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  • 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

  • The Mysterious Chess Doctor

    There are many famous personalities in the history of chess. People talk about them, write books about them and follow their games. But there is an even bigger number of unknown chess players who never achieved any great tournament results or disc... | Read More

  • Find Your Own "Miracle" Opening!

    The year was 1985.  Garry Kasparov just became the world champion, and together with his mentor, ex-world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, he was running the first session of the famous Botvinnik-Kasparov school. A group of young aspiring c... | Read More

  • The Lion of Chess

           A long, long time ago. . . in September of 1706 in Amsterdam to be exact, a man named Mr. Caze dated his manuscript on chess, "Instruction pour ce livre d'échecs : contenant les diverses manieres de jouer le gambit," in a letter of ... | Read More

  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More


    • The Best Chess Books Ever Part 1

      This is a huge chess topic. Almost everyone has an opinion on this, and below is mine. PART 1- THE ULTIMATE TOP 10 My System - Nimzowitsch This is most definitely not an unpopular choice. It is hailed by many as the greatest and most influential ... | Read More

    • The Baden Baden chess tournament

      If you are vaguely aware of the chess history you might wonder: 'Baden Baden' where did I hear this name before? Well the Grenke Chess Classic is not the first chess tournament held in this spa town. In fact the first super tournament in the hist... | Read More

    • Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian

      Introduction to Najdorf Sicilian (IM Jose Gascón)           The Najdorf Sicilian its probably the most popular defense of entire history of chess against 1.e4... The Najdorf starts after            The popularity of this defe... | Read More

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    • The Eternal Second: Paul Keres (part 2)

      This is the second installment of the blog concerning the well known Estonian grandmaster Paul Keres, by many considered the greatest player to never be world champion. The last installment ended with Keres finishing with a good score in his first... | Read More

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      • | Jan 18, 2015
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    • Life and the Luzhin Defense | An Honest Look at Chess and Psychosis

      View the original version of this post at Campfire Chess. In the 1930s, the world was entering into a time of upheaval. The Soviet Revolution had solidified itself into the lives of the Russian people and Germany was in the midst of economic tra... | 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 »

  • 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 »