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  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    I’ve talked to countless chess fans over the years and though all serious chess players have their favorite chess heroes, many of them aren’t in touch with the human side of the chess legends. This is the first of two articles showing some of ... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • Shadow Pictures of the Vienna Players

         The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898, one of many tournaments sponsored by Albert von Rothschild, ran from May 31 to July 25 and was played at the Vienna Chess Club.  It attracted many strong and now-famous masters. Tarrasch and Pillsb... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

    • Newsletter #53 ~ Next Stop, Vegas!

      This is the last newsletter before the tournament begins on October 8th. We have lots of exciting news to report.  Millionaire Square Prize  It seems like a crazy thought, but one lucky chess player may walk away from the MCO a million dollars... | Read More

    • Rook Endgames 101 - "Lucena" Rook Pawn

      Hello, chess friends and welcome to the next installment of the "Rook Endgames 101" series. Last time we looked at the Philidor Position. This time, we will be looking at the "Lucena position" with a rook pawn. The term "Lucena" is being used ... | Read More

      • rocklands
      • | Oct 2, 2015
    • The Player of Games 1: The Game

      I've been reading a lot of fiction this year (on average, a novel every 5-6 days), and I sincerely hope it has no direct correlation with the fact that I've lost rating points in every FIDE-rated tournament; but there've been some great novels rel... | Read More

      • nekochabo
      • | Sep 30, 2015
    • The Chess Player Card!

        How to Get a Chess Player Card     When people hear the term “chess player,” it is often associated with the skittish, nerdy kids wearing battered, taped up spectacles and pocket protectors. However, you will find that chess players... | Read More

    • Cool Art and Chess Weekend

      First autumn days kind of cut warm and sunny weather here in Zagreb and brought boring rain, northern wind and cold. Nothing to enjoy much. So, opening my and friend's latest photo exxhibition "Hunting The Light - Nature Dreams" seemed to pass unn... | Read More

      • TigiBorg
      • | Sep 30, 2015

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 »