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Location: Niagara Falls, NY, United States
Joined: 12/7/08
Last Online: 10/17/12
Points: 10506 points

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Three

    In part two of this article, I described how I came up with a weird looking, but nevertheless efficient, plan of treating an unpleasant middlegame in my game vs. Hikaru Nakamura. For in-depth analyzation of the study-like endgame in this encounter... | Read More

  • The Art of Setting Traps

    Most tournament players scoff at the notion of Coffeehouse Chess. Even so, some of the most famous brilliancies in chess history were produced under dubious, non-tournament circumstances: The Immortal Game (Anderssen-Kieseritzky) was played at the... | Read More

  • Old Times

         The style of journalistic writing from over a half century ago is somewhat different than that of today, in some ways perhaps a bit harder to read but in other ways more enjoyable. Looking through old "Time" magazines is also enjoyable a... | Read More

  • of Cafés, Politics, Arts and Chess

         Cafés or Coffee Houses probably originated in 16th century Turkey and quickly expanded into Persia, Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations.  Even there they were havens for political idealists, philosophers, artists and game players.... | Read More

  • Chess.com Player Profiles: GM gmfinegold

    "GM Ben Finegold is really a comedian at heart; the problem is that most of the funny stuff he says can't be ON the record for obvious reasons... So I would say Ben is even funnier than most people know", says IM Daniel Rensch. Ben Finegold w... | Read More

    • Puzzle #2 – Paul Charles Morphy-Karl, Duke of Brunswick, Paris 1858

      Puzzle #2 – Paul Charles Morphy-Karl, Duke of Brunswick, Paris 1858 | Read More

    • Dominion vs CSR live team match

      Guidelines:  - YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR OPPONENT FOR AN AGREEMENT ABOUT WHEN YOU MEET IN LIVECHESS!!! - It's recommended to add your opponent to your friendslist, so you can challenge them or accept the match - You play two games against your ... | Read More

    • Don't Mate in One

      Karl Fabel (born October 20, 1905 – 3 March 1975) is considered to have been one of the most ingenious chess composers. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. Fabel received a doctorate in chemistry and worked as a mathematician and civil jud... | Read More

      • Pranjal588
      • | Apr 1, 2014
    • Estonia, city of Sillamae

       ESTONIA Year of European Union entry: 2004 Capital city: Tallinn   Total area: 45 000 km² Population: 1.3 million Currency: Member of the eurozone since 2011 (€) Schengen area: Member since 2007 The ancestors of present-day Es... | Read More

      • kjarve
      • | Mar 28, 2014
    • How strong were Fischer and Morphy?

      As he often does, Nakamura has incited alot of controversy with his comments in a reddit AMA that Fischer could not compete with today's top players because the game has so changed due to computers. Both Grandmasters David Smerdon and Ben Finegol... | Read More