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  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 12, 2014

    "When you start a game, how do you get into the mood of concentrating from move 1?" "If you are in a bad mood, how do you prevent this from negatively affecting your play?" Those are good questions, and they are not completely unrelated. It only... | Read More

  • The 5 Craziest Places to Play Chess

    Most chess players have found themselves lost deeply in a game, so consumed by the position on the board — or the tactics brewing in their heads — that they all but ignore their surroundings. Usually these games are played ... | Read More

  • Clash of the Champions: Botvinnik-Smyslov (1958 Rematch)

    At the time that Vasily Smyslov became world champion, a rule was in effect giving the previous champion an automatic rematch in the event that he lost the title. Mikhail Botvinnik benefited from this rule twice -- the first instance was with Smys... | Read More

  • 6 Things You Should Always Do in Blitz

    Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board. As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament play. Breac... | Read More

    • Interesting post-game comment

      In a recent game, my opponent didn't take losing too well and started in with statements to rationalize it, none of which made sense.  In particular he said,"yeah but look at the clock - I had 30 minues left and you only had three."  To provide ... | Read More

    • Plano at IMSA

           Well out of 5 conference games, we've had 5 sweeps, but this game definitely shows that I have much to improve on. As state gets closer and closer it becomes more important that I analyze our games. This game, my match against Plano, featu... | Read More

      • King_Apot
      • | Nov 21, 2014
    • The Grass Arena

      I've always thought there was danger with chess that we can think it as too pure a game. That it isn’t a human enterprise but one that only takes place on 64 squares. The Grass Arena convinced me I had this view completely backwards. It is the... | Read More

      • cavedave
      • | Nov 20, 2014
    • Interference Theme

      In the following position with about 20 seconds left on the clock, white has to find a rapid checkmate. There is no time to waste picking up the loose knight on c3 since Black can hold the vital e7 square with Re8 and then survive long enough to r... | Read More

    • Sharks vs Nor'easters Week 7 USCL

      Needed to run the table to make the playoffs the sharks continued to play with momentum in week 7.   Marcel chose not to the play the opening "Manly" but finished the game off like a real brute!  Let me introduce one of our new secret weapon... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Denker, Arnold Sheldon

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      Arnold Sheldon Denker (1914-2005 was a onetime boxer and boxing manager (won three successive Golden Gloves bouts by knockouts).  He won the New York State championship in 1938 and 1939.  He won the Manhattan Chess Club Championsh... Read More »

  • What did Bobby teach you?

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    He was one of the strongest players in the whole world...but little is know about his life. He was born in America (March,9 1943) and he quickly became the first American to win the official World Chess Championship. He was very very young when he... 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 »