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  • Clash of Champions: Kasparov vs. Karpov

    With Anatoly Karpov having "inherited" the world title, he was eager to win as many tournaments as possible to prove that he was worthy of the title. And this he did. Besides winning such tournaments as Milan 1975, Las Palmas 1977, Bugojno 1978... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Karpov vs. Korchnoi

    After Bobby Fischer won the world championship in 1972, he was a hero -- not just in the U.S., but for chess players everywhere. But being a hero is not for everyone. Always hard-working and ambitious, Fischer had fought more against himself tha... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 121 Midnight Sun

    Chess Informant 121 Midnight SunPaperback, 348 pagesProduct page (book/CD) WONDERFUL OLYMPIAD Just as chess fans all over the world were excited by the goings-on at the recent Chess Olympics, so were the staff at Chess Informant excited at... | Read More

  • Don't Get Brainwashed!

    I bet you've all heard an old joke where a man returns from a business trip one day earlier than planned and catches his wife with another man. She denies that anything is going on between her and that man trusts her, even though the obvious evide... | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Fischer vs. Spassky

    In our exploration of the endgames from the world title matches, we have now reached the most famous of all matches -- the so-called "Match of the Century." Besides the unusual and brilliant character of Bobby Fischer, this match is so well reme... | Read More

    • Baltimore Kingfishers' 2014 Week 9 Preview

      Boston Blitz vs. Baltimore Kingfishers IM Steven Zierk (2543) - GM Akshayraj Kore (2543) FM Denys Shmelov (2473) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) NM Chris Williams (2310) - FM Alex Barnett (2330) NM Ilya Krasik (2264) - NM Andrew Zheng (2208)   W... | Read More

    • The End Of One Road, Beginning of Another Part 1

      Hey!  It's been quite a while! I've wanted to write another blog for the last few months but one thing after another and I've never gotten to doing it. But here it is finally!   In my last blog, I talked about playing in the 201... | Read More

    • My best Tournament

      Hello internet I recently competed in the Hales Corners Challenge XX. It was a very well organized tournament with very good competition in the Open section that I was playing in which included a few NMs and even as IM. Overall I was pretty ecstat... | Read More

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      • | Oct 19, 2014
    • Yet another appeal to members to be kind and practice good sportsmanship.

      So my chat window is fairly often filled with all kinds of expletives by some of my opponents. I don't really know why people feel the need to do this, and I suppose I could just disable chat;  like many here do. However, I like chatting it up wi... | Read More

    • Baltimore Kingfishers' 2014 Week 8 Preview

      Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Miami Sharks GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) - GM Julio Becerra (2626) GM Larry Kaufman (2391) - GM Renier Gonzalez (2510) NM Jared Defibaugh (2325) - NM Federico Gonzalez (2315) FM Ralph Zimmer (2268) - Vlad Yanovsky (2... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • 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 »