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    • is chess sports for gentlemen?

      this is chat log of my game --------------------------------- NEW GAME (1205535149) - superpikachu vs. JustAPlayer43 (3 0 rated) (win: 6, draw: -2, loss: -10)JustAPlayer43: cheating man?JustAPlayer43: your time goes slooooooooooooooooooowwww www... | Read More

    • After Long Absence

      In this blog I plan to record what it's like to come back to competitive chess after a long absence, so long that it sometimes feels like I've become a completely different person. When I was fifteen (in 1979) a girlfriend talked me into playing ... | Read More

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    • On becoming the 2015 Toronto Champion

      I've come to several important realizations over the past few months. The first is that it is very very hard to improve in chess as an adult, especially going it alone. I was ready to put in the work, but I realize now that hard work is a neces... | Read More

    • Drawing Rates in Chess Pt.1 - Time Matters!

      Welcome all to my new blog! I’ve been thinking of creating a blog for some time now, but it’s only been recently that I found the time to put one together. I had many ideas of what to write about, but I finally settled on a blog about the st... | Read More

    • Chess, Cheating, and Callousness

      The European Women’s Chess Championship recently concluded in the Georgian (Slavic) city of Chakvi. Ukrainian Grandmaster Natalia Zukhova emerged victorious, but that victory was overshadowed by questions and accusations of cheating directed ... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Patzer

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    Patzer is basically when you have a minimal rating in chess. Read More »

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Saemisch, Friedrich

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    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »