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  • John Grefe: Talent Isn’t Enough!

    My relationship with International Master John Grefe was complex, with many ups and downs. I met him two days after I arrived in San Francisco. At that time I was a penniless 18-year-old chess professional who was sleeping on a friend’s floo... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 1

    For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... | Read More

  • The State of - August '13

    The State of is the revival of a monthly segment the CEO used to provide for members on Chess/TV.  The State of was airied on August 14th at 11:30 AM Pacific with Erik,'s CEO and co-founder.  There will b... | Read More

  • Computers in chess... Cheaters paradise.

    In the last week's article I touched the subject of cheaters who use computer engines during their games. To my great surprise, judging by reader's messages, many of you are not aware of this problem.  I was asked how can cheaters possibly us... | Read More

  • The Haunted Tournament

    Chess is a scary game – as Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his book The Luzhin Defense (which, if you haven’t read, you should!): Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his han... | Read More

    • Israel warns Gazans around Gaza City to leave

      The Israeli army has warned thousands of Palestinians living near Gaza City to leave their homes, as Tel Aviv threatens to escalate its war on the besieged Gaza Strip. A statement from the army said on Monday that phone calls were made and text... | Read More

    • Messages/Emails

      Is it possible to send group privite messages? Just wondering? What's the difference between messages and emails on this site anyway? I would love to send a message to more than one person at the same time. | Read More

      • MRBTP
      • | Jul 22, 2014
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      How come I cant DELETE  a message in my inbox?   We cant delete messages any more?  | Read More

      • Annabella1
      • | Jul 15, 2014
    • cant delete my messages

      i have a problem that i cant delete my messages. it is comming that message is deleted but none of message is deleted. can anybody help me. | Read More

      • himgouree
      • | Jul 11, 2014
    • Ugh! Why me?

      So a few days ago I get a friend request from a seemingly nice young man in a foreign country.  We have a short, pleasant chat.  Nothing out of the ordinary. Then yesterday, he messages me, and says he is not doing well.  So I ask what the pro... | Read More

  • Fred defense

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    Hello. I'm caveatcanis and this message was written by AwesomeXue. There was some sort of message error though.  You'll see this message has zero views but several comments which is pretty hard to do.  Maybe some psychics left messages with th... Read More »

  • Heidenfeld, Wolfgang

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    Wolfgang Heidenfeld (1911-1981) was a German-born (Berlin) Jewish chess author who was forced to emigrate to South Africa in the 1930s and then settled in Ireland in 1957.  He was South African Champion in 1939, 1945-46, 1947, 1949, 1951, 195... Read More »