planning! - Part 13's Thumbnail

    Evaluation and Planning! - Part 13

    GM GMMelik Jul 27, 2014, 8:44 PM

    The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why...

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    The Classical Dutch - Part 2

    GM Ginger_GM Jun 27, 2014, 9:02 AM

    GM Simon Williams, one of the most frequent practitioners of the Dutch Defense, shows why it isn't the opening's fault that he is 0-3 against GM Alexei Shirov. Today the plan of ...Ne4 and the importance of ...e5...

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    US Women's Championship Part 2: Melekhina vs Zenyuk, Rossolimo Gambit

    FM Alisa_Melekhina Jun 10, 2014, 2:26 PM

    FM Melekhina admits to resorting to trickery when she must, but she's most proud of this "clean win" against a woman she's struggled against, WIM Iryna Zenyuk. By understanding the main themes of a pawn sacrifice...

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    The Secret of Chess?

    GM smurfo Dec 2, 2017, 8:37 PM

    A couple of months ago, I received a curious email:   Hello, Mr. Smerdon, I recently published an innovative book on chess knowledge/evaluation, 'The Secret of Chess'.  It is written very much in...

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    Did Ding Liren played the game of the Year

    Pal2855 Nov 22, 2017, 4:55 AM

    Besides all the action at the European Team Championship, some more top grandmasters are active this week, in the Chinese League. Yesterday World Cup runner-up Ding Liren played a mesmerizing game of the kind that...

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    Making room for chess

    Blunderprone Nov 4, 2017, 2:40 PM

    Two years slipped by and it feels like yesterday. Let’s see, since my last post more “life stuff” happened. My other parent was in her last chapter, I changed jobs, kids got married, and lots of...

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