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  • 5 Grandmaster Tips To Improve Your Tactics!

    Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?  How about getting a promising attack but failing to find a forced mate or win of material?  I hope these five simple tips will help to sharpen y... | Read More

  • 5 Things You Need For Real-World Chess

    We already know that you can take and its mobile app to play chess anywhere, but sometimes there’s nothing like playing on a real board with real pieces. If you’re lucky, you can try your hand at giant bullet chess, but eve... | Read More

  • What’s The Best Place To Play Chess?

    There are a lot of options for the best place to play chess. Perhaps it’s in a large tournament, or even the world championship match, with millions of dollars on the line, and your opponent just blundered.  Maybe it’s ju... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • Let's Get Physickal

         There were a few 19th century London chess players who, although they weren't quite on par with the best, were by no means second-rate players  and made names for themselves both locally and abroad.      One such player was the pr... | Read More

    • 10 thoughts for you

      Hi all! Today, 10 briefly clarified thoughts for you. Enjoy, and make the most out of it ^^ 1. I'm a human being.Sure, I'm a 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands with blonde hair, going to college, speaking three languages fluently, and loving... | Read More

    • Women in Chess: The #sexisminchess Controversy

      Women in Chess: The #sexisminchess Controversy   It’s been a big week for chess news in the mainstream media with the “Wesley So making notes” saga, Nigalidze’s phone-wrapped-in-toilet-paper scandal and now Nigel Short is being accused ... | Read More

      • schevannes
      • | Apr 22, 2015
    • So What?

      For the past week, the chess world has been abuzz with reports of GM Wesley So's involuntary forfeit at the recent US Chess Championships. For the non-chess readers of my blog, the short version of the story basically goes like this: So, the numbe... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Apr 18, 2015
    • Cheating in chess

      Just recently a GM was caught cheating in a tournament using a mobile phone which he hid in a lavatory.His opponent became suspiciuos because he is always going to the lavatory. He reported this to organizer who followed him secretly | Read More

      • Complain
      • | Apr 15, 2015
    • Has my account or phone been hacked?

      Has my account been hacked? Yesterday when I logged on to my iPhone app, I read the text "You are already logged into a different place" or something similar. To this I may add that I only use my iphone, I don't use any other computer. I use bo... | Read More

      • J-J-M
      • | Apr 12, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Agrest, Evgeny

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    Evgeny Agrest, born Aug 15, 1966, is a Grandmaster now living in Sweden (since 1994).  He was born in Belarus.  His FIDE rating is 2592.   In 2003, he won a game from former world champion Ponomariov when Ponomariov’s cel... Read More »

  • Cell phone

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    In 2003, former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov was kicked out of a chess tournament because his cell phone rang during the course of a match.  As per article 13.4 of the laws of chess, he was disqualified when his cell phone rang during a g... Read More »