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  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game

    Chess.com member Nietsoj wrote: “I read your recent post where you answered a question about aiming for a 2000 rating. Just as so many other amateur players, I have the same goal, and I am wondering what a realistic training program would ... | Read More

  • Reaching GM Potential And Compensation

    Reaching One’s GM Chess Potential Chess.com member Philippe Silex777 asked: I have been reading your articles for a while now and have a question that I can’t find a satisfying answer to. It’s pretty simple: You wrote books a... | Read More

  • Giving Up On Chess? -- The Zalakaros Open

    After six rounds of the Zalakaros Open in Hungary, I had four points -- which was not a bad score, since the average of my opponents' ratings was high. Earlier in the tournament, I was sure that it was time for me to give up chess, or at... | Read More

  • What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever?

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... | Read More

  • GM Serper's Chess Video Quiz

    This is the time of the year when kids are passing their final exams in school, so I decided to offer a quiz for our readers too. We did regular chess tests before (for example, here and here), so today I decided to try something new. You... | Read More

    • Four, then Three: Sinquefield Cup R3-R5

      We saw some interesting time scrambles earlier in the tournament. After that,: R3 saw a game that lasted 76 moves (and ended in a draw -- between the Americans, of course). R4 saw only one decisive game, although Caruana-Anand ended in a rather ... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Aug 27, 2015
    • Get Your Puzzle Rating!

      Ok so here's how this works. Get a timer or preferably a chess clock. Put 3 minutes on that clock at the beginning of each series. If you get all of puzzle #1 right, give yourself 3 points and put 4 minutes on the clock. If you get puzzle #1 wron... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 25, 2015
    • Sinquefield Cup - Round 3 Pairings and Predictions

      Round 3 begins in minutes. What are your predictions? Especially interesting match-ups today are: Nakamura vs. Caruana The top 2 U.S. players must duke it out. After tough losses in round 2, both players will be eager to set their tournaments... | Read More

    • Imagination and Revenge: Sinquefield Cup R2

      If not for Dortmund, I would say that Fabiano Caruana should have stayed with Italy (although Dortmund had nothing to do with either of his loyalties). He's come through the first two rounds of this year's Sinquefield Cup the same way Magnus Carls... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Aug 24, 2015
    • Seafair Open

      hey dudes!   Im pretty bored now, so i decided to write about my latest tournament (a month ago :P) It was at the SCC, and it's all one big section. Ratings range from unrated to Fide Masters!   In round 1, i was paired vs a little (but sup... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • 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 »