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  • The New #ChessMonday Marathon

    You might have noticed a big change to the TV schedule the last few weeks. To bring you the best-possible chess viewing experience, launched the #ChessMonday marathon last month, packing each Monday with back-to-back chess show... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • Deadly Mindsets: 'He Can't/I Can't'

    Though I’ve written about chess psychology in my book (How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition – almost 90 pages on the subject!) and in articles on, I will continue to do so from time to time since it’s an ext... | Read More

  • Vasily Smyslov And The Closed Sicilian

    Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s. All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More

    • Catching Up – A Season in a Post

      Hi everyone, check out my original post at! As some of you already know, I'm repurposing my blog from breaking 2000 (which I successfully completed last November) to documenting my journey to the 2016 US Junior Open... | Read More

    • Pawn Sacrifice - A Movie Review

      The Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice debuted this week in theaters across the United States. The film stars Tobey Maguire as the venerable chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as the pillar of Soviet Cold War chess dominance Boris ... | Read More

    • Bullet Brawl Wednesday - What´s Wrong With This Picture?

      If a picture is worth a thousand words, IM Danny Rensch is just the chess player to speak them. You´ll get a kick out of watching his shows and hearing his commentary. Conversely, you´ĺl kick yourself if you miss them, especially today´s Bulle... | Read More

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    • Nathalie's Blog

      Chess game is a challenge of reasoning and logical ability. Not merely a past-time game, chess develops mind skills and rational thinking. I love this game when I play it with my wife. I admit that it really helps us develop better plans in the fa... | Read More

    • ChessTV Monday is to Chess Entertainment what Powered Sugar is to Donuts

      You heard it! ChessTV Monday is today. Already started! Watch and see the schedule at omg. Things could only get better for me since earlier in Live I was White:  After that bad loss and a good cry, it was time for a walk o... | Read More

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      • | Sep 21, 2015

Video Lessons

  • List of chess software

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    Chess software[edit] 1K ZX Chess Battle Chess Chess (Northwestern University) Chess (application) Chess Assistant Chess Crusade Chess Informant Expert Chess Mates Chess Titans Chess Tiger ChessBase ChessGenius ChessV Chessmaster CilkChess Colossu... Read More »

  • National Chess Day

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    National Chess Day Former President Gerald Ford proclaimed and designated National Chess day in October 09, 1976. But before it happened there was a series of requests from other groups concerned including the Regional Vice-president of United St... Read More »

  • Mating Net

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    This article is in relation to Mating Patterns Parts 1 and 2. If you didn't read those yet, please do so before reading this. When you are attacking your opponent's king, the normal reaction is to check as much as possible. It gives you a feeling... Read More »

  • Alekhine, Alexander

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    Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) was the winner of the first Soviet Chess Championship (1920) and the only man to die while holding the world chess championship.  He learned chess from his older brother Alexei (1888-1939).  He studied law at the S... Read More »

  • Basman, Michael

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    Michael Basman, born March 16, 1946, is an International Master (1980) from England who specializes in irregular openings.  He tied for 1st place in the 1973 British Championship, but lost the playoff to Bill Hartston.  He organizes the ... Read More »