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  • The Eye Of The Beholder

    Many players feel that chess is all about threats or attack or finding a combination or some other form of brute force moves. And, of course, that is exactly what many positions need. However, in many other positions those things are exactly what ... | Read More

  • How To Play Multi-Purpose Moves

    How to Improve Your Tactics member shivendu2059xyz asked: I would like to discuss how to get better at tactics. Is solving tons of puzzles the only way to improve? Mr. shivendu2059xyz: There are many ways to study ... | Read More

  • Amazing Games for Beginners

    Even the barest novice can appreciate and learn from the exquisite artistry and logic in the conceptual masterpieces to be found here. Join some of's finest teachers on a tour of the most dazzling and instructive ches... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Think When Playing A Grandmaster

    [UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.] My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster. Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More

    • Material and Position

      Chess is a game of subtle imbalances which, if well-managed, can lead to an overwhelming victory out of apparently nowhere.  On the other hand, if they’re left unchecked, you can lose a game without really comprehending why.  Two of these imba... | Read More

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    • Chess Challenge a Laughing Matter

      One of my friends invited me to join so we could play against each other over the internet when we are unable to do so in person. So, being new to the site and unfamiliar with the process (which, nonetheless seemed relatively intuitive) ... | Read More

      • Bro_Milton
      • | Nov 6, 2015
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    • Does Chess Need an Audience?

      Recently I came across an article asking whether chess has the power to draw in the audiences enjoyed by sports like golf or even…reality shows. Understanding that journalists are paid to ask these kinds of questions and to present a limited ... | Read More

    • Looking for Chess Challenges

      Hello, all, I would like to be challenged on Online Chess. My rating is 1160 but I would prefer to by challenged by people >1400, although lower ratings are okay. Please challenge! | Read More

    • Getting out of the mud

      Getting out of the mud. I felt just amazing this year. It has been a blessed year.A lot has gone absolutely right.I am blessed that I have a job.A year to two years a go I was undergoing massive amounts of stress. I was being yelled at and bera... | Read More

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  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... Read More »