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  • What's Your Chess Personality?

    There are 64 squares on a chessboard, and many more ways to play the game. We all know the styles of the great world champions: Fischer's relentless accuracy, Petrosian's impregnable defense, Karpov's clean and positional chess, Kasparov's sheer... | Read More

  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

  • 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

  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • Turn Off The Autopilot!

    Chess is a cruel game. One moment of negligence, one second of distracted thinking, and hours of hard work instantly go down the drain. For most chess players, the euphoria of success — a combination, a hard-fought victory, a positional mast... | Read More

    • Converting advantages : The exchange up

      Several players ask the question "How to convert an advantage ?". How to win a game with technique after winning a few pawns or a knight or the exchange is something which can be tricky especially for the not so experienced chess players. A dange... | Read More

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    • Is school life too precious??

      Whenever anyone asks me what was the best and the worst moments in your life….The answer always zeroes down to the same place….Yes,the best moments in my life were spent in my School….the worst moment in my life was when I had grown up so ol... | Read More

    • On Chess And Dating part 2: The Opening

      Hi all! Today part 2 of the series: the opening. I was quite surprised by the amount of people who responded to my previous entry! Amazing! Thanks a whole lot!!I'm curious to hearing some constructive feedback with regards to the format of this ... | Read More

    • Blitz Open 2000-2500

      CHESS RESULTS   1.[2486]Aubahunagau Masminder 1 - 0 [2355] Hepnap K.U 2.[2220]Arajian Atko 0 - 1 [2006] Scooby M.F  Scooby M.F ----->   Bye Happy  | Read More


      American Open The American Open was going all swell and well... Except for the one cheater named David Whitten. Up to Round 7 he had an almost perfect score: one draw to a 1400 player. He had been vigorously shaking and it was almost seemingly th... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... Read More »

  • Reubens, Emil

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    Emil Reubens was born in Russia on September 23, 1886.  He was a master emeritus and USCF life director.  He was a founding member of the United States Chess Federation.  In June, 1973, he received a Master’s degree in busines... Read More »

  • Niro, Frank

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    Frank Niro was born in Milford, Massachusetts on September 28, 1948.  In 1973, he won the American Postal Chess Tournament (APCT) League championship and became a correspondence master in that organization in 1975.  From 1984 to 1986, he... Read More »

  • Henley, Ronald Watson

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    Ron Henley is an American Grandmaster (1982) from Houston, Texas.  He is the only American selected as a second to a Soviet player.  He served as second to Anatoly Karpov in the 1990 World Championship match.  He was Karpov’s ... Read More »

  • Gligoric, Svetozar

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    Svetozar Gligoric. born Feb 2, 1923, is a Serbian (Yugoslav) Grandmaster (1951).  He learned the game of chess at age 11, taught by a boarder taken in by his mother.   In 1938, at the age of 15, he won the Belgrade Chess Club c... Read More »