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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


           My most profound apologies to each and every person with whom I was engaged in a chess match, in which I Timed Out. This includes groups/teams I was playing on behalf of, as well as tournaments I was participating in.      My accoun... | Read More

      • Kem_Nebu
      • | Sep 16, 2014
    • This is Ukraine today – August 14: Supreme Council of Ukraine has adopted a law on sanctions (

      15 08  2014, 12:48       This is Ukraine today: Nataliya Popovych: STOP!!! Stop discussing the shelling of Donetsk and Missouri and Iraq. Start seeing that in the middle of Europe you have the development of WWIII, which started with ... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Aug 15, 2014
    • Fun with Photos is a great site, not just for playing chess. There's articles, chess news, endless quizzes, forums and a lot of other features. Recently I discovered the photos section. To my surprise, most photos were completely unrelated to chess; i... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | Aug 6, 2014
    • 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
      • | 1 comment

  • 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 »