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  • Beware Of Alekhine's Gun

    The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess

    We already know that you can take and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... | Read More

  • Nellie

    1892 "BCM"      In 1894 Nellie Love Marshall Showalter, the wife of then U.S. Chess Champion, Jackson Whipps Showalter, played Mrs. Harriet Worrell, the wife of the renowned chess player who had died in 1878, Thomas Herbert Worrall, also... | Read More

  • 5 Dumb Things Chess Players Say

    Last week, we had some fun discussing dumb things your non-chess friends say about the game. In chess as in life, turnabout is fair play. It's time to laugh at the silly things chess players themselves say -- and there's certainly no shortage of... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

    • Auction Anish Giri's book for Charity

      Dear Chess Player, My name is Bob Meurs and my bycicle club is going to organize a sponsored bicycle ride in May 2015, for the Dutch Foundation Highflyers.The purpose of the Foundation Highflyers is to let sick and disabled children forget abou... | Read More

      • bobstar
      • | Apr 26, 2015
    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.25.2015 - day 136

      World Champion Mihail Tal won against Vladimir Getman in th USSR spartakiad semifinal in Moscow in 1963: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion  Veselin Topalov beat World Champion Garry Kasparov in the Chess Olympiad in Moscow in 1994: ... | Read More

    • Battle Of The Legends: Kasparov vs Short

           FIDE couldn’t believe it; they were upset, so upset that they ripped the crown from chess champion Garry Kasparov’s head and said, “This is enough!” In 1993 drama struck the chess world unlike any other conflict seen in the game’... | Read More

      • -_KNiGHt_-
      • | Apr 25, 2015
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    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 04.24.2015 - day 135

      World Champion Mihail Tal won against Alfred Beni in Munich in the Chess Olympiad in 1958: Black to move and mate in 1: World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca beat Albert Pulvermacher in New York in 1907: White to move and mate in 3: Our read... | Read More

    • KISS - Keep it Simple, Stupid

      I think I first saw the title acronym applied to chess in an article by former world title contender Peter Svidler. Despite being one of the best calculators in the world, Svidler still tries to simplify his decisions when he can. Chess is too com... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Apr 24, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Axedrez

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    The obsolete Spanish word for chess (which is now ajedrez).  The Portuguese player Damiano wrote a Spanish book suggesting chess was invented by Xerxes and should be named after Xerxes, hence, the word Axedrez.  Axedrez is used for the word ches... Read More »

  • Castling

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    Castling is the only time in the game when more than one piece may be moved during a turn.  Castling can only occur if there are no pieces standing between the king and the rook.  Neither king nor rook may have moved from its original position.... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Filosofando el Ajedrez.

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      Filosofando el Ajedrez Filosofando el Ajedrez Por Lumalosa  Redes de Ajedrez.     Sólo existen dos formas de finalizar una partida de ajedrez: o bien finaliza en jaque mate, o bien finaliza en tablas. De aquí se puede deducir,... Read More »