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  • Great Start!

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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014

    "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More

  • Back for more

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  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, March 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Witnessing a historic moment “For the third year in a row I was lucky enough to work at the Reykjavik Open. In the first (lon... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    I cannot tell you, my dear readers, how many times I've had this conversation with my younger students while we analyze their games: "What did you try to accomplish with your last move?" "Nothing!" "Then why did you play it?" "I don't know... | Read More

  • Surprise Me!

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  • Romantic Chess

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  • The Master's Bulletin, February 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes A Sudden Gap Between Big Events After a period chock-full of tournaments (Tata Steel, Gibraltar, Zurich!) suddenly things are quiet... | Read More

  • Swiss Win-Win Clock

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  • Chess Clubs and History

         There have been many chess clubs throughout the history of the game. About some of these we know a lot of details through books, periodicals and newspapers. About others we know practically nothing.  Even some great clubs have left us b... | Read More

  • A Farewell!

    My favorite writer Hemingway, in his excellent "Moveable Feast," wrote about starting a day of writing: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." This advice came to my mind as I neared the time to... | Read More

  • Megamind

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  • The Mandarins of the Yellow Button

      The Order of the Mandarins of the Yellow Button        In the second half of the 19th century, a group of chess players in the Boston area formed a somewhat informal, yet exclusive coterie along the lines of the famous German Pleiades ... | Read More

  • Old Times

         The style of journalistic writing from over a half century ago is somewhat different than that of today, in some ways perhaps a bit harder to read but in other ways more enjoyable. Looking through old "Time" magazines is also enjoyable a... | Read More

  • Pumping Tata Steel

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  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Looking back one more time In the same week that this Bulletin appears, editor Peter Doggers is working from Wijk aan Zee, w... | Read More

  • Death Match 20 - A Family Affair

    For the first time in Death Match history, we may have to ask the wives to leave the room. American GM Yury Shulman and German GM Daniel Fridman are both married to titled chess players, but there won't be any consultation allowed during their mat... | Read More

  • The New Year's Night's Dream

    Last week's column provoked a lot of comments. Most of you enjoyed the humorous puzzles, but some readers had different opinions. Some of them were quite interesting. Like one of the readers wrote: "Seems a bit silly to invent your world with its ... | Read More

  • New Year's Resolutions

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