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  • Deja Vu In Endgames

    Do you ever see a chess position and have a strong feeling that you've seen it before? No, I am not talking about opening positions, that you see again and again and again in every single tournament (damn you, the Berlin variation!). And I am no... | Read More

  • The Man with 1000 Names

    Q: What do Leigh Franklin James, Paul Hugo, Paula Little, Paula Minton, Sylvia Sharon, Kenneth Harding, Marie De Jourlet, Lana Preston, Paul H. Little, Jack Warren. D.R. Mason, Hugo Paul, Jack Warren, Dr. Lamb Library, Dr. Guenter Klow, Dorothy D... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part I

          Take a walk with me on the wild side . . . of chess.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       When Tarrasch wrote,  ". . .Sg5 , den ich für einen richtigen Stümperzug halt... | Read More

  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

    • Tuesdays with Kelvin

      This goes out to kco, since he seemed interested in hearing about any chess tips I might have stored up somewhere.  I posted them on a thread in the forums, but have now consolidated them onto this-here blog thingie: 1.  Remember this sort of p... | Read More

    • Prominent Puzzles from the U.S. Championship

      The U.S. Championship has been full of excitement so far. Wesley So has been sacrificing pieces, Ray Robson is in second place with lots of time-trouble escapes, GM Jeffrey Xiong beat GM Gata Kamsky after a schocking blunder in a better position f... | Read More

    • US Women's 2016 Chess Championships

      Chessbase is doing a great job, analyzing and going over the US 2016 Chess Championships. Click here for their latest coverage (as of 04/19/2016). However, running concurrently with the US Chess Championships is the US Women's Championships! IMO ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Apr 19, 2016
    • Doing the zwischenzug twist and shout

      Zwischenzugs in chess can be very exciting things in my view. Here's a fresh game featuring not one but three zwischenzugs ! After the game analyses with Stockfish chess engine showed that I could have won in brilliant style with a line with ...... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 14, 2016
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    • What's the Best Chess Game You Ever Played?

      What is your favorite chess game that you ever played? Please send it to me, because I'm compiling a "Best Games Collection for the Rest of Us" (which is emerging below). The idea initially struck me because I decided to create a page on my web... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Apr 14, 2016

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