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  • Living Chess

         Chess has had some difficulty throughout the years in presenting itself as a form of public entertainment. There has been some isolated cases where chess made good TV and even a few instances where chess was limelighted and managed to ca... | Read More

  • Requiem for a Romantic

    Chess is a reflection of life. Our modern lives go faster and so too do the time controls we play today. When I tell kids that I played the so-called Capablanca's time control (two hours and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves) and then the game wou... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 4): His Prime Years

    I left Part 3 of this 7-part series with Alekhine beating Capablanca in their World Championship. Here’s how that article ended: The match itself was a long, extremely tiring affair that covered 34 games before Alekhine achieved the necess... | Read More

  • Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!

    Rudolf Spielmann was born in Vienna on May 5, 1883, and he learned how to play chess at a very young age. Reti, in his classic book Masters of the Chessboard, said this: “He learned to play while still a boy and was exhibited in public as ... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 3): The New Plan

    The “Plan” Fails In Part Two of our Alekhine series, I described Alekhine’s plan to force a match with Capablanca: “Play against the world’s best and win every tournament, thus showing that he was the true challenger to the title. And, ... | Read More


    • History of Chess in India

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      • Diriyah
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    • Why the Caro Kann is perfection in Black

      New players have a lot of things to learn when they come to chess in their early days of playing. I recall the 'fights' over "cheating" with enpassant pawns and 'ah-idiot; you castled the "wrong" way, thats the Queens' side'... With so many thing... | Read More

      • crok
      • | Jun 10, 2014
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    • The Greatest Game in the History by Garry Kasparov

      The chess game played in 1999 that produced a mixture of deep tactical and strategic ideas,  Kasparov later said, -It is the greatest game in the history of chess. The sheer number of ideas, the complexity, and the contribution it has made to che... | Read More

    • Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of chess?

      I heard an interesting conversational question the other day - "Who would you carve into the Mount Rushmore of X." Where X can be any category of interest - e.g. chess. Naturally, I couldn't help but mull over who my choices would be. I think this... | Read More

      • SamCopeland
      • | Apr 15, 2014
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    • Worst. Tournament. Ever.

      “Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people want to shoot themselves.” - GargleBlaster *** Hello again, and welcome to the, er... actually,  I've lost count of how many blogs/articles (blogicles?) I've now written o... | Read More




  • Chess

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    Chess is a game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64 square board.The earliest known ancestor of modern chess was an Indian game called Chaturanga, where the knight, King and Rooks moved the same but ... 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 »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Karjakin, Sergey

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    Sergey Karjaki is a Ukrainian Grandmaster, born in simferopol, Ukraine on January 12, 1990,later moved to russia.   On August 20, 2002, at the age of 12 years and 7 months, he was the youngest grandmaster in history.  He was the world champion ... Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »