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  • Best of Three Sets: Tennis Players Ju and Esserman in Death Match

    In the 1990s, when Pete Sampras dominated Wimbledon, he would sometimes win entire matches without a rally longer than a few hits. Expect the same this Saturday, as two energetic blitz specialists (and talented tennis players) lace up for Death Ma... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 7): The Dark Years

    In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937.  After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... | Read More

  • Expertise in Chess Players

    Learning and mastery of a skill is a complicated process, especially when the endeavor involves the mind. For reasons along this line, psychologists have studied how expert chess players excel. The famous psychologist Alfred Binet once stated, “... | Read More

  • How to Ruin Your Pawn Structure

    "Pawns are the soul of chess." In general, I loathe chess clichés, but some statements are so true, so deep, that they defy the notion of banality. Think about it. An inveterate patron of the Café de la Régence, an eighte... | Read More

  • When a Loser Becomes a Winner, Part Two

    Any chess player who is familiar with the enormous heritage of the great Nimzowitsch should know his "Immortal Zugzwang Game." The last move of the game is a treat for a real chess connoisseur: In his book, Nimzowitsch expressed h... | Read More

    • My Local Games! Tournament - 1. Surat

      Hey Guys! I'm thinking to post my games of the local tourneys in which i have played or going to play. i will make a series of Blog's post which can be never ending as i'm gonna play countless tourney's in future.  Anyways, Today, as it's my fir... | Read More

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      • | Apr 15, 2014
    • Who spread the word about TalonFlame_Fan being GeorgeBlackChess' new account?

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      • Chezee
      • | Apr 14, 2014

      I found this checklist online on steps to follows BEFORE making your move. PRE-MOVE C H E C K L I S T   1.     Material - Always check the material balance before commencing analysis! (The strategic  implications here are very clear. If ... | Read More

      • CHESSUSA39
      • | Apr 14, 2014
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    • How to find suspected cheats in vote chess?

      Here some thoughts and guidenance about how to detect cheats in the vote chess games. Following are mainly applicable for larger teams that have applied plurality-alike voting approaches, i.e. not for majority-consensus-alike voting approaches.1. ... | Read More


      In India, all debit card issuing companies are subjected to RBI(RESERVE BANK OF INDIA), that means, we can use our debit card for online purchase only if the website allows a password and ATM PIN NO.... CHESS.COM.. PLEASE DO FAVOR IN THIS REGARD,... | Read More

      • arunrajeie
      • | Apr 9, 2014
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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 »