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  • Blunders in Modern Play, Part 4

    Several weeks ago I played in an excellent tournament organized by Dr. Walter High in North Carolina. The US Masters tournament attracted an extremely strong field with many GMs including Mamedov, Ramirez, Shabalov, & Jankovic - just to name f... | Read More

  • Throwing Away Your Queen

    Any real fan of chess can tell you that, in many ways, chess is a lifelong addiction. Hundreds or even thousands (in some case, tens of thousands!) of chess books take over an apartment or house, chess sets can be found in bathrooms, bedrooms, kit... | Read More

  • Memorializing Alekhine in Style

    It’s been several decades since the last time Paris has been the site of a top-tier chess tournament. The French city of Lyon played host to Kasparov’s title defense match against Karpov in 1990, but other than that, nobody here can se... | Read More

  • Records in Chess

    Best match player.  William Steinitz played 27 chess matches from 1862 to 1896, and won 25 of the 27.    He won 160 games, lost 70, and drew 57.  Best Selling Chess Book. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess has sold over one million copies. Best w... | Read More

  • Fixing Chess Pieces that Rattle

    Are you embarrassed each time you thump a rook down on the chessboard in a blitz game because the weight inside rattles badly?  You are not alone; my own pieces did this very thing for quite some time.  Then one day I got motivated and d... | Read More


    • Cool and Unusual Chess Sets

      Lens Chess Set Unique chess set made using real Canon and Nikon camera lenses. War of 1812 Chess Set Awesome hand carved wooden chess set features two war ships Cardboard Chess Set Modern chess set with unique chess pieces made out of ... | Read More

      • jatt25
      • | Apr 16, 2014
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    • Up all night to get lucky

      While on holidays in Australia in January, I got invited to play a small round-robin tournament in Amsterdam. I get these invitations every now and then, but it's worth mentioning that such invitations are usually not as flattering as they first a... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Mar 29, 2014
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    • P is for Pawn, that's good enough for me ...

      Just wondering if the cookie monster plays chess ..... not really. What I was actually wondering comes about from having kids, and picking them up after work at their daycare ..... and noticing a "special" box of toys off in a corner. These toys ... | Read More

    • ...If you're that kind of believer in chess,

      I have discovered the secret to long on-line games with a patient opponent.  I just keep my favorite set out and by the hamper and mimic the game on it, giving me a chance to study the situation every time I pass, and that's a lot in my house.  ... | Read More

      • blakartz
      • | Mar 11, 2014
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    • Our Local Club --- a success story

                More travails of a (wanna-be) improving chess player... Tuesday evening.  Club night! For the last year I have rarely missed our local club's weekly meeting. And I'm not the only one who looks forward to Tuesday and chess.... | Read More

      • RandomJeff
      • | Mar 5, 2014
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  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Bughouse chess

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    Bughouse (also reffered as tagteam and siamese chess) is played with two teams of two, using two sets. Each player on the team plays a different color than their partner.  It begans as normal blitz chess, but every piece a player captures, he... Read More »

  • Staunton chessmen

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    The only type of chess set allowed in FIDE events.  In the 1978 World Championship match in Baguio, none of the chess sets shown to Karpov and Korchnoi just before the match were of the Staunton pattern.  Someone had to drive to Manila t... Read More »

  • POW

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    In almost every war with Prisoners of War (POW), POWs have credited chess literally with saving their lives.  Any many POW camps, chess playing was the main diversion.  During World War II, POWs played chess with their German guards to d... Read More »

  • Lewis chessmen

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    Oldest known chess pieces in existence, carved from walrus tusk and whale teeth.   93 pieces were found in a stone chamber in a sand bank on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in 1831 in the Western Isles off the coast of Scotland. ... Read More »