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  • SCL Slow Live Event

    Our first live club tournament was a success! (Watch for more info on results later.) What a great new feature on! Now join us for our next event.   Join us Saturday, October 1 at 13:00 League Time / New York for our our next live cl... | Read More

    • SirIvanhoe
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Bishop Pair Archery

    I like to describe the Bishop pair to students by using the analogy of a Bow and Archer.  A Bishop pair in full flight has either both Bishops cutting across one side of the board (as per my game below) or in a cross fire. I was very proud to o... | Read More

  • No Country for Old Bishops

    The way my opponent's Bishops stayed on e8 and f8 reminded me of the movie "No Country for Old Men". In the heat of attack, I'm afraid these Black Bishops were nowhere in sight. Somewhat has the appearance of a Chess960 setup.   In this miniatu... | Read More

  • Do Chess Openings Matter?

    Not a day goes by during which someone on the /r/chess subreddit or the forums doesn't ask about openings. Some of these common questions include: 1. What openings should I play (in bullet)? 2. Is this opening any good? 3. What are t... | Read More

  • An Important Trick To Know

    This doesn't happen too often, but you'll be pretty mad at yourself if you miss this in one of your games, so here's some practice | Read More

    • NM ih8sens
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Test Everything: Hold On To That Which Is Good

    by HJS "Test everything. Hold on to the good," wrote the veteran and world-traveler, Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, in a letter to the Thessalonians. They were well aware of the scam that left people empty, hurting and broke. Most letters tha... | Read More

    • JD-ex
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Starting

    I just joined Chess UIL at my school. Not knowing how to play, my teacher lead me here to Miraculously I learned how to play in less than an hour and now I am practical pro.   Thank-you For helping me help my school | Read More

    • Jessamboa
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • L'attaque Max Lange

    L'attaque Max Lange survient comme suit :      Revenons d'abord au 4ème coup des noirs, 4. ... exd4, et examinons deux mauvais coups :   4. ... Cxe4?     4. ... Cxd4?     Une dernière variante avant de rentrer à proprement pa... | Read More

    • nollierp
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Pintor, D (Clifton E) 1-0 Benin, K (Harambee), Bristol League – 4rd Div, 2016.09.29

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    • ophintor
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • My way or software way?

    Autum tournament round 1 just begun this week and I got an old opponent against me. Christer is easy too take for an easy win and I had my share of sad defeats and draws against him. So I was prepared to keeping an eye on his traps and draw attemp... | Read More

  • Tal Memorial 2016 - Round 3

    The pattern continues, 3 decisive games in Round 3, after 2 in Round 2 and 1 in Round 1! A strange loss by Kramnik against Nepo from a clearly equal position. Mamedyarov demolished Gelfand while Giri ground down Tomashevsky in a typical Carlsen-s... | Read More

  • Blitz Chess #372: Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation

    This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation. With the exchange variation comes an important responsibility, namely great care of the light squares since white is withou... | Read More

  • SCL Rapid Live Event

    Join us tonight for our first test of Live Tournaments on the Live Server. We'll begin at 19:00 League Time / New York. Tonight's tournament will be an SCL Rapid Live event with 3 rounds of G/25+10.   You must be a member of the Slo... | Read More

    • SirIvanhoe
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • ㅇㅂㅇ

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  • Does Playing Chess Make You Smarter?

    Chess has evolved into a well-loved strategy game among people of all ages since it was first played in Afghanistan back in 600 AD.  Since the very nature of the game calls for mental acuity and perceptiveness among many other skills, a person’... | Read More

    • Casiochess
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Mate in 4 moves

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    • zlotnik
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Knowledge is Power!

    In chess, a little knowledge goes a long way. Recognizing the opportunity for a thematic combination, knowing the key move in your favorite opening and being aware of the winning technique in an endgame is enough to win you games on its own. This... | Read More

  • How to install ChessBase Reader (freeware) in Mac OS

    I have just upgraded Mac to macOS Sierra and all this is still working. 1. You will need brew - download it at 2. Follow the step by step instruction at to install wine 3. Downl... | Read More

    • timothyha
    • | Sep 29, 2016
  • Finally a Smooth Caro-Kann

    After last week's crazyfest with Finn, I was fortunate to catch a break. In fact I was completely exhausted (school stuff...) so I was really hoping the game didn't go too long. My opponent gave me some trouble in the past, but playing Black for... | Read More

  • II Torneio Israel Badin

    This event was held on the last Sunday of semtrembro 25, 2016, was attended by 60 chess players.In one of my matches I faced Roberta Menezes in 2029.Win this match against a great chess player conquistense. | Read More

  • Todays Chess

    Greetings                        I returned to Chess 3 years ago this November, and for once I stuck with it. I play music professionally and had to make a career choice when I was around 18.   I have stayed with music, occasionally ... | Read More

    • Santero13
    • | Sep 28, 2016
  • I Will Solve Your Time Trouble Woes

    Hey, Here's an exercise for y'all. List out the last 10 tournament games you played. Out of those 10 games, how many of those games did time trouble affect the quality of the moves you played? I think for a lot of people that answer wi... | Read More

    • NM Flicflac
    • | Sep 28, 2016
  • How Could He Do It?

    by HJS Thomas Lewis Turner was well-liked and respected. He mentored young people and had encouraging words for those who were down. He and his family were in a church every Sunday. "The Turners were the personification of a perfect family - lovi... | Read More

    • JD-ex
    • | Sep 28, 2016
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  • Learn Pafu's Beginner's Game - Empty Centers and Initiative: Games #7-8

    (This post is part of a series on The Beginner's Game, an opening system by Pafu. It is written by Christopher Huff.) A series of posts will follow containing two featured games played by the inventor of the system, including Pafu's own commentar... | Read More

    • chuff
    • | Sep 28, 2016
  • Chess Services Offered to Members

    Hello fans!You may know by now that I have been actively uploading puzzles and advertising my FREE simuls (September 30, October 7, October 14) for all of you!   I hope that all of you who have participated have liked my simuls so far... | Read More