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  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • The Duke

          Many people who have no knowledge of or even interest in Chess know the name Bobby Fischer because he is so iconic.  There are such icons in all endeavors - those who transcend their fields and become public figures, such as Einstein... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • 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

  • Review: My Junior Years in 20 Games

    One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More

    • Armchair Generals Blog: The Zimmermann Telegram

      In less than twenty four hours we will be celebrating the 97 years since the end of the Great War. On that occasion I would like to discuss The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchman. Was there ever any real threat posed by Mexico the United St... | Read More

      • Avro1000
      • | Nov 9, 2015

      Bobby Fisher" redirects here. For the English footballer, see Bobby Fisher (footballer). For those of a similar name, see Bob Fisher (disambiguation). Bobby Fischer Fischer in 1960 Full name Robert James Fischer Country United StatesIceland (2... | Read More

    • Rules to "Strip Blitz Chess" (for the matured audience)

      As an average chess hobbiest, I can find myself completely obsessed with chess; however and (possibly) unfortunately, I sometimes find myself feeling that chess can be tedious and boring. And so, due to my natural bias towards the game, I aspired ... | Read More

    • Pawn Sacrifice

      This is perhaps an unusual request. I am in Japan, having said that, movies(US) are normally released on average six months later in Japan than in the states. Would it be possible to view the movie here earlier? Like, now? If they are selling the... | Read More

      • dvdinjp
      • | Sep 21, 2015
    • The frustrations of ChessBase

      I still have three more games to annotate from the Farewell Bobby Fischer tournament I played in Utah last month, plus another nine games from subsequent tournaments in Idaho and Oregon; however, I haven't posted any of them yet because I don't wa... | Read More


  • Japan

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    Chess Facts related to Japan. During World War II, the Japanese confiscated chess books thinking they were military codes. In 1962, they held their first international chess tournament, organized by the Japanese Chess Federation, in Yokohama. It... Read More »

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Simultaneous play

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    Karl Podzielny played 575 games simultaneously in 1978.  In 30 1/2 hours he  won 533 , drew 27, and lost 15.  Vlastimil Hort played 550 opponents, 201 simultaneously, and lost only 10 games in 1977.  The best record for simulta... Read More »