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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





  • 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 »