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    • "Boor Bounty" After Party Swiss Double Event Tournament

       Chess Earth Cincy Tornado: "The After Party: Swiss Double"- speed chess tourney $20EF afterwards  Saturday,  Sept  20th,  2014New Start Time: 9:00 am 1st Round Cincinnati Monthly Chess Tournament Our Cincy Tornado's have a n... | Read More

      • Boorchess
      • | Sep 17, 2014
    • USCL Week 3 recap

      It wasn't pretty, but we managed to notch up our first win of the season last Wednesday. Our victims were the Atlanta Kings, who put up an incredible fight despite being apparently outmatched on paper. The win puts NJ in 4th place in the Eastern d... | Read More

    • hey dude,where's my rating points?

      Joe Soap enters a tournament, We're in the same group. He withdraws. but our games have started already, we've played a couple of moves each. But I get no credit, and he pays no price, in rating terms, despite the fact I've beaten him twice. (Kind... | Read More

      • pbeckett
      • | Sep 16, 2014
    • Analysis board

      Being a coach on Chess.com, I've given about 10 lessons via the Analysis Board, a very nice teaching tool which helps convey lessons and materials in a great way that doesn't requiresharing screens and/or computers in Skype / Team Viewer etc. It d... | Read More

    • Blitz will ring Philly Bell

      (Beat Reporter:  Mark LaRocca) The Boston Blitz face the eastern division leader Philadelphia Inventors who are currently undefeated... and deservedly so.  A win would bring the Blitz right back into the thick of things… a loss would… well... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Sarratt, Jacob Henry

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    Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1821) was a chess player and author.   He was a London schoolmaster and the first professional to teach in England.  He was the house professional at the Salopian coffee house in London who played for a guinea per game... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Mathematics and chess

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    The number of possible chess positions after White’s first ply move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves).  There are 400 possible chess positions after two ply moves (first ply move for White followed by first ply move for Black).  Th... Read More »

  • The Impotent Pair

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    The Impotent Pair refers to a RP and Bishop of the "wrong color" that does not control the queening square. If the lone King cannot be prevented from arriving at the queening square ahead of the enemy King the game is a draw. In this diagram the p... Read More »