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Chess.com to Acquire ChessVibes

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/3/13, 9:52 AM.

Amsterdam, October 3rd, 2013 — Chess.com today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ChessVibes.com, the leading website for chess news. The agreement combines the strengths of Chess.com, the number #1 online chess community with almost 8 million members, and ChessVibes, known for its quality coverage of top tournaments. Peter Doggers, owner and CEO of ChessVibes, will join Chess.com full-time, effective immediately.

“Peter has done a fantastic job with top-notch chess coverage,” said Erik Allebest, CEO of Chess.com. “Chess.com and ChessVibes share a passion for serving our members, and while we have focused on playing and learning tools, ChessVibes is synonymous with quality chess journalism. We look forward to bringing the two companies together to provide the best service to chess fans of all levels.”

“By teaming up with the leading global chess platform, ChessVibes is able to leverage Chess.com's impressive userbase and resources to enhance its presence and impact a larger audience,” said Peter Doggers, owner/CEO of ChessVibes. “I am pleased to be able to work as a chess journalist on the biggest chess website around.”

ChessVibes.com will continue to exist for several months while its archive of content is transferred to Chess.com. ChessVibes' two digital, subscription based magazines - ChessVibes Openings (CVO) and ChessVibes Training (CVT) – as well as many of the regular content contributors to ChessVibes.com will “find new homes” contributing to Chess.com's newly launched Master's Bulletin (the potential replacement for CVO and CVT) as well as contributions to Articles and Courses. Subscribers to CVO and CVT will be compensated in the form of Chess.com Premium Memberships and/or subscriptions to Chess.com's Master's Bulletin.

Peter Doggers, owner/CEO of ChessVibes will start working full time for Chess.com. Together with Mike Klein, Co-Director of Content, and Daniel Rensch, Vice President of Content & Professional Relations, he will focus on content creation, product and content management, as well as special projects and tasks related to marketing & professional relations. One of his first official projects for Chess.com will be the coverage of the Anand-Carlsen World Championship match in November in Chennai, India.

Chess.com is the #1 online chess community with almost 8 million members from around the world. Chess.com provides a safe and enjoyable environment where chess players of all skill levels can learn, play, and enjoy the game together. Chess.com was launched in 2007.

ChessVibes.com is the #1 website for chess news and stories. ChessVibes provides daily chess news, videos, columns, reviews, cartoons, puzzles and blogs. It started on February 6th, 2006 as a personal blog. Owner and founder Peter Doggers renamed it “ChessVibes” on January 1st, 2007.

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  • 23 months ago


    Wow! Good news.

  • 23 months ago


    can chess.com buy FIDE please

  • 23 months ago


    wow, its been ages since I visited chessvibes site. Rarely does one hear of a Chess co buying another Chess co!

    Consolidation is good for Chess fans!

    Hope the marriage works out well. Good luck!

  • 23 months ago


    This integration will hopefully make it easier for those of us who wish to follow news on a more timely basis across multiple tournament events around the world.  Coverage on chess.com of such news has been generally spotty and irregular, with few notable exceptions (supertournaments, WCC matches, etc.).

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  • 23 months ago


    An excellent move by Chess.com! Double exclamation mark!

    I do hope this means that the news section from now on will appear on the front page of chess.com, with the increased quality it deserves to!

  • 23 months ago


    Testing...testing...MWahAHAhaHaAhAhaa... =)

    On a serious note, this looks better than I expected. Let´s wait and see.

  • 23 months ago


    Good move!

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  • 23 months ago


    I mean,is chess.com the world biggest chess website?



    700 million people play chess around the world,but only 10000-20000 players online in chess.com.

  • 23 months ago


    Is chess.com the world biggest website?  It has only 7 000~20 000 players online .


    One hour after the supper of China,The Xiangqi of QQgame has about 400 000 players online.

  • 23 months ago


    Sounds like an excellent move. !!, lol. I foresee one day when chess events are covered on National tv as well. I hope, I am around to witness it as well. Good luck guys.

  • 23 months ago


    No longer will I have to go to chessvibes for the best in chess news....chess com's plan for total world domination continues apace....very happy about this. :))

  • 23 months ago


    This is awesome!

  • 23 months ago


    Fantastic news!

  • 23 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    I like Peter's news writeups.  Gr8!

  • 23 months ago

    FM VPA

    Good Luck!Kiss

  • 23 months ago


    This is brilliant and exciting news. I am really looking forward to the future of this venture. One thing is certain: a lot more people are going to be attracted to the world of chess as a consequence. Cool

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