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  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

  • The Killer Instinct

         There are many definitions for the concept, "killer instinct."  One of the better ones I found, from, tell us it's "an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal."       Maybe it was an eventual p... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer's Chess Jab

    In my previous articles, I discussed two "chess boxing" combos,  "The Chess Uppercut" and "The Chess Sucker Punch."  Today, I'll show you "Fischer's Jab." The definition of a jab is "a quick, sharp blow, especially with the fist... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: Ridiculous Endgame

    Last week, we presented the first part of my intermediate-level blitz chess game, annotated by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili and checked by Stockfish 6, in an effort to learn from my predictably subpar play. Now, let’s proudly conclude th... | Read More

    • Sinquefield 08: Carlsen forgives Nakamura

      Sinquefield 08: Carlsen forgives Nakamura by Alejandro Ramirez 9/1/2015 – Today's round featured three solid draws, after which two very long games were the only ones left in the playing hall. Giri suffered slightly against Caruana as he lost ... | Read More

    • Two pawns for one minute

      Long time ago, when I was learning to play chess in my hometown of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in Russia, we used to play quite a lot of blitz. We were mostly playing for the fun of it, so the mood was relaxed and talking during the game was n... | Read More

      • ddt_ru
      • | Aug 28, 2015
    • Worst Game Ever (be the judge)

      Biggest *EPIC FAIL* in recent games:               Now obviously, after 23. Nd4?? black should play 23...Qc5! threatening Qa3-Qb2 mate and just taking the piece. White cannot defend both threats, and black will gain an advantage. ... | Read More

      • Samsch
      • | Aug 28, 2015
    • Astrological online report - discount!

      I have just received my 'personalized astrological report' from and I like it. There is a discount available only for a day or so, so if anybody thinks of buying one for yourself don't miss it! Just write CLOCK in your order and yo... | Read More

    • Get Your Puzzle Rating!

      Ok so here's how this works. Get a timer or preferably a chess clock. Put 3 minutes on that clock at the beginning of each series. If you get all of puzzle #1 right, give yourself 3 points and put 4 minutes on the clock. If you get puzzle #1 wron... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 25, 2015

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 »