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  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen.  I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the ... | Read More

  • Bobby Fischer's Overlooked Gem

    Officially released on September 16, the biographical thriller Pawn Sacrifice is the latest development in an ongoing chess renaissance. Directed by Academy Award-winning producer and filmmaker Edward Zwick, Pawn Sacrifice offers a ... | Read More

  • Tigran Petrosian And The Queen's Indian

    Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More

  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

  • 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

    • Rook vs Knight Endgames

      Hello Chess Fans, A King & Knight vs a King & Rook Endgame is a theoretical draw; however there are several RULES you need to know to maintain the draw if you're playing with the knight: 1. Keep the king and knight close together.  I... | Read More

    • 2015 Monroeville Autumn Open

      Another laid-back local (actually, only for the Monroeville folk) G/45, 4-round Swiss. Interestingly enough, I continue to do well here (+7 = 3 -1 against serious opposition) despite 4 hours of sleep and cold, early mornings. I won today's tournam... | Read More

    • #31 1992 NC Scholastic Championships

      << #30 Phi Kappa Blanca XL -- #32 >>  Tournament #31 : 1992 NC Scholastic Championships, 3/7/92 Charlotte, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  Open (College) Time Control:  ??? <Crosstable>   March '92 ended up being a ver... | Read More

      • dl_leonine
      • | Oct 3, 2015
    • HUGE rating drops

      Am I the only person here that sometimes has sudden huge rating drops? It's ridiculous. My rating literally goes up 300 and down 300 then up 300 then back down 300. Seems like if I hang my queen in a game, I start hanging pieces more and more ofte... | Read More

    • Missed Opportunity

      During an online game that I was playing, my opponent played an interesting move in the winawer. It looked good due to the fact that it got his Queen into the game and aimed it at my King, however it turns out that his move was actually a blunder ... | Read More

      • Graber7
      • | Oct 3, 2015
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Video Lessons


  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »

  • Deimante Daulyte

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    Deimantė Daulytė (born 1989) is a Lithuanian chess woman grandmaster. She won the women's Lithuanian Chess Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. She qualified for the Women's World Chess Championship 2014 (eventually played in 2015)... Read More »

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »