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  • Magnus Carlsen's Best Endgame Wins

    Last week, we dissected Magnus Carlsen's positional mastery by examining two of his finest strategic victories. However, modern chess demands universality, and it is impossible to become world champion and attain the highest rating in history thro... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Dec 21, 2012

    The Mongoose Press Prize for the best question went to LazyChessPlayer for: "One of the rules of blitz games is you can only move when your clock is running and you can not move until your opponent has pressed his clock. Although I heard of thi... | Read More

  • Russian Superfinal-2012

    The main Russian chess event of the year started on August 2nd in Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow. 10 male and 10 female chess players were to compete for the title of the Russian Chess Champion. In each section, the contestants were: three ... | Read More

  • Canadian Tour 2: Quebec Open

    After the Canadian Open Championship, there was a week pause, and then the Canadian chess circuit continued with the Quebec Open from July 23-30. In 1967, the Quebec chess federation was created in reason of the conflict between chess players fr... | Read More

  • Karpov-Beliavsky, Tilburg 1986

    Alexander Beliavsky was born December 17, 1953 in Lviv, Ukraine. He won the World Junior Championship in 1973 and the USSR Championship in 1974, 1980, 1987, and 1990. In 1983, Beliavsky lost to Garry Kasparov in a quarterfinal Candidates match. He... | Read More

    • "What's Your Highest Rating in Chess.com?"

      The highest rating I have ever achieved in blitz is 2304, and the highest I've ever acheived in bullet is 2275, while in standard time controls I had 'only' 2226... I know I still have a lot to go considering there are GMs here with 3000+ rating... | Read More

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      • | Mar 7, 2015
    • Become an IM (International Master)

      Would you be interested in becoming a master in chess an expert or international master? I'm currently rated 2300 my highest rating was 2364 fide. I have one of the best propositions there are right now in chess lessons. Here's the deal you help m... | Read More

      • BecomeanIM
      • | Jan 14, 2015
    • Group Matches Unfair Rating Pairings

      The players of the highest ratings should be paired, then, next highest rating, etc... I do not mind if I must play a higher rated opponent, still, what is fair in the minds of the TD & members of each group - should be of great importance to ... | Read More

      • pawntoss
      • | Dec 14, 2014
    • Magnus Carlsen and Rise of the Quants

      The mainstream media and chess public are endlessly fascinated by the chess #1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway. So am I. Yes, he is the reigning World champion with the highest rating anyone has ever achieved. In this number-obsessed world it is someth... | Read More

    • Top Chess Players in History: #7 Harry Nelson Pillsbury

      Previous Player: #6 Akiba Rubinstein Harry Nelson Pillsbury (December 5, 1872 - June 17, 1906)Country: USA Highest World Ranking: #1 Highest Rating: 2816 Like a comet that flies through the night sky then disappears shortly after, Harry Nel... | Read More

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »