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  • Official 2014 Mind Games Tournament Rules's Mind Games Tournament Details & Schedule: Starting September 15th | Round 1 of 2014 Mind Games Begins: Round 1 of the tournament will start on September 15th Must be a member of the Mind Games group here | Read More

  • Clash of Champions: Smyslov vs. Botvinnik

    After Alekhine's death and the subsequent 1948 world championship tournament (covered in my article last week), the chess world began the three-year world championship cycle, which would continue in relatively orderly fashion until Kasparov and Sh... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • 5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Chess More

    1. Slow Down chess clock with symbolic time by Kristoffersonschach |CC Blitz and bullet chess are great fun, but can you really appreciate the subtle beauty of the game when you're making a move every two seconds? Maybe if you&rsq... | Read More

  • 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

    • Girls just wanna have fun!

      Tournament Girls just wanna have fun! This is a tournament only for invited girls.Good luck everyone, enjoy the games!   Tournament Boys just wanna have fun! All players are invited for this Tournament. Good luck everyone, enjoy the games! | Read More

    • Study on membership development in groups (Week 37/2014)

      TOP TEN GROUPS with founding date August 2014 I want to observe the membership development in the next months/years. The statistics are updated every Sunday. From January 2015 always at the last day of the month. Additionally I will create a te... | Read More

      • Sarah_Gee
      • | Sep 14, 2014
    • On the hypothetical Botvinnik/Alekhine match

      Article by chess historian Sergey Voronkov. Right after the 13th USSR Championship, the first wartime chess conference took place. All the points of its agenda were fair for the time: intens... | Read More

    • New Team Invite

      I'm cordially inviting every chess player who lives in a border town/city anywhere in the world to join. Estoy cordialmente invitando a todos los jugadores de ajedrez que viven en ciudades fronterizas en todo el mundo. | Read More

      • feivster13
      • | Sep 9, 2014
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    • Study on membership development in groups (Week 36/2014)

      TOP TWENTY GROUPS with founding date August 2014 Some groups are now a week old, but others already five weeks. Not every group has the same goals and strategies. It will be decisive, whether a group will invite long term daily members. It's inte... | Read More

      • Sarah_Gee
      • | Sep 7, 2014

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 »