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  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3

    Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Four

    In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of "doing nothing." In this article we'll discuss when it is appropriate to use this idea. Once upon a time, I showed my game vs. Nakamura as an example of "doing noth... | Read More

  • Major Rule Changes by FIDE

    At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights- 1. Changes for title requriements: a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for ... | Read More

  • You Have It, He Doesn’t! Part 1

    Quite a few amateurs become a bit confused when game annotations talk about the enormous importance of the dark squares in one position or another. Yes, everyone knows what the dark squares are, but in most cases, one is left wondering why they ar... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

    • Hikaru the Champion

      Hikaru Nakamura represents the best chance for the United States to one day regain the World Chess Championship.  Can he do it?  He didn't even qualify for the candidates match in 2013.  In truth, I think was a good thing.  As we observed in t... | Read More

      • seanahan
      • | Apr 16, 2014
    • at the GM bar

      do remember that drunk folks don't spell too well ... | Read More

      • tkbunny
      • | Apr 16, 2014
    • Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013)

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      • Bubele
      • | Apr 13, 2014
    • Candidate's Tournament Selection

      Just going by the latest rankings (, how good has the candidates selection been over the last two years?  For placing, tie breaks are considered, which is only truly important for 2013, where Carlsen beat Kramnik on tie ... | Read More

      • seanahan
      • | Apr 5, 2014
    • Dominant world champions and more

      Here's a table, based on metrics, of points scored by world champions and other leading grandmasters between each other. By 'leading grandmasters', I mean the following players: Everyone who played a World Championship match Everyo... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »