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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

    • 10000 messages.

      I now have 10000 messages! Thank you to everyone who sent me a message (especially CHESScom). My next step is 20000! | Read More

      • koala08
      • | Dec 16, 2014
    • Anatoly Karpov's 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 1: Fischer and Korchnoi   There was always much more politics than sports in the Soviet chess. For the ruling Communist regime, chess has become a symbol of unrivaled intellectual prowess. The whole big country, from Moscow to far... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 26, 2014
    • Stop pull my hair out

      hi all online game chess player, many here do keep ask me for to move in the game everytime, please stop ask to me, it do pressure me only and i not start to like you, i do have over 80 games and so can not play all immediately by busy, anyway st... | Read More

    • What you should understand

      Hi all! This is a quick blog on some things you should understand. First off, I accept ALL friend requests. I sure like to have you in my friends list. But understand that accepting your friend request is a matter of two or three mouse-clicks a... | Read More

    • Yet another appeal to members to be kind and practice good sportsmanship.

      So my chat window is fairly often filled with all kinds of expletives by some of my opponents. I don't really know why people feel the need to do this, and I suppose I could just disable chat;  like many here do. However, I like chatting it up wi... | 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 »