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  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • 5 Reasons To Watch The Streamers Challenge

    The Let's Play Chess.com Streamers Challenge will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Pacific on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess. Watch the most popular chess video streamers in the world go head-to-hea... | Read More

  • The Man with 1000 Names

    Q: What do Leigh Franklin James, Paul Hugo, Paula Little, Paula Minton, Sylvia Sharon, Kenneth Harding, Marie De Jourlet, Lana Preston, Paul H. Little, Jack Warren. D.R. Mason, Hugo Paul, Jack Warren, Dr. Lamb Library, Dr. Guenter Klow, Dorothy D... | Read More

  • The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

    Chess is a game with a long history and many more statistics and records than there are squares on the board. Chess fans have been fervently compiling facts and numbers on the game, inspired by the truth that unlike so many other competitive pur... | Read More

  • Do Chess Players Cheat?

    There’s cheating in chess? What a silly question. Of course there is, and the transgressions are many and varied. But when I came to the game as a callow youth, I didn't pay much attention to it. Naturally, I knew certain practices were i... | Read More

    • 2015 Monroeville Autumn Open

      Another laid-back local (actually, only for the Monroeville folk) G/45, 4-round Swiss. Interestingly enough, I continue to do well here (+7 = 3 -1 against serious opposition) despite 4 hours of sleep and cold, early mornings. I won today's tournam... | Read More

    • #31 1992 NC Scholastic Championships

      << #30 Phi Kappa Blanca XL -- #32 >>  Tournament #31 : 1992 NC Scholastic Championships, 3/7/92 Charlotte, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  Open (College) Time Control:  ??? <Crosstable>   March '92 ended up being a ver... | Read More

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    • HUGE rating drops

      Am I the only person here that sometimes has sudden huge rating drops? It's ridiculous. My rating literally goes up 300 and down 300 then up 300 then back down 300. Seems like if I hang my queen in a game, I start hanging pieces more and more ofte... | Read More

    • King's Gambit, Part 2: The Dreaded Double Muzio!

           Welcome to my series on the King's Gambit! This is a comprehensive, multi-part series on the famous Romantic-era opening, covering every line you wanted to see and many that you didn't. We'll continue with the fiercest and most violent var... | Read More

    • Newsletter #53 ~ Next Stop, Vegas!

      This is the last newsletter before the tournament begins on October 8th. We have lots of exciting news to report.  Millionaire Square Prize  It seems like a crazy thought, but one lucky chess player may walk away from the MCO a million dollars... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Patzer

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    Patzer is basically when you have a minimal rating in chess. Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »