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  • The 3-Check Traps You Need To Know's Thumbnail

    The 3-Check Traps You Need To Know

    FM MikeKlein May 9, 2017, 2:41 AM

    You don't play 3-check on the Chess.com live server? That's a shame. I thought we could be friends. Why is the game great? All that opening theory that masters know more about? Yeah, it's all useless. Draws?...

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    Links to the Past III

    batgirl Apr 26, 2017, 11:44 AM

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow, becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays...

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    The Queen Of Blunders Takes On Tactics

    louisathomas Apr 19, 2017, 1:22 PM

    In the beginning, tactics were a way to waste time. They were something to do while I was impatient, waiting in line or while water boiled. I had never played chess before, but I had watched my boyfriend play it,...

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  • 12 Nakamura Wins In 20 Minutes!'s Thumbnail

    12 Nakamura Wins In 20 Minutes!

    FM MikeKlein Mar 1, 2015, 6:09 PM

    It’s rapid carnage on the chessboard as Hikaru Nakamura dispatches a dozen opponents more quickly than you’ll believe. FM Mike Klein does his best chess auctioneer impression as he keeps up with...

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    How To Make A Comeback With Devilish Traps!

    FM MikeKlein Dec 5, 2014, 2:49 PM

    Do you want to see one of the worst games FM Mike Klein has ever played? FM Klein shows you some bad chess — but hopes you learn from it — in this lesson on how to make a comeback with tricky traps. Making...

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    How to Learn Openings, Part 2

    FM MusicCityMaster Aug 25, 2014, 12:01 PM

    How does Bobby Fischer’s Yugoslav attack compare to a modern game between two super GMs? FM Todd Andrews shows you the similarities and differences between the Fischer game from part one and a more recent instructive...

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    Intro to Open Games Part 1

    Win_Like_McEntee May 21, 2017, 11:37 PM

    Open Games begin with 1. e4 e5. There are many sharp lines that may arise. While white is in the driver seat being half a move up in a symmetrical position, black has many fighting chances as well. There are lots...

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    Intro to Specific Chess Openings

    Win_Like_McEntee May 20, 2017, 5:02 PM

    It's important for an improving player below 2000 to remember that the key to doing well in the opening is remaining alert, watching out for tactics (while spotting errors made by the opponent) and quickly developing...

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    After a Bad Start, the Tide of Battle Turns

    Coronus Apr 30, 2017, 1:31 PM

    As Black facing a 1688-rated opponent, I lost my Queen's Rook within a few moves and found my King exposed on the front line, all hopes of castling gone. I berated myself for my stupidity and poor grasp of simple...

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