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  • How to win a lot of games exploiting a serious common opening mistake

    I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns (a and h files) up one square to keep Bishops and Knights from giving pins or threatening fork... | Read More

  • The Two Best Coaching Groups @

    NM aww-rats free video lessons group Dan Heisman Learning Center If you join and take advantage of what we offer, your chess will improve! It's really no contest if you look at what we offer. No other coaching group compares on all fronts: 1) ... | Read More

  • 5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Chess More

    1. Slow Down chess clock with symbolic time by Kristoffersonschach |CC Blitz and bullet chess are great fun, but can you really appreciate the subtle beauty of the game when you're making a move every two seconds? Maybe if you&rsq... | Read More

  • A historic tournament to start on July 5!

    Would you like to play in a weekend tournament (over the next two weekends) with a time control of 90 30 (That's 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment each move) without having to travel? You can do it on in this historic event. This is ... | Read More

  • Kolisch: Unknown Tactical Monster

    (I want to thank’s finest chess historian, batgirl, for articles shared, the photos you see in this article, and her very useful feedback when I asked her about Kolisch. If you don’t follow her blogs and articles you are foolishly de... | Read More

    • Correspondence game, KRPvKR ending

      This is one of the more entertaining games I've played recently.  Some of the headers have been changed so as to not advertise the chess website where I played this game.  I've self-annotated, and edited the annotations later with input from Sto... | Read More

      • PsyMar2
      • | Aug 16, 2014
    • Minor Piece Battle: 2 Knights Caged and Slaughtered in a Closed Position

      At a gig, upon learning I play chess, I was challenged to a 3-day correspondence game by my musical colleague Bill.  Little did I know he is competitive USCF player with a live tournament rating of over 1900!  This slav game (Schallop Defe... | Read More

      • Mixologist
      • | Aug 13, 2014
    • 200 points in two months.

      As some of you may know, I am a college student. This only gives me about two months for improvement every year. At the start of summer break, I was rated about 1550 in correspondence on here. Now, I was in a bit of a slump, but fairly soon, I exp... | Read More

    • Annotated 2

      This was a correspondence game that I played with my best friend, Alex Kritskiy. I always have fantastic games with him, and I always learn a lot from the games we play together. He's my biggest rival and best teacher. I'd hate it if there ever c... | Read More

    • Correspondence Chess - My Experiences So Far

      My main training goal is to acheive a master-level rating OTB. However, with four childrean under the age of 8, I don't have a whole lot of free time to spend traveling to and playing in OTB tournaments. This is where correspondence chess fits per... | Read More

      • Ace_Club
      • | Jul 24, 2014

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended.  The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5).  The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Feb... Read More »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • Purdy, Cecil

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    Cecil Purdy (1906-1979) was a Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (1953) and winner of the first world correspondence chess championship (1950-1953). In 1923, at the age of 17, he won the New Zealand Championship.  In 1929 he founded the Australa... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »

  • 1935 in chess

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    In 1935, the magazine CHESS was founded by B.H. Wood in Sutton Coldfield. In January 1935, Isaac Kashdan and A. Kupchik tied for 1st in the Manhattan Chess Club championship.  After dividing the prize money, they played one game to decide the Cl... Read More »