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  • Fischer, Tal, and the most frequently forgotten chess rule

    Let me start from the very end of this story. Sousse Interzonal 1967 will always be remembered for Fischer's withdrawal after ten rounds. At that point he had seven wins and three draws. Even though the participants were supposed to play 22 game... | Read More

  • The Art of Setting Traps

    Most tournament players scoff at the notion of Coffeehouse Chess. Even so, some of the most famous brilliancies in chess history were produced under dubious, non-tournament circumstances: The Immortal Game (Anderssen-Kieseritzky) was played at the... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 2

    WHY I WRITE ABOUT THE CHESS GREATS In my view, it’s important for chess fans to embrace a chess hero, and after studying his life and games, moving onto another chess hero. It’s fun, you learn a lot, and it makes the whole chess expe... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 4): His Prime Years

    I left Part 3 of this 7-part series with Alekhine beating Capablanca in their World Championship. Here’s how that article ended: The match itself was a long, extremely tiring affair that covered 34 games before Alekhine achieved the necess... | Read More

  • Chess Clubs and History

         There have been many chess clubs throughout the history of the game. About some of these we know a lot of details through books, periodicals and newspapers. About others we know practically nothing.  Even some great clubs have left us b... | Read More


    • Chess and Jiu-Jitsu: Destruction of A Guard

      Chess and Jiu-Jitsu: Destruction of A Guard By: Adisa Banjoko, Founder of Hip-Hop Chess Federation     I play chess, but my past is checkered/ The mic and I are like staff and sheppard/ When I apply science, my maths perfected,... | Read More

    • Chess history videos

      Below is a list of some chess history video series on Youtube. Kingscrusher's Evolution of Chess Style https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL776C6E4E40EDC3E6 ‪Greg Shahade‬'s Key Moments in Chess History https://www.youtube.com/playlist... | Read More

    • Inspired moments in chess history:Bogoljubov-Speelmann,Stockholm 1919

      Playing well known gambit in French defence few days ago as whitethe game came to my mind i first saw when i started to play chess some 20 years ago.This game was played in year 1919,some 62 years before i was born,and it was played by top class p... | Read More

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    • Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of chess?

      I heard an interesting conversational question the other day - "Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of X." Where X can be any category of interest - e.g. chess. Naturally, I couldn't help but mull over who my choices would be. I think this... | Read More

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      • | Apr 15, 2014
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    • Reading Silman

      It has been a while since I have written anything so to all my fans I wish to say.... Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Haunika, Happy Ramadan, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday (even though you forgot mine), Happy Valintines ... | Read More

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      • | Mar 12, 2014
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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Bacrot, Etienne

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    Etienne Bacrot, born Jan 22, 1983, was the youngest FIDE master at age 10. He began playing chess at the age of 4.  He won the World under 12 championship in Brazil in 1995.  In 1995, he was awarded the International Master title at the age of 1... Read More »