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  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • A Guide To Underpromotion

    The concept of underpromotion epitomizes the beauty of chess. Mathematically speaking, the queen is far and away the most potent force on the board. Yet there are certain situations in which the lady's subordinates are more deserving of reincarnat... | Read More

  • Louis Paulsen II

         I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at Chess.com of which I'll consider this an extension.      Why write more on Louis Paulsen?  I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More

  • Today's Guest

         Below is an article published in several periodicals in late 1900. It appeared just shortly after the death of Wilhelm Steinitz and offers some astute appraisals of the chess players who contributed to the development of chess in the 2nd ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More


    • Re-learning the game

      When I was at school I played chess for my school. I was one of the stronger players at school, but when you go to an all-boys comprehensive school in the London suburbs that's not such a difficult feat. When I went to college and University, oth... | Read More

      • ArkadyE
      • | May 27, 2015
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    • Win Gold Membership

      Here is my second attempt to give someone a month long Gold membership! This time it will be really easy to qualify; simply answer a few questions here in the comments and you will have an entry into the contest. In a nutshell, I enjoy putting out... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 24, 2015
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    • Win a Gold Membership - Trivia

      I came across this while doing research on a game I played. For a chance to win a one-month gold membership, follow the instructions below:   1) Friend me and private Message me with the answer. Do NOT post it here... doing so will results in n... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 16, 2015
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    • You can’t stop the trade machine

      You can’t stop the trade machine by Fareed Zakaria By Fareed ZakariaThursday, May 14, 2015 The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revoluti... | Read More

    • LEGO Star Wars Chess Set

      Please support this project at Lego Ideas! You just need a free account! | Read More


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 »