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  • University's Online Chess Camp with GM Boris Gelfand - Official Announcement

    Last week we revealed our plans to organize an online chess camp and included a tentative schedule. Today, we are officially announcing University's first online chess camp! Note: There may be a few discrepancies regarding the schedul... | Read More

  • How two Icelandic DJ's saved my life

    For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland – not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the country’s hospitality and natural wonders. Last year, I didn’t have enough time to see any glac... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 1

    For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... | Read More

  • The Queen of Chess

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady chess player.  Part of the p... | Read More

  • Balanced Imbalance

    In this week's edition of my "Without the Lady" column, I will be showing an interesting game I played last year against the young Filipino GM Wesley So. Despite the early exchange of queens, the game was razor-sharp - imbalanced in terms of struc... | Read More

    • I was wrong about the Millionaire event

      I was wrong about Millionaire Chess.   When the Millionaire event was first announced I was one of its biggest critics in the State of Florida. Not only did I think it would not succeed, I also thought it would be a disaster for chess. As a pla... | Read More

    • Cancel the Olympiad? No(r) way!

      It's hard to know what to make of the latest Olympiad drama. There are so many conflicting reports, rumours, innocent victims and different parties with skin in the game, that it reminds one of an election campaign. Oh hang on; there IS an electio... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 18, 2014
    • University's Live Member Game Analysis Show - July 17th, 2014

      UPDATE: The July 17th show has been cancelled. Dear Members, It's time to announce University's next live TV show: Member Game Analysis with FM Dalton Perrine - July 17th, 2014. In this member game analysis show, FM Dalton... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Jul 16, 2014
    • The greatest chess match of all time

      From The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. The Soviet Union's masterful Boris Spassky versus America's unpredictable Bobby Fischer was the greatest chess match of all time. At the time, it was a proxy for the cold war between the U.S. and Russi... | Read More

    • Summary for June 19, 2014. By Dmytro Tymchuk.

      Summary for June 19, 2014. By Dmytro Tymchuk. (пер. Voices of Ukraine - Official) Brothers and sisters! Here’s the Summary for June 19, 2014 The bad news: 1. Russia is no longer hiding the fact that it’s moving troops to the border with Uk... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Jun 20, 2014