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  • 5 Quick Ways to Write Better on

    1. Paragraphs Do make paragraphs clear, focused, readable, and short. Every paragraph should have its own identifiable point. If you can’t explain (to yourself) the point of a paragraph, it needs to be rewritten. Do start a ... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, August 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... | Read More

  • Hikaru Nakamura: Rise Of The Machines!

    In one of my previous articles, I compared Mikhail Tal to a chess version of the Terminator. To be fair, except for his ultra aggressive playing style, the always-friendly Mikhail Tal looked like anything but this terrifying creature played b... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7

    GOOD OR BAD? Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of your solutions. In your solution to puzzle 2, you say the following: &lsquo... | Read More

  • The 10 Best Chess Cities in the World

    The game of chess has a storied history dating back to about 600 AD, with many momentous events in those 1500 years.  About half a billion people today play chess worldwide, and the game has been adopted by cultures in every continent ... | Read More

    • Beating FM Jlandaw in 1 minute chess (24 moves)

      FM Jlandaw is known as one of the strongest consistent bullet players on and is particularly noted as beating my favourite player, Hikaru Nakamura. Here I score one win (which is only a shadow in my many losses to him) where I think I p... | Read More

    • How To Lose Against the Best Bullet Player in the World in 18 moves

      In a rare sighting, Hikaru Nakamura decided to log on to to beat up on some patzers. However, there weren't any players on that were rated higher than 2505 in bullet. Being rated an absurd 3105 himself, he would need to play against an o... | Read More

      • AchiIles
      • | Aug 17, 2014
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    • Puzzles #15 - Over 100 Puzzles! - World Blitz Championship 2014 Dubai - Round 1

      Over 100 puzzles in this blog! Please read the variations in the notes! For those of you who did the first 10 puzzles: I decided to merge that blog post with this one.  The puzzles are taken from: World Blitz Championship 2014 Round 1 (Pres... | Read More

      • ChessMN16
      • | Aug 11, 2014
      • | 1 comment
    • Cracking the Top 100

      No chess games or puzzles this time. Just a post celebrating my having cracked the top 100 list in the USA for the first time ever! 1 Nakamura, Hikaru (12641216) NY USA 2855 2 Kamsky, Gata (12528459) NY USA 2799 3 Akobian, Varuzhan (12740522) KS ... | Read More

    • Top 100 Chess Players July 2014

              Rank Name Country Rating 1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2877 2  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2805 3  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2795 4  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2789 5  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2787 6  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2786 7  Anand, Viswana... | Read More

      • gludug
      • | Jul 20, 2014
      • | 1 comment

Video Lessons

  • Bhat, Vinay

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    Vinay S. Bhat was born on June 4, 1984.  In 1995, he was America’s youngest master at 10 years, 6 months (since broken by Hikaru Nakamura).   Jordy Mont-Reynaud set the old record as youngest master in 1994.  He tied for ... Read More »

  • Grandmaster

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    First used in connection with chess as a player of highest class in 1838.  On February 18, 1838, the London newspaper Bell’s Life published a letter by a reader to award the title of Grandmaster to William Lewis.   The title o... Read More »