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  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 11

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket: Finals

    Who is the greatest world chess champion ever? Magnus Carlsen defeated Vishy Anand yesterday in the 2014 world chess championship in Sochi to defend his title. Meanwhile, the All-Time World Chess Championship... | Read More

  • Ryan Wins Pandolfini's Class Chess Tournament

    Professor: Well class, it's all over. Zephyr: You mean life itself? Professor: No, just the class tournament. Zephyr: Oh that. Hale: I thought it was a pretty good event. Professor: In fact, let's give a big hand to our new class champio... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

    • A brief example of a 'fishing trip' that can turn out for the better..

      Hi everyone. In my previous blog post a day or so ago, I shared with you all a couple of illustrations highlighting what can happen when inaccurate, imprudent attacking goes horribly wrong, partially due to a lack of concentration. Here today tho... | Read More

      • KB24_GOAT
      • | Nov 25, 2014
    • Challenge Magnus Carlsen on Chess.com

      PRESS RELEASE -- Chess.com LLC has partnered with World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen and his company Play Magnus, who have created the app of the same namesake. Below you'll read about this exclusive opportunity to challenge Carlsen live. B... | Read More

    • Move by Move Chess Improvement moved to Blogs

      After some Chess.com reorganization, I have been required to switch my Move by Move Chess Improvement column to the blogs section.   This will be an introductory issue and thus will not contain puzzles as in the full issues (but future issues w... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Nov 24, 2014
    • Vishy's Brilliancy

      Yesterday, I watched Anand fail to regain his title. I expected Carlsen to win, but I wanted one absolutely brilliant win from Vishy along the way—something to hold Vishy’s head high on the plane home.  Over the board, despite his one win, th... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Nov 24, 2014
    • ChessIQ November Plus Score

      On Saturday I played in the open section of the ChessIQ November Plus Score. This was the first time I qualified for the open section of a tournament, and it meant that the competition was tough. However, I thought I proved myself equal to the tas... | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Nov 23, 2014
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Video Lessons


  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »

  • Capablanca, Jose

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    Cuban-born, Jose Capablanca (1888-1942) was American-educated and sent to a private school (Woodycliff School of South Orange) in New Jersey when he was 16 in 1904.  He joined the Manhattan Chess Club at that time and impressed many of the pl... Read More »

  • Biyiasas, Peter

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    Peter Biyiasas, born Nov 19, 1950 in Greece, is a Canadian Grandmaster (1978) who later moved to the United States.  He has won the Canadian championship twice (1972, 1975).  In 1978 he won the World Open.  In 1981 Bobby Fischer sta... Read More »

  • Sultan Khan, Mir

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    Mir Sultan Khan (1905-1966) was the winner of the All-Indian championship and in five years he was the winner of the Championship of the British Empire three times and played on top board for England in three Olympiads.   He was born in ... Read More »