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  • Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3

    Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above crowd. Though the opening in question is too advanced for beginners, I hope that... | Read More

  • 5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Chess More

    1. Slow Down chess clock with symbolic time by Kristoffersonschach |CC Blitz and bullet chess are great fun, but can you really appreciate the subtle beauty of the game when you're making a move every two seconds? Maybe if you&rsq... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, July 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “As a chess journalist I have travelled quite a lot and I have seen many interesting places. The farthest to th... | Read More

  • 17 Hand Positions Every Tournament Chess Player Must Know

    When you play chess online, it doesn't really matter what you do with your hands. But when you play chess at a tournament, sitting across the board from a real human opponent for up to seven hours each game, you MUST master the 17 key hand positio... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, June 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Second Norm “In May I took two weeks off from work. Shortly before it started I decided to play an open tournament in Liechte... | Read More

    • 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
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    •'s camp

      From July, 7 till July, 11 of 2014 I was an instructor at the first's University online camp. Camp gathered 21 players, who listened to lectures of Boris Gelfand (he analysed his win against Hikaru Nakamura and then answered to questions... | Read More

      • LuckyTiger
      • | Jul 14, 2014
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    • Puzzles #15 - World Blitz Championship 2014 Dubai - Round 1 Part 1

      Please read the variations in the notes! (Press the solution button after you're done solving the puzzle) (You can find the PGNs for the games on  Time and time again, I find that I have no specific words to describe the sple... | Read More

      • ChessMN16
      • | Jun 27, 2014
    • The June Master's Bulletin is there

      This month there was unfortunately a delay of about a week (busy times with Norway Chess & Dubai!) but now it's there: the June issue of our PDF & PGN magazine The Master's Bulletin. Happy to see another great issue being ready, and reachi... | 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 »