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  • How Much Money Do World Chess Champions Make?

    Today, the very top chess players in the world can make good livings from the game. Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand, who will play this month’s world chess championship in Russia, made more than $1 million each of the past two years from ch... | Read More

  • 17 Hand Positions Every Tournament Chess Player Must Know

    When you play chess online, it doesn't really matter what you do with your hands. But when you play chess at a tournament, sitting across the board from a real human opponent for up to seven hours each game, you MUST master the 17 key hand positio... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jun 27, 2014

    "I did action X and gained Y rating points so I suggest everyone should do that." This claim came up during the show, raising the question: How helpful it would be for others to follow the suggestion? In order to address this issue, we should sta... | Read More

  • Max Harmonist

    February 10 commemorated the 150th birthday of Max Harmonist.  I first came across Harmonist in I.A. Horowitz's book, "The Golden Treasury of Chess" and was entralled by the included game: Max Harmonist2-10-1864 - 10-16-1907      B... | Read More

  • Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!

    Rudolf Spielmann was born in Vienna on May 5, 1883, and he learned how to play chess at a very young age. Reti, in his classic book Masters of the Chessboard, said this: “He learned to play while still a boy and was exhibited in public as ... | Read More

    • King Safety

      I've spent a great deal of time playing against Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition, because for a few years I found it to be a pretty good way to get my chess fix. I was playing at, but quickly grew dismayed by the number of people ... | Read More

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    • Tactics Index - Learning tactics patterns

      I have started a tactics index on my website to help me identify tactical patterns and improve my tactical ability. It will build over time, but the first pattern is up. See the introduction, the index, and the first pattern. Click "Follow Becomi... | Read More

    • Hard Work Works - Inspiration from a guitarist

      While watching a guitar talent show, the great Montenegrin guitarist, Miloš said something which I firmly believe - work, work and work some more, if you want to be the greatest you can be. There are a couple of videos with great guitar music too... | Read More

    • Chess Rating Distribution

      Would you believe that there are only 1,212 active Grand Masters? And only 725 of them have a grade over 2500 at the moment. Today I have done some analysis on the English Chess Federation's database to see how the grades in England are distribut... | Read More

    • HHCF Auctioning Lost Boards signed by Waitzkin, RZA, GZA and Rakaa

      For Immediate Release: PR Contact: Meek Gaborski (657) 229-2787 Hip-Hop Chess Federation Auctions Lost Autographed Chessboards by Wu-Tang Clan Arts and Education Non-profit Raising Money for New Community Cent... | Read More

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Morphy, Paul

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    Paul Morphy, (1837-1884), was born in New Orleans, USA.  At the tender age of 10 he was already defeating masters.  A law school graduate at the age of 17, Morphy dominated the 1857 American Chess Congress in New York City.  In the ... Read More »