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    • Halfway to 1700 Blitz

      Not numerically speaking, of course. But I just broke 1650, a few days after breaking 1600 for the first time in history, and a few days before defeating any 1700+ . . . and a month or so after struggling to hit 1350. Needless to say, I'm pleasant... | Read More

      • Haiku575
      • | Jan 20, 2014
    • January Aquinas 2014

      Here are my games from a local quad tournament I played on 1-18-14. All games were played at a G/30-5 delay. Overall I would say that I played pretty well despite my poor result 1/3. One of these days when I get off third shift and am able to slee... | Read More

    • Hikaru Nakamura (GM)

      Full name Hikaru Nakamura Country United States Born December 9, 1987 (age 26)Hirakata, Osaka, Japan Title Grandmaster FIDE rating 2786 (January 2014)(No. 3 in the January 2014 FIDE World Rankings) Peak rating 2789 (January 2014) Peak ranking No.... | Read More

      • max_yasud
      • | Jan 8, 2014
    • Why are Russians so good at chess?

      This was published some months ago on my blogger which you can find here:   Why are Russians so good at chess? Reading through the FIDE rating list (I know what you're thinking, he should get out ... | Read More

      • Jeski1
      • | Dec 24, 2013
    • Miami local championship 2013: Alex 1958 vs vanessa 2349 , 0-1

      White Lost on Time Vanessa’s rating is much better than yours, but you might have tried to resist a little more. Sometimes even the best opponents make blunders. Game type: Balanced Equilibrium percentage: 92%, lasting for 78 moves Opening use... | Read More

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »


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    A lot of players choose to play the french defence in order to slow down the action in the center and hope to play a quiet position. Ladies and gents, here's how you can go ALL IN against the french, especially in blitz! Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Tal, Mikhail

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    Mikhail Tal (1936-1992) was a Grandmaster (1957) without being an International Master first.  Tal was not an IM when he won the 24th USSR championship in Moscow in 1957 at the age of 21.  FIDE made an exception to the regulations and aw... Read More »

  • Mexican defence

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    This defence was introduced by the Mexican grandmaster Carlos Torre. The first game with this opening happened in a blitz session between the U.S. Champion Frank Marshall and Carlos Torre, and was played on a ship in their route from U.S. to Baden... Read More »