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  • Bobby Fischer's Beautiful Bishops

    Bobby Fischer was one of the most well-rounded players in history. He was at once a tactical wizard and a positional genius, a theoretical expert and a peerless endgame player. He was essentially unbeatable in match play largely because his oppo... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 8

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age... | Read More

  • University Simul with NM Dane Mattson University Instructor NM Dane Mattson will be playing an online chess simul on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (PDT) right here on! The games will be played in's Live Chess server. The time cont... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 7

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More

    • Dumped & Ugly (Andrea's drama)

      * Warning NOT chess related. If you're going to whine this isn't chess related just go away now. *   So, I have got a bunch of PMs asking me why a seemingly "hot" girl would be here when I could be somewhere else. the answer to this is actually... | Read More

    • Loving That Girl of Destiny

      I've got plenty of emails recently asking how to love a girl, specially if that girl is your soulmate, a girl who also knows how to play chess. I can tell that there are several ways to show your love to the person whom you love. One way around is... | Read More

    • # 3 Erwin's Place

      I have had this friend and we go back 8 years. He's a smart and humble gentleman and I miss the days when we would sit over a board in Pawnshop and play. Those were simpler times.  | Read More

    • FAST Club

      Filipino American of Skokie Tennis Club friendly matches | Read More

    • "An absolute disgrace" Elite Players Miss Chances to Promote Chess

      The World Chess Championship is the highlight of the chess year, so it makes sense for chess to put its best foot forward for the fans and onlookers. Are chess’ elite players doing enough to promote the sport? What do you think about wh... | Read More

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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 »