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    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Championship)

      The polling is over!   Capablanca won in an upset! He had a 42% chance to beat Kasparov! Thanks for voting!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can he... | Leggi tutto

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Final 4)

      Championship has started March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck compone... | Leggi tutto

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Elite 8)

      FINAL 4 has begun!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck componen... | Leggi tutto

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Sweet 16)

      VOTING CLOSED.  HEAD TO THE ELITE 8.   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit ... | Leggi tutto

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Round of 32)

      Voting has ended for this round. Sweet 16 March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit... | Leggi tutto

    • How to be a Polite Spectator

      A friend and I were recently discussing chess spectator etiquette and how they differ from the arena of Magic The Gathering tournaments.  In Magic tournaments it is considered rude to spectate for a brief period and then leave the table.  Leavin... | Leggi tutto

    • Comp4-ImpossiblyLucky!

      I know there's no luck in chess and my play was responsible for this loss.  I'd still like to petition a name change to Comp4-ImpossiblyLucky because I was crushing it!  Please take a look at the game and suggest some alternative lines or missed... | Leggi tutto

    • Humbled by IM Rendle

      Dropped a piece on more 4, missed a simple mate in 1, lost the game, but had fun.  Enjoy and don't laugh!   Website - Coaching information Twitter - Chess-related tweets | Leggi tutto

    • Bishop + Rook Pawn Ending

      Bishop and rook-pawn endgames can be difficult to win when your bishop is on the opposite color of the pawn's promotion square.  The position below is a theoretical draw.  If you haven't seen it before try finding a way for White to win if Black... | Leggi tutto

    • Exchange Sacrifice in the Caro

      This is a game from the local chess club, and possibly the most exciting of the round!  The time control was G/60 + 30inc and the pairings are made in advance.  The game was a back-n-forth struggle with an exchange sacrifice towards the end.  I... | Leggi tutto