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  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, March 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Tournaments, tournaments... “The month of February used to have one big event: Linares. This year there were no less than fiv... | Read More

  • Mastering The Queen Sacrifice

    "A queen sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover." -- Savielly Tartakower (1887-1956). Even the most technical, positional-minded player cannot dispute the accuracy of Tartakower's remark. No matter... | Read More

  • Berlin Endgame Video Series

    Test your knowledge: which opening did Vladimir Kramnik lean on to equalize his chances as Black in the 2000 world chess championship, where he would eventually defeat the greatest chess player of all time? Fill in the blank: The 2014 world ches... | Read More

    • My Games #5: First Blood Against Magnus(App)

      I played and won 4|2 minute blitz game against living legend World Chess (Classical, Rapid, Blitz) Champion GM Magnus Carlsen's app 10-year-old difficulty. Enjoy: | Read More

    • Carlsen v Ivanchuk Annotation

      In an effort to stretch my understanding of tactical and positional considerations during a game, and also to indentify the specific holes in my understanding, Im going to try to annotate a game by players obviously way above my level. In this ex... | Read More

      • Curlaub
      • | Mar 24, 2015
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    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.22.2015 - day 102

      World Champion Robert James Fischer beat E. McCaskey in a simul in Davis in 1964: White to move and checkmates in 1: World Champion Magnus Carlsen won against Grandmaster Jon Viktor Gunnarsson in Reykjavik in 2006: White to move and checkmates... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 03.20.2015 - day 100

      The American World Champion, Robert James Fischer beat Mark Surgies in the New Western open in Milwaukee in 1957: Black to move and checkmates in 1: The Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen won against Grandmaster Zurab Azmaiparashvili in t... | Read More

    • Video on Magnus

      You will probably need to use google translator for this link, but it is a great article.   Magnus Carlsen life becomes movie | Read More

      • Romans920
      • | Mar 19, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Agdestein, Simen

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    Simen Agdestein, born May 15, 1967, was Norway’s first Grandmaster (1985) who shared first place (with Walter Arencibea) in the World Junior Champion in 1986.  He became an International Master in 1983 at the age of 16.  He became ... Read More »