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  • 13 Songs With Chess Lyrics

    Chess and music have been linked throughout history. Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies. The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • 5 Openings To Learn In 2015

    A new calendar year, for many people, means a chance for a new beginning. January is a month to consider new possibilities, to improve yourself, and to make a fresh plan for the upcoming year. In many ways, a new year is like a chessboard in t... | Read More

  • Garry Kasparov's Best Attacks

    I clearly remember that day in March 2005 when Garry Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess. I was convinced that it was all a misunderstanding, that my days of waking up at dawn to watch Garry massacre one super-GM after... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History

    The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | Read More

    • Gibraltar Masters 2015. Fire On The Board

      January 27 has started a big chess festival comprising a powerful Open tournament, which takes place in the overseas territory of the UK - the picturesque Gibraltar. Photo Louis Cantillo. In the main event, you can see eight 2700+ GMs, includin... | Read More

    • January 27: Parliament of Ukraine adopted a resolution "About Appeal to the UN and other"

      Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament of Ukraine, Supreme Council of Ukraine) adopted a resolution "About Appeal to the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the ... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Jan 28, 2015
    • the Evergreen

      The Evergreen       By fire’s light and muscle’s sweat,   Amidst the needles of the Evergreen,   Sweet songs sung by the wind in the leaves,   Whispering gently to only me.       Smoke rises high above the Evergreen,  ... | Read More

      • ABaldwin67
      • | Jan 27, 2015
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    • 2015 Iowa Denker/Barber Candidates Tournament

      2015 Iowa Denker/Barber Candidates Tournament Coverage by James Neal The last time I had the pleasure of attending the Denker/Barber Candidates tournament was in the winter of 2004 as a contender. That year I scored a paltry 1.5/5.0 with the only... | Read More

      • jneezy86
      • | Jan 27, 2015
    • Beat the Losing Streak

      This has been a rough few weeks for me in online and correspondence chess. I recently matched my live chess losing streak of eight games in standard time control (15|10), which was incredibly disappointing given that I had improved so much over t... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Fire of Squad

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    Fire of Squad, or the Two Rook Checkmate is a type of checkmate using two rooks, a queen and a rook or two queens. It consists in forcing the king to one border of the board and making a checkmate there. Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »

  • Turk

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    Nickname of the first automaton.  Made by Wolfgang von Kempelen in 1789.  Operators included Allgaier in 1809, Weyle in 1818, Boncourt in 1818, William Lewis in 1818 to 1819, Mouret in 1820, and Schlumberger (1826 to 1838).  It was ... Read More »

  • Club, chess

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    The world's first chess club was organized in Italy in 1550. The first chess club in England was Slaughter's Coffee House, founded in London, England in 1715.  The oldest chess club in Europe is the Zurich Chess Club, founded in 1809... Read More »

  • Bosnia

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    In 1993, a person was shot and killed while playing a chess game in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the first to die from sniper fire while playing chess.   The first chess championship of Bosnia-Herzegovina was held in 1994, won by Rade Milovanovic... Read More »