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  • The Greatest Chess Upsets, Part 1

    The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings." Most lopsided matchups,... | Read More

  • The Difficult Opponent

    The Kryptonite Effect Many fans of chess are confused when one player in the world’s top 10 totally dominates another top 10 player in game after game. How does one explain this? In boxing they say “styles make fights.&rdquo... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman July 25, 2014

    "I noticed that the pre-registration for the Open section of the Holly Heisman Memorial (HHM) fundraiser chess tournament on Aug 3 (in Wynnewood, PA just outside Philadelphia) has several titled players. I am only in the 1500's. Is there any way I... | Read More

  • 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

  • 10 Chess Facts You Might Not Know

    If you’re reading this article, you’re probably well-informed on chess in general. So you already know that Chess.com offers an extensive library of chess news, articles, videos, openings information, training tools, and lessons... | Read More


    • Is chess ONE way or THE way against Alzheimer´s?

      Does chess is just one way to avoid or reduce Alzheimer´s or IT IS the best defense against it? 1. Are there any current Grand Masters or International Masters that suffer from Alzheimer´s disease? Please, if you know somebody could you tell us... | Read More

      • Gorvachov
      • | Aug 26, 2014
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    • improve chess technique with lessons

      I never specifically trained chess board game until I tried to exercise on chess.com Initially I was playing chess with my friends at school and at home just attack and block the attack without strategy I never even noticed that the coordina... | Read More

      • gentaa12
      • | Aug 25, 2014
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    • Previewing The Sinquefield Cup (1): Can Anybody Beat Magnus Carlsen?

      From Tuesday the 26th of August till Tuesday the 9th of September 2014, the second Sinquefield Cup will take place at the STL Chess Club & Scholastic Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The tournament is named after Rex Sinquefield, founder of the ... | Read More

      • Waldemar
      • | Aug 23, 2014
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    • Cleveland Open August 15-17, 2014

      I played in the U-1500 section. The time controls were 40/110 SD/30 d10. I got to play each game at that time control because I had elected to play in the 3-day schedule. Day 1: Friday, August 15 Day 2: Saturday, August 16 ... | Read More

      • Zigwurst
      • | Aug 18, 2014
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    • Status

       Ratings Online Chess 1416 Highest: 1833 (Mar 8, 2010) Avg. Opp.: 1479 Best Win: 2132 (podbacx) Today‘s Rank: #86,721 of 426,881 (79.2%) Total Games: 6968 (3145 W/ 3696 L / 127 D) Chess960 1201 Highest: 1525 (Jul 11, 2009) Avg. Opp.: 12... | Read More


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  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »

  • Elo, Arpad Emrick

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    Arpad Elo (1903-1992) was born in Egyhazaskeszo, Hungary, he moved to the United States with his parents in 1913.  He played in 37 consecutive state championships in Wisconsin, from 1933 to 1969, winning the title 7 times (1935, 1937, 1940, 1... Read More »

  • Cunningham, George

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    George Cunningham was born in Maine on March 25, 1909.  He was a college professor in Maine.  In 1978, he was Executive Director for the United States Chess Federation (USCF).  In 1980, he was the ratings statician for the USCF and ... Read More »

  • unusually good chess players

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    These famous people not only were avid chess players, but established the following ratings.  I'm not sure why, but leftist dictators and revolutionaries seem to be unusually good chess players. Alan Alda (actor) ... Read More »