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  • Today's Guest

         Below is an article published in several periodicals in late 1900. It appeared just shortly after the death of Wilhelm Steinitz and offers some astute appraisals of the chess players who contributed to the development of chess in the 2nd ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other Chess.com departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • Little Mother

         In the 1890s women's chess in England, as in most places, was considered nearly inconsequential.  To bring this arena to the forefront required dedication, energy and persistance.  It so happened that many of the women who had those re... | Read More

  • Catalans

         Joan Carbó i Batlle was born the same year as Paul Morphy.  In fact, Batlle was just 3 weeks older than his more famous contemporary. Also a lawyer, though born in Tarragona, Catalonia, Batlle with his two friends, Judge Josep-Salvi F... | Read More


    • Ça plane pour moi or Rapid chess tournaments in Płock and Bydgoszcz

      My friend Piotr doesn’t miss any opportunity to play in rapid chess tournaments in Toruń and nearby towns recently. When early February he offered me a shared trip to Płock to play in the local Grand Prix series, I agreed instantly, since it... | Read More

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    • Sometimes you need a break - sometimes to make a break

      I dropped over 30 groups yesterday.  I left numerous admin positions. I severed some relationships. Not to be vindictive or to cause problems, but to try and regain a clear mind, and avoid any more damage. I had a health issue a couple of weeks... | Read More

    • The windup toy

      There was an eerie sight when the windup toy decided to do whatever it wanted. It went for a jog. It wound its own windup knob and headed on out. It was comprised of an robot head with lacquer and blue eyes. It really wasn't afraid of much. When ... | Read More

    • Rd. 1 - 2nd Annual FM Ron Simpson Memorial

      Tonight started a bittersweet weekend as we remember our fallen friend FIDE Master Ron Simpson in a tournament named in his honor. Ron has been deeply missed in our community as he was a positive influence on everyone he met on the chess circuit. ... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Mar 27, 2015
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    • LIVE Blitz Chess Commentary #306: Queen's Gambit Declined, Slav w/ 4.e3

      This is a blitz chess game I played against a friend who sent me a challenge while streaming at twitch.tv/ChessNetwork. Time controls are set at 3 minutes per player with a 2 second increment. https://youtu.be/GEQNQuwFTZo | 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 »