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  • 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

  • The Art of Thinking

    Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a chessmaster's head during a game? Of course you have. That's why I have written this article, in the hope that you may extract some useful understanding as to how to think during a chessgame. I would l... | Read More

    • GameBoySPChessMaster-Akil

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    • 99 Experience Points Earned

           Hello everyone, and welcome to my chess blog! First, this blog is my personal experience trying to improve at chess by using the available material to a diamond member on I will be writing a new blog roughly every 100 gam... | Read More

      • HelioRay
      • | Aug 17, 2014
    • The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History (chess home page)

      Without going through the entire article (here is the link: ).  Does anybody else find that #1 (probably in order from newest to oldest) "The Magnus Era: 2013" shou... | Read More

      • AaronGo
      • | Jul 29, 2014

      Improve your Chess Many chess fans have gone years without making any significant improvement, even after studying many chess books, courses or hiring personal chess teachers. Many players get stuck below or around the 2100 rating and, little by l... | Read More

      • GMAditya
      • | Jul 26, 2014
    • The Tournament of Champions

      The Tournament of Champions is a fantasy tournament played on the Chessmaster II for PS1* system with a 3 hour, Fischer Style, time control. I took the first 4 World Chess Champions and the last 4 World Chess Champions for an 8 man, 2 rounds, roun... | Read More

      • herbie53
      • | Jul 21, 2014

  • 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 »