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  • Chess-Playing Machines

         Dr. Richard Eales' great book "Chess: the History of a Game" in part traces the popularity of mostly modern chess through time.  I was chagrined, however, by its minor mention of the Turk in this regard.  Obviously I consider the explo... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket

    Who is the best chess player of all time? Today, World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads Vishy Anand 1.5-0.5 after two games at the world chess championship in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is the 16th classical world chess champion — mor... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Topalov vs Kramnik

    So far, I have only been covering the world championship matches where the title actually changed hands. However, since this series has turned into not just a look at the instructive and beautiful endgames played at the highest level of chess, b... | Read More

    • Just saving this printscreen in case he deleats it from my wall

      Ive wrote to and reported him but i want their answer and see what they say about him before i ban this guy. I wish they remove his account because if he writes s*** like this to me than he does it to others. I think he has no place on t... | Read More

    • History of CM

      Magnus Carlsen Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (Norwegian: [sʋɛn ˈmɑŋnʉs øːn ˈkɑːɭsn̩] ; born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and... | Read More

    • A Chessplayer's Strengths and Weaknesses

      Chess is fun, in many different ways. When playing blitz, the adrenaline rush can leave the players' hands shaking. Post-mortem analysis with friends not only teaches lessons, it builds comraderie with our fellow players. When we sit quietly at ... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Feb 22, 2015
    • My Chess Books Vol - 5: Winning With Chess Psychology by Pal Benko and Burt Hochberg

      I got this book for $1.00. I did not have much time to go through it yet. Nevertheless it is clear that this book apart from featuring some interesting games features some interesting anecdotes and pointers that don't pertain as much to chess theo... | Read More

      • Avro1000
      • | Feb 21, 2015
    • What a joke

      This article may portray me as a vindictive person. I take the risk consciously; because, it is a fact that sometimes we are really vindictive. Actually this website facilitates a special sort of socialization around the globe. I enjoy this op... | Read More

      • achintyads
      • | Feb 17, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Selenus, Gustavus

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    Gustavus Selenius (1579-1666) was the author of Das Schach-oder Konig-Spiel (Chess or King-play), the earliest detailed account of living chess and the earliest German chess book, in 1616.  Gustavus Selenius was the pseudonym for August ... Read More »

  • Salvio, Alessandro

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    Alessandro Salvio (1570-1640) was a chess author from Naples, doctor, and best chess analyst of his time.  He defeated Paolo Boi in 1598 (who died three days later) and Geronimo Cascio in 1606.  He was unofficial world chess champio... Read More »

  • Fine, Reuben

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    Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a U.S. Grandmaster (1950) and one of the best chessplayers in the U.S. in the 1930s.  He took first place in 23 of the 27 important events in his chess career.  During World War II he was employed by the Navy ... Read More »