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  • The Greatest Chess Upsets, Part 1

    The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings." Most lopsided matchups,... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • Review: My Junior Years in 20 Games

    One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Chess Cities in the World

    The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.  About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More

  • The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History

    There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by millions around the world, chess has a history that spans millennia. While chess has change... | Read More


    • Short and the Caro-Kann

      I have been playing against the Caro-Kann quite often recently, and have drawn inspiration and innovation from some beautifully played games by GM Nigel Short (pictured). Here are some details about Mr Short: Regarded as the strongest English... | Read More

    • Benjamin Franklin and Chess Trivia

      Benjamin Franklin was born on Jan 17, 1706 or Jan 6, 1706 old style. Franklin wrote about checkers (draughts) when he sailed to and from England in 1726.  When a fair wind came up, Franklin spent much of his time onboard playing checkers.  He l... | Read More

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    • The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History (chess home page)

      Without going through the entire article (here is the link: http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-10-most-important-moments-in-chess-history ).  Does anybody else find that #1 (probably in order from newest to oldest) "The Magnus Era: 2013" shou... | Read More

      • AaronGo
      • | Jul 29, 2014
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    • I was wrong about the Millionaire event

      I was wrong about Millionaire Chess.   When the Millionaire event was first announced I was one of its biggest critics in the State of Florida. Not only did I think it would not succeed, I also thought it would be a disaster for chess. As a pla... | Read More

    • Beautiful Chess Games

          Chess is an old and beautiful intelectual game that attracts millions of people around the globe regardless of their strenghth. The beauty of chess lies in tactics and precise calculation which makes it complex and challenging. There are man... | Read More

      • DaenerysT
      • | Jun 29, 2014
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Video Lessons



  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Chess

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    Chess is a game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64 square board.The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, King and Rooks moved the same but ... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Karjakin, Sergey

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    Sergey Karjaki is a Ukrainian Grandmaster, born in simferopol, Ukraine on January 12, 1990,later moved to russia.   On August 20, 2002, at the age of 12 years and 7 months, he was the youngest grandmaster in history.  He was the world champion ... Read More »