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  • 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

  • Hikaru Nakamura: Rise of the Machines, the Conclusion

    In the first part of this article, we left our Chess Terminator playing countless blitz and bullet games during the last free day of the championship. In the following seventh round, Nakamura had a very tough opponent. By the way, this is a good... | Read More

    • An Amateur's Post-Game Tirade

      From time to time, we have all experienced a situation where we lose a game and get really frustrated. We might forget to shake hands, walk out, or (when I was an 1800 class player) throw pencils across the room after losing. We have also been on ... | Read More

      • bsmail
      • | Sep 14, 2014
    • Tournament Adventures: US Masters

      It is a rare pleasure to play in a well organized tournament and innovative tournament. So many touranments feel homogeneous these days. The US Masters was run by an outstanding team of organizers and TDs; special thanks to Walter High and Gary Ne... | Read More

    • A deep knight sacrifice as only move

      In the second round of this standard tournament, I got a winning position against a strong player, but the only move to win was a knight sacrifice that is quite hard to calculate. I was low on time already, and though I saw the sacrifice, I could... | Read More

      • Sorcerer88
      • | Sep 8, 2014
    • Easiest game I never played.

        Once the clock started, the Tournament Director (TD) said "in order to claim a Win against a 'No-Show,' your clock must run for (1) hour without him or her ever showing up... and it did..." Final Game 0F-1F Final Score 3-3/6 Worst perform... | Read More

      • chesspnoi
      • | Sep 7, 2014
    • USCL Week 1-2 Recap

      by Alex Ostrovskiy The Manhattan Applesauce are off to a strong start to the season and remain one of the three perfect teams after two weeks of play. The 'Sauce will look to continue their winning ways against the St. Louis Arch Bishops in our W... | 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 »