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  • A Week in Chicago, Part 1

    I recently participated in an IM norm tournament in Chicago. This was an unusual kind of tournament for me - and you might find it strange that a tournament for international master norms would have grandmasters. Most of the tournaments in which I... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

  • The Rock Scrapbook

    Scrapbook Prologue:      The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Feb 21, 2014

    "I get really nervous during important games; what should I do?" "I get really worried about my rating. Do you have any suggestions?" I think these two questions, while undoubtedly different, are in some senses closely related. As I have noted, ... | Read More

  • The First U.S. Women Champion - Mona May Karff

         If you look on Wikipedia, or for that matter on almost any website that mentions it, including the official USCF website and the site of the US Chess Trust,  You will notice that all these places honor Adele Rivero as the first officia... | Read More

    • The Queensland Junior CHess Team Championships

      All of the details on who won there chess rounds will be available here. Also, feel free to inform me of any players that I haven't invited that are in the Queensland Junior Chess Team and I wish you all of the best in The Queensland Junior Chess ... | Read More

      • Hughston
      • | Apr 13, 2014
    • This is Ukraine today. 06/04/2014 .10 languages.

      Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!Russia has carried out an act of aggression towards Ukraine. Russian troops have entered Crimea. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet ano... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Apr 7, 2014
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    • The clash of the titans

      The clash of the titans  “Hey, John, look at this. What do you make of it?”John walked over to the screen where the image from the Hubble telescope was projected. He looked at it for a while then turned to Pike. “Hmmm. It doesn’t  look ... | Read More

      • D_Gray
      • | Apr 5, 2014
    • Up all night to get lucky

      While on holidays in Australia in January, I got invited to play a small round-robin tournament in Amsterdam. I get these invitations every now and then, but it's worth mentioning that such invitations are usually not as flattering as they first a... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Mar 29, 2014
    • Newcastle United Football Club

                    All Newcastle United FC fans are invited to join Newcastle United Football Club! Fans of Newcastle United FC are welcome to join! We discuss all the matters at the club here! We also play team and vote chess matches a... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Groningen 1946

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    First international chess tournament after World War II.  Botvinnik won, receiving 1,500 Dutch guilders and a silver cigarette box from the Queen.  A tablecloth was given to the best non-prizewinner.  A picture of the Martini Tower ... Read More »