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  • How two Icelandic DJ's saved my life

    For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland – not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the country’s hospitality and natural wonders. Last year, I didn’t have enough time to see any glac... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 1

    For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... | Read More

  • The Queen of Chess

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady chess player.  Part of the p... | Read More

  • Balanced Imbalance

    In this week's edition of my "Without the Lady" column, I will be showing an interesting game I played last year against the young Filipino GM Wesley So. Despite the early exchange of queens, the game was razor-sharp - imbalanced in terms of struc... | Read More

  • He Learned Directly from God, pt 4

    In January 1963, Bobby again won the U.S Championship, with 8 of 11.  In this championship, he lost a game to Edmar Mednis, his first ever loss in U.S. championship history. He started with only 2 points from 4 games, but winning the game in the... | Read More

  • A Traveling Chess Player, Part 1

    In this three part series, IM Bryan Smith describes his trip to Europe in search of a better life as a chess player.   Hi, my name is Bryan Smith. I am an international master who grew up in Alaska. I have been writing for Chess.com&rsquo... | Read More

  • Great Tournaments of the Past- New York 1924

    Nowadays chess sponsorship seems to be in crisis and many strong tournaments are being cancelled. However, some of those glorious events that put our sport in the spotlight will live forever. There are various reasons for this phenomenon: one of t... | Read More

  • Planning Your Tournament Schedule

    Originally my column has been titled “Preparing for international competition,” so today I decided to be more to-the-point and cover one of the most important topics in this field – planning one’s tournament schedule. Choosing where and... | Read More

  • Bill Addison (1933-2008)

    A few weeks ago, Joanne Addison, widow of International Master Bill Addison, saw an article I wrote at chess.com about players that quit chess.  I used a statement that Pal Benko wrote in his autobiography that wasn't quite true, and Joanne corre... | Read More

  • The World Verse

    There have been a few challenge matches in the past that test the solitary genius of one exceptional person against the wisdom of the masses. In these "World v. X" matches, "The World" always comes upon its move by voting: every individual who wis... | Read More

  • Fischer Time Controls

    On Chess Clocks…   Howard Staunton proclaimed himself the Chess Champion of the world.   He ran British chess and also a regular newspaper column.   He used this to ward off defeat by Paul Morphy after two consultation games, isolating th... | Read More

  • Tug-of-war over Fischer's fortune

    This article was taken from http://pinoychess.informe.com/ with the permission from the author. Comments are accepted. Tug-of-war over Fischer's fortune by Frank “Boy” Pestaño AFTER disappearing mysteriously for about ... | Read More

  • BOBBY FISCHER VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD

    Iceland Follies BOBBY FISCHER VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD One squally night two years ago, just when it seemed that Bobby Fischer was finally going to board a jet for Reykjavik, Iceland, when it looked as... | Read More

  • A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma 1

    A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma   On the day he won the world chess championship [August 31, 1972], Bobby Fischer posed by an Icelandic hot spring, enveloped in its vapors and a native blanket. Since then he ha... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer 1961-1970

    Fischer 1961-1970 1961 Rehevsky match Implications and Drama The play was abandoned because of a dispute indirectly created by Rehevsky's refusal to play on the Jewish ... | Read More

  • Stamps and Chess

    On July 6, 1919 the German city of Sorup-in-Angeln issued paper money with a chess motif. It had a chess table with a woman seated. Paper money replaced coins, which became rare in Germany since metal was being used for armaments. In mid-1921 Str... | Read More