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  • Unmovable Feast

    In the US, *the* annual chess celebration is not the exclusive and elite US Championship, but the World Open – the biggest US open tournament hosted in Philadelphia. Many sacrifice their time with family during the long weekend to get a shot... | Read More

  • Best of British (part 1)

    Rounds 5 & 6 of the Four Nations Chess League -better known as the 4NCL- took place at the weekend in the beautiful, upmarket Sunningdale Park Hotel complex near London. This team tournament is traditionally a fiercely contested event, and ... | Read More


    • Game of the Week #1: Grischuk-Rodshtein

      For almost five consecutive years (January 2009-November 2013) I have been covering the weekly updates in opening theory with my friends IM Merijn van Delft and Peter Doggers. Researching the latest developments almost became an addiction for me a... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Sep 17, 2014
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    • No "Closer" in ARZ - BOS draw

      (Beat Reporter: Mark LaRocca) Those of us in the New England area surely remember the fiasco that was the Boston Red Sox "Closer by Committee".  The lesson learned was that if you have two closers... then you have none... and that's just the pro... | Read More

    • Meet the Knockouts

      Hello again chess world! We're back for another exciting season of US Chess League action. 2 new teams, the Atlanta Kings and the Rio Grande Ospreys, have joined the fray with high-powered lineups, increasing the league to 18 teams. This led to a ... | Read More

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      • nptmc
      • | Jul 13, 2014
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    • Game of the Week: Attacking the King in a R + B Endgame

      This is my first official blog post, so I'll try to keep it simple. When you think about attacking the enemy king, positions come to mind from the middlegame, with queens and several other pieces on the board. However, what stood out about about... | Read More




  • Kaidanov, Gregory

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    Gregory Kaidanov, born Oct 11, 1959, is a Grandmaster (1988) who was Russian Boys under-14 champion in 1972.  He won the New York Open in 1990.  In 1992 he won the World Open, the US Open, the National Open, and the Novag Grand Prix.&nbs... Read More »

  • Steinitz, William (Wilhelm)

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    William (Wilhelm) Steinitz (1836-1900) was the official world champion from 1866 to 1894.  Steinitz took 6th place in the London 1851 tournament.  After the tournament, he challenged the 5th place finisher to a match. Steinitz won. ... Read More »

  • Marshall, Frank

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    Frank Marshall (1877-1944) was the first American to defeat a Soviet player in an international tournament (New York, 1924).  He reigned as U.S. Champion for 29 years, but only defended his title once when he defeated Ed Lasker (5-4) in 1923.... Read More »

  • Prisons and chess

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    In 1960 Bobby Fischer gave a simultaneous exhibition at Rikers Island prison.  He defeated all 20 prisoners while 2,400 inmates watched the exhibition and the prison band played.  In 1971 a prisoner failed to return to Western Penitentia... Read More »