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    • How To Lose Against the Best Bullet Player in the World in 18 moves

      In a rare sighting, Hikaru Nakamura decided to log on to to beat up on some patzers. However, there weren't any players on that were rated higher than 2505 in bullet. Being rated an absurd 3105 himself, he would need to play against an o... | Read More

      • AchiIles
      • | Aug 17, 2014
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    • bad connection

      I have played on on various computers over the past 3 yrs or so, and the only prob/complaint I have is that my connection almost always starts in the red or goes to red after a few games -- is this some kind of punishment or incentive to... | Read More

      • akibubba
      • | Aug 15, 2014
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    • Playing All the Marks

      Hello everyone, Playing Chess is fun and exciting and usually it's just a game, but for me I like to talk with my opponent if he/she replies as well. Sometimes it's a simple "Hi" or other times it goes deeper into "what's it like living in (count... | Read More

    • Minor Piece Battle: 2 Knights Caged and Slaughtered in a Closed Position

      At a gig, upon learning I play chess, I was challenged to a 3-day correspondence game by my musical colleague Bill.  Little did I know he is competitive USCF player with a live tournament rating of over 1900!  This slav game (Schallop Defe... | Read More

      • Mixologist
      • | Aug 13, 2014
    • 2014 Southern Congress 5-SS - Thoughts

      Overall I really enjoyed playing at the 2014 Southern Congress in Atlanta this past weekend.  I played in the Amateur section, under 2000, which I fell in the U1600 group this tournament.  It was nice to see everybody again.  A couple things t... | Read More

      • jminkler
      • | Aug 12, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • National Chess Day

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    President Gerald Ford set October 9th, 1976 aside as a day "To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages."     October 9th is National Chess day.  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 »

  • Skipworth, Arthur Bolland

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    Arthur Bolland Skipworth was born in 1830 and became a reverend.  He was secretary of the British Counties’ Chess Assocation and editor of the Chess Players’ Chronicle.  In September 1865, he won the first British Counties&rs... Read More »