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    • Stupidity of most correspondence players

      Have you ever wondered why most correspondence players play horrible chess, like they're playing checkers with chess pieces..? I can tell you why, they play 100, 150 or more games and it makes them blind as to what is actually going on...if they w... | Read More

    • We human beings are funny

      We human beings are funny: We human beings are funny!  To think that we spend so much time on a game and worry about where our talents fall among other human beings.  So pitiful. But, ok.  We're all human here, I assume.  If not, welcome fri... | Read More

      • jamesing
      • | May 27, 2014
    • new chess gametype

      so i've recently gotten bored of normal chess because i wanted more of a challenge, so i thought of checkers, and how you can move your position, and i thought, why not in chess, so it's a challenge that you totally throw your chess strategies out... | Read More

    • Will Engines Ruin the Royal Game?

      While my deeply felt notions effusively came out in another thread, it is entirely more appropriate that I take ownership of them here. PLEASE SHARE your thoughts! In my best assessment, it sure appear... | Read More

      • zenomorphy
      • | Mar 19, 2014
    • Limits of quantum computation in solving chess

      Update:   Since I have written this post some dramatic new results of large scale quantum coherence exhibited by living organisms came to my attention. It has been demonstrated that microtubules in the brain when excited at certain frequencies ... | Read More

      • watcha
      • | Feb 9, 2014

  • Nakamura Leads U.S. Championship

    Nakamura Leads U.S. Champs, 3-Way Tie Atop U.S. Women'sBy FM Mike KleinFor the first time in the 2012 U.S. Championship, one player rests atop the leaderboard. With his win today in round five over co-leader GM Gregory Kaidanov, local GM Hikaru Na... | Read More

  • Future of is Checkers! is very excited to announce its future in the "online gaming community" as the world wide leader in... Checkers! Erik, the owner and CEO of had this to say about the coming changes: "We are SO excited to make this transitio... | Read More

  • Google Solves Chess!

    Chess will never be the same again.  Until now, many mathematicians claimed it wasn’t possible to ‘solve’ chess due to the exponentially large number of possible games (10^120).  However, in a dramatic development today... | Read More

  • 1st World Mind Sports Games Underway

    As previously previewed here and here, the 1st World Mind Sports Games are underway today in Beijing. Unfortunately it now seems that new World #1 Veselin Topalov will not be among the competitors in the chess events at the games, but many other ... | Read More

  • Computer Championship

    The 16th World Computer Chess Championship is being held in Beijing, China – as part of the Computer Games Championship, with 28 different games. After five rounds two programs are in the lead, with 4.5 points: Rybka (USA) and Hiarcs (England). ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Chernev, Irving

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      Irving Chernev (1900-1981) was born on January 29, 1900 in Priluku, Ukraine   In 1904 (some sources say 1920), Chernev’s family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.   In 1912, Irving Chernev’s father taught him chess.   In the 1930s, ... Read More »

  • Nezhmetdinov, Rashid

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    Rashid Nezhmetdinov (1912-1974) was the first USSR master in chess and checkers.  In 1949 he won the Russian chess championship and immediately after, took 2nd in the Russian checkers championship.  He wrote the first chess book in the T... Read More »

  • Banks, Newell

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    Newell William Banks (1897-1977) was a U.S. checker champion who was also a chess master.  He learned checkers at the Detroit Chess and Checker Club, and started playing checkers at the age of 5.  His father taught him chess at the age o... Read More »