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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


    Great news. Congratulations to both sites!

  • 23 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    LOL @platolag... No other acquisitions on the horizon... right now anyway...

    Kidding, Wink we are happy with where we are at, SO excited to have Peter "on board" and looking to drive into the future with better coverage and features for the "professional chess community". Mike, Peter and the ChessVibes acquisition were a big part of our plans!

    Glad to see so many positive responses!

    Chess.com Community - please welcome the ChessVibes community with open arms!

    So exciting!

    *giggles like a little school girl* Tongue Out



  • 23 months ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Nice move! Wink

  • 23 months ago


    Such an acqusition was expected... but chessvibes wow!  Picks up the crystal ball Chessgames.com you are next!

  • 23 months ago


    Awesome! One of my biggest complaints about Chess.com was the lack of broader picture chess coverage. (chess.com is pretty good on day to day reports of the tournaments, but not much news about tournaments as a whole.) And lots of other aspects that I've been getting from chessvibes, I'm excited to see this merging happening.

  • 23 months ago

    IM Fins0905

    Great move for both sites! This is exciting :)

  • 23 months ago


    I like chess.com and I like chessvibes, but I am not pleased by this news at all. Cry

  • 23 months ago


    Wow! lookin' forward to this!

  • 23 months ago


    Good news all round!

  • 23 months ago


     Congratulations guys! This is great news! Media plays a great role in the growth of any sport. Hope this helps to increase the popularity of chess, especially in the US.

  • 23 months ago


    Great news - looking forward to the coverage of the WCC in November. Thanks!

  • 23 months ago

    FM MikeKlein

    Congrats to Peter, his baby (ChessVibes) and to Chess.com. Looking forward to expanding news, content and other member services!

  • 23 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Would like to say how excited I am about this step for our company. Bringing on both Peter Doggers and Mike Klein is a huge step forward for Chess.com. For my money, the two best chess journalists on the planet!

    The next few months should be exciting for all fans of both ChessVibes and Chesscom.


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