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  • An Amateur "Immortal"

                                 So I was logged on ICC when a friend of mine said "JMB, I have a game to show you!" When he showed me I was blown away. I could only dream of playing such a game! To be honest, if someone ... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation

    Serious opening preparation is a must for all chess professionals. At times, the preparation is mundane: NORMAL OPENING PREPARATION  1) You decide to play a new opening that had attracted you for years, or you saw something new and exc... | Read More

  • Living Chess

         Chess has had some difficulty throughout the years in presenting itself as a form of public entertainment. There has been some isolated cases where chess made good TV and even a few instances where chess was limelighted and managed to ca... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #49 - Happy Independence Day!

    Professor: Happy Independence Day, Class! Lucian: You mean happy July Fourth, don’t you? Zephyr: They’re the same day. Thomas: That’s the way the Founding Fathers planned it. Zephyr: Maybe the Founding Mothers had the sam... | Read More

  • The Chess Terminator

    This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most influential movies of all time: The Terminator! Is there any person on Earth who hasn't said "I'll be back," imitating the great Arnold?  Even though The Terminator is just a sc... | Read More

    • I have been fortunate in life

      I am not a rich person, in terms of monetary wealth, but I am comfortable after my career.  I was not raised with a "silver spoon" in my mouth.  I have an old china pattern, some inherited silverware, and a garden I call my own. But, I think it... | Read More

    • Near Perfect Game!

      Hey friends! Tonight, I played a championship game at my club.  I was up against a chap named Josh and I have to win to maintain 3rd position, half a point behind 2nd and only one point behind 1st.  This is the penultimate round.  Time control... | Read More

      • BorgQueen
      • | Jul 11, 2014
    • Ugh! Why me?

      So a few days ago I get a friend request from a seemingly nice young man in a foreign country.  We have a short, pleasant chat.  Nothing out of the ordinary. Then yesterday, he messages me, and says he is not doing well.  So I ask what the pro... | Read More

    • 2013-2014 Training Recap

      My chess "fiscal year" ended June 30, 2014, when I completed my first year of serious chess training in my effort to achieve a herculean goal as an adult improver in his mid-forties. So how did it go? It generally went well. I know I have im... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 10, 2014
    • grimantogra

      I want to post about the member called grimantogra. grimantogra is nice and active. he is friends with me on this site. he says nice things. he is all the way from italy. The Build A Bear Workshop is international. But I (Ginger) am from America. ... | Read More

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 »