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  • "Final Answer": Determining When To Make Your Move

    On the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating "Final answer!" Similarly, an over-the-board chess player commits when he intentionally touches a piece (have to move... | Read More

  • A Week in Chicago, Part 1

    I recently participated in an IM norm tournament in Chicago. This was an unusual kind of tournament for me - and you might find it strange that a tournament for international master norms would have grandmasters. Most of the tournaments in which I... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Two

    In last week's article, we started an analysis of a bizarre game I played ten years ago in the U.S. Championship. The key moment happened around move 15 when, quoting the ChessBase article, Serper "started moving his bishop back and forth between ... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing

    I cannot tell you, my dear readers, how many times I've had this conversation with my younger students while we analyze their games: "What did you try to accomplish with your last move?" "Nothing!" "Then why did you play it?" "I don't know... | Read More

    • No, your opponent didn't cheat...

      It seems a lot of players break out the "he cheated" refrain whenever they lose, particularly online.  If a lower rated player wins, "he cheated." If he seems to be moving fast, yet accurately, "he cheated."  Upsets and good play happen all the ... | Read More

    • My Local Games! Tournament - 1. Surat

      Hey Guys! I'm thinking to post my games of the local tourneys in which i have played or going to play. i will make a series of Blog's post which can be never ending as i'm gonna play countless tourney's in future.  Anyways, Today, as it's my fir... | Read More

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      • | Apr 15, 2014
    • Alien invasion

          Alien invasion    No one saw them coming. It was a mystery where they came from. Only one thing was clear. They were here.  A cube suddenly came out of nowhere, a hundred meters across. It had landed right on top of some houses in K... | Read More

      • D_Gray
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • 5 chess game best of three zuccotti park

      t’s six in the morning in Zucotti Park. Quiet hours started at eleven, but that isn’t stopping the kid behind me from singing and playing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits on his guitar. I politely tolerate it until he starts to play “Rainy Day Wo... | Read More

    • Interesting anecdote about a "touch switch" digital chess clock

      It's my contention that the Chronos "touch switch" chess clocks are the best on the market.  With these clocks, you simply touch the metal disc on your side and it registers - very quick and smooth without having to fully press anything.  The di... | Read More

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  • 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 »