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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics!

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

  • Beware Of Alekhine's Gun

    The 1930 San Remo International was a rather one-sided affair. World Champion Alexander Alekhine stormed through the field, winning 13 games and conceding only two draws. Yet this tournament is remembered not for Alekhine's magisterial performance... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess

    We already know that you can take and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... | Read More

  • Nellie

    1892 "BCM"      In 1894 Nellie Love Marshall Showalter, the wife of then U.S. Chess Champion, Jackson Whipps Showalter, played Mrs. Harriet Worrell, the wife of the renowned chess player who had died in 1878, Thomas Herbert Worrall, also... | Read More

    • Never give up

      If you lose your queen by inattention remember the image FIGHT TO THE BITTER END | Read More

      • testIQ
      • | Apr 24, 2015
    • Knowing the cheats!

      I'm here to expose cheats who don't play by the rules. Here are the chess engine user's to avoid. 1, Heisenberg59 , this idiot here, admitted to using a chess engine in chat. How this guy isn't banned, I don't know.  2, Storms_Fast 3, Night_Sh... | Read More

    • Nigel Short Gyrates the Gender Issue

      I hasten to thank Grandmaster Nigel Short for the juicy conversation starter.  My response is a mixed bag, like my chess progress and women's achievements. Results could be better, but there are bigger distractions, and no more time can ... | Read More

      • zealandzen
      • | Apr 23, 2015
    • Ratings devaluation

      According to Amelia at, new members who join using Android start with a rating of 1800, not 1200. Why should Android users be treated differently? It seems like a marketing gimmick to attract Android users at the expense of everyone els... | Read More

      • soler97
      • | Apr 22, 2015
    • Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

      Girls Just Want To Have Fun!   Girls Just Want To Have Fun! 1 7 Tage 6(1)->3 alle Ratings Anmeldung This is a invitation tournament for the members of the group ♥ Amore mio Girls ♥  Good luck and have fun! Nino   | Read More

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      • | Apr 22, 2015
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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 »