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  • What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever?

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... | Read More

  • The Little Chess Village, Part I

    This image comes from "The Book of Games" comissioned by Alphonso X, 1283 Prologue      The most significant event to occur in the history of chess was the transformation of the game from its Medieval form into its Modern form.  This metam... | Read More

  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • Louis Paulsen II

         I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at Chess.com of which I'll consider this an extension.      Why write more on Louis Paulsen?  I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More

  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More


    • Funny Chess Video

      An evoking match occurred between Kasparov and Short. They resorted to a classical start using e4. The middle game is where we saw the history of chess come up. One audience member, Rapier, was ecstatic about it and said, "That's how chess has b... | Read More

    • Is Magnus Carlsen untouchable?

      Magnus Carlsen is by far the greatest player of our generation, there is no doubt about it, but there is a big question, who is next? If we look back in the history of chess, we can see a lot of great players for which people tought that they were... | Read More

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      • | Jul 13, 2015
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    • Spirit of Greco

      Should aspiring chess players study the games of players who have been dead for more than a century? In an interview conducted while he was World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik answered in the affirmative. I think that if a player wants to achieve mu... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 7, 2015
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    • RIP GM Walter Browne: GM Alex Yermolinsky Remembered the American Legend

      GM Alex Yermolinsky ¨Uncle Yermo¨ pays tribute to American Grandmaster Walter S. Browne tonight on Old School Analysis. GM Yermo will share a few of Browne's greatest games and his personal recollections of the former U.S. Champ. Please co... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | Jun 29, 2015
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    • The Night is Young, As is My Journey

      It has been very short, yet an interesting journey so far. Chess is a  game that I first learned to play at a very young age, however it was a game I seldom played. Maybe 3 or 4 times in a year, perhaps...If that. Now at the age of 21 I am findin... | Read More




  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... 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 »

  • Chess

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    Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark). The earliest known ancestor of modern chess ... 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 »

  • 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 »