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    • Most unlikely victory ever

      Hello, non-existent readers! For my first ever blog post, I'll share the first rated correspondence game I played on, about two months ago. It was absolutely terrible on my part. I was up against a pretty good opponent, and even if I h... | Read More

    • How to improve your online chess

      How to improve your correspondence (online) Chess game. 1.    Look up the opening positions in an opening manual or database.  (yes this is legal and ethical as long as you are using books or static lookups in a database.) Don’t use a ches... | Read More

    • University's Youth and Novice Camp Concludes - Video Recordings Available University taught its online youth and novice chess camp from September 27th-28th, 2014. Chess enthusiasts from around the world gathered online to learn chess from popular University instructors. Besides learning chess, camp... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 10, 2014
    • Tournament players: Determine your playing strength from your results!

      What is your rating and how strong do you think you are? Read on and I'll show you how to decide this.   We know ratings measure your playing strength, but do you belong at your current rating or are you underrated? For USCF members, your ratin... | Read More

      • aww-rats
      • | Oct 6, 2014
    • 2014 Alabama State Championship

      Last weekend was the Alabama State Championship.  Even though I knew I couldn't play in the last two games (reducing my winning chances), I still decided to play in it for the experience  Before the tournament I had decided my calculation neede... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Sep 29, 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 »