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  • Aronian Headlines 2014 Metropolitan & ACA Summer Chess Camp!

    For the 4th year in a row, Metropolitan Chess has attracted yet another huge star to Southern California. This year's star will be World #2 GM Levon Aronian! Aronian has been named the official lead instructor of the 2014 Metropolitan & ACA ... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, April 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Vishy is back “The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for ChessVi... | Read More

  • The Art of the Two Bishops

    Imagining that the pieces have stable values which are written in stone is an oversimplification of chess. One of the ways to become a better player is to develop a more subtle understanding of the relative values of pieces. Often a piece gains ... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Mar 21, 2014

    "How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?" Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... | Read More

  • Positional Combinations

    I will begin by affirming that the title of this article is deliberately oxymoronic. According to David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld's The Oxford Companion to Chess (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), a combination is "a series of forci... | Read More

    • Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of chess?

      I heard an interesting conversational question the other day - "Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of X." Where X can be any category of interest - e.g. chess. Naturally, I couldn't help but mull over who my choices would be. I think this... | Read More

      • SamCopeland
      • | Apr 15, 2014
    • Candidate's Tournament Selection

      Just going by the latest rankings (, how good has the candidates selection been over the last two years?  For placing, tie breaks are considered, which is only truly important for 2013, where Carlsen beat Kramnik on tie ... | Read More

      • seanahan
      • | Apr 5, 2014
    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Read More

    • Anand did well to qualify, but he won't win the rematch.

      Anand did well to qualify, but he won't win the rematch.                                                                                 The Tiger from Madras deserv... | Read More

      • Jeski1
      • | Mar 31, 2014
    • Candidates 2014 - Final Round Coverage with Video Analysis of all games

      Welcome to this blog post :-) The final round of the Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk has been played.   Congratulations to the deserved winner, former World Champion Vishy Anand, who earned the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen to a ma... | Read More

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  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Aronian, Levon

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    Levon Aronian, born Oct 6, 1982, is a Grandmaster (2001) from Armenia.   He learned chess at the age of 9.  In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Chess Championship with an 8 out 9 score.  He won the 2002 World Junior Chess Champi... Read More »