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  • Chess-Playing Machines

         Dr. Richard Eales' great book "Chess: the History of a Game" in part traces the popularity of mostly modern chess through time.  I was chagrined, however, by its minor mention of the Turk in this regard.  Obviously I consider the explo... | Read More

  • Mastering Squares, Part 4

    In our first two installments of “Mastering Squares,” we looked at some extremely instructive positions from one of my students. In the third installment, I stepped back and looked at square basics. Now that everyone is “on poi... | Read More

  • 5 Skills Chess Teaches Kids

    Chess can serve as an extremely powerful education tool. It instills key lessons that aren’t directly taught in the classroom. Through my own chess upbringing beginning when I was five years old, and later through passing on knowledg... | Read More

  • Perrin

         Although his association with Paul Morphy was somewhat minimal, Frederick Perrin's chess career was very often viewed though Morphy-colored glasses. When Morphy first arrived in New York for his national debut, Perrin was the first man h... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

    • Fight over norms or The classification tournaments in the Flisak club

      For the first time in my life I went to the chess tournament with the intention of not playing. Two classification tournaments organized last weekend by Tomasz Wodzyński in the Flisak club provided opportunities to score norms I already hav... | Read More

      • AdamPitula
      • | Feb 26, 2015
    • Benefits of Chess

      Chess makes people smarter. This is a fact and has been proven.One of the highest IQs in the world is possessed by former world champion Garry Kasparov, who is regarded by many as the best chess player ever. He has a whopping IQ of 190. The way I... | Read More

    • OTB chess in Taipei

      This is mostly relevant to Taipei / Taiwan based chess friends. Since 2012 we have been meeting on Wednesday evenings at Starbucks on ShiDa Road. A few weeks ago, the admin of the facebook group changed the location on FB to Vinyl Decision, a rec... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Feb 24, 2015
    • nature of chess player

      nature of chess player is difficult puzzle , can't be solve by any way .I played with many people online not only at but many other site .. all chess players have common nature ....... they aren't social . they hate to speak , don't want... | Read More

    • Developing Prophylactic Thinking. Part III

      In previous lessons we have learned to develop our "prophylactic thinking" based solely on the concrete opponent’s threats. In the first part, these threats were tactical - without the ability to see and defend against which it is impossible to ... | Read More

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 »