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  • Almost a Champion

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he himself died in 1804.  At th... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: Never Say 'I Have To'

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed: A Lesson Learned?

    This series is about chess lessons and how a chess teacher tries to push key points home. If you are looking for a chess teacher, don’t grab anyone that comes along! Take your time, take a lesson or two from various teachers so you can get a... | Read More

  • Chess Lessons Exposed

    Many players dream of getting chess lessons, though they aren’t quite sure what it would be like. The fact is, the experience (for both the student and teacher) depends on several factors: Question: Does the student want to learn or does h... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More


    • The line between unsound and stupid

      There's a small group at chess dot com devoted to the 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 gambit, where a couple of European players shared some very nice games. My kind of folk, so I joined them, though it smacks of the "guild dinkiness" that I railed against as a g... | Read More

    • weather

      warm at 88F today, nice breeze every now and then. Brunch on the porch with friends and family, and dinner too, lovely day. | Read More

      • Being
      • | Jul 25, 2015
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    • Tactics from a Swindle

      Hi Chess Friends,   Last night I played a five hour game late into the night, against a strong FM in the DC Chess League. After an overly creative (or bad) opening, I was lost for most of the game. Fortunately, despite a missing pawn or two, th... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Jul 25, 2015
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    • Philosophers on Love

      What is love? Is it desirable? It is the same thing as happiness, or perhaps the opposite? Schopenhauer was perhaps the first mainstream philosopher to write primarily about love, both as a moral emotion and generally how two people fall for each... | Read More

    • My be leaving

      Hello to call my friends here I just like to say I could close my account here because some one on this site says I am hitting on women on this site and says I have been says things nasty I have not said anything nasty in my life I have a lot of w... | Read More

      • Neil666
      • | Jul 24, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Duque, Ray III

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    Ray Duque III was born in the Philippines on October 16, 1944. He started playing chess in the early 1960s but stoped playing the game because he was a Bit Player Actor in those years in the Philippines and was dancing the Ballroom/Latin Dancing w... Read More »

  • Adly, Ahmed

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    Ahmed Adly, born Feb 19, 1987, was the first Egyptian Grandmaster (2005), and the youngest-ever from Africa.  In 2001, he was African Under-20 champion.  In 2003, he contracted malaria while playing in a chess tournament in Nigeria. ... Read More »

  • Stroebeck

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    Village in the Harz Mountains, near Halberstadt in eastern Germany.   Legend has it that in 1011 A.D., Henry II of Germany decreed that the Wendish Count of Gungelin be delivered to the Bishop of Stroebeck, to be kept in solitary confine... Read More »

  • Correspondence chess

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    Perhaps the first reputed correspondence game of chess was played in 1119 by King Henry I (1068-1135)  of England and King Louis VI (1081-1137) of France. The earliest  known postal game was between a Dutch army officer named Freidrich W... Read More »