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  • Honest Abe

    Honest Abe - Chess Player      Although the documentation is rather sparce and anecdotal,  Abraham Lincoln was known to have been a chess player.  Below are a few of the instances where Chess crossed path with Mr. Lincoln. "The Eve... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's Greatest Positional Wins

    José Maria Capablanca was a busy man. A lieutenant in the cavalry division of the Spanish army, he spent his limited free time playing chess with fellow soldiers. One day, his four-year-old-son José Raúl decided to reliev... | Read More

  • 4 Tips To Bounce Back From A Tough Tournament

     The only thing worse than having a bad tournament is having to play another tournament immediately after. If you’re not careful, you may allow your poor performance to affect your subsequent results. Follow the tips below to bounce ... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More


    • Win Gold Membership

      Here is my second attempt to give someone a month long Gold membership! This time it will be really easy to qualify; simply answer a few questions here in the comments and you will have an entry into the contest. In a nutshell, I enjoy putting out... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | May 24, 2015
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    • Memorial Day 2015--The Navy Hymn

      In honor of Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, I offer this article on The Navy Hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save". Here is the song sung by The U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters: https://youtu.be/Bnm-4kSLKdI The original words were written as a poem ... | Read More

      • pikachu4u
      • | May 24, 2015
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    • How I came to play Chess (Part 1)

      When I was very young, I had a friend Carl, who lived near my Grandma. I was so young that for many years now I have not been able to remember his surname.  Carl and I used to play chess when I visited Grandma.   When I was five we moved away f... | Read More

    • Keeping Up The Pressure

      Hi chess friends, I've posted a few times recently about defending difficult positions. To ballance things out I want to show an example of an endgame where a small advantage can slowly grow and turn into a big one and finally a win. While it can... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | May 23, 2015
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    • Napoleon'd

      Can't believe I just let myself get Napoleon'd by a ruskie! My friend Ric taught me that silliness my first game of chess. Doh. I walked right into it. | Read More

      • sephdemtl
      • | May 22, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Rubinstein, Akiba

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    Akiba Rubinstein (1882-1961) was a chess master who claimed he studied chess six hours a day, 300 days a year.  Another 60 days he spent playing in chess tournaments. The remaining five days he rested.   He never ate in public and w... Read More »

  • Nimzovich, Aron

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    Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) was the founder of the hypermodern movement in chess and author of My System.  He would stand on his head during chess events and did exercises in the tournament room.  After losing a game against Saemisch in B... Read More »

  • Maurian, Charles Amedee

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    Charles Amedee Maurian was born on May 21, 1838.  He was the closest and life-long friend of Paul Morphy.  They attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama together where Morphy taught Maurian how to play chess in 1853-54.  In 1... Read More »

  • Maelzel, Johann

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    Johann Maelzel (1772-1838) was a mechanical engineer who bought the automaton called the Turk from Wolfgang von Kempelen's son.  He was the inventor of the metronome in 1816 and was a good friend of Beethoven.  Prince Eugene de Beauh... Read More »