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  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, December 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Carlsen-Anand “This Bulletin focuses on the World Championship — especially the featured article and the opening articl... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

  • How Fabiano Caruana Wins

    In his excellent 1995 work Winning Chess Brilliancies (part of the acclaimed Winning Chess series), GM Yasser Seirawan developed a novel analytical method: he literally broke every game down into its three stages, separately analyzing the open... | Read More

  • How Much Money Do World Chess Champions Make?

    Today, the very top chess players in the world can make good livings from the game. Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand, who will play this month’s world chess championship in Russia, made more than $1 million each of the past two years from ch... | Read More

    • In Conversation with International Master John Donaldson!

      (This interview was initially published in November 2014 on our blog; view it here!) John Donaldson is indisputably one of the most noteworthy individuals in chess in America today. An International Master of the sport, Donaldson has authored n... | Read More

    • Titled Tuesday! - Definitely 'too weak, too slow'.

      I took part in my first Titled Tuesday event which ended 7.5 hours ago and got pulverized 1.5/8 before the pairing program mercifully gave me a last round 1 point bye for a final score of 2.5/9 (40th position out of 70 players). I could ... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Nov 25, 2014
    • Need chess player Help

      Hi guyz, first of all I want to apologies because my english is bad hope you guyz dont really care. I dont want to write a long story. I will go straightforward.. I need you guyz help to donate for me to open chess club in my place its seem lik... | Read More

      • Julmiri
      • | Nov 22, 2014
    • Wow! It's 4 YEARS Since the Launch of the Group!

      [Blog History]      Just last week, on November 11th, was the 4thAnniversary of the genesis of the Official Group, with its official “launch” anniversary being Dec. 15th. From its conception, the Group and became... | Read More

    • Leningrad Defence 6. c3 [A81]

      In this game Andreikin opted for 6.c3, a solid way of avoiding the main theory in the Leningrad. Nakamura had already faced this system recently (in a Blitz game) so was ready and came up with something new, 8...Qe8. The American star unpinned be... | Read More

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 »