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  • The Man That Walked By Himself

    The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate. In this article... | Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 look ... | Read More

    • Come Play Me!

      Starting after this blog is posted, I will be playing 5 minute + 5 seconds increment U* in Live Chess @Chess.com Here. Anyone that wants to play can challenge me Time Control is again 5 +5inc U. (*unrated only please) I will play against ANYON... | Read More

      • IMShanks
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    • Rating. Inflated, or Deflated??

      Hi everyone. I am an avid chess player and I wanna talk about ratings. First of all I want everyone to notice that I recently was able to get my bullet and blitz over 1900 and if you look at the statistics, only about 10,000 people have a higher r... | Read More

      • skippull
      • | Nov 23, 2015
    • Positional pawn sacrifices in Taichung

      This weekend there was a rapid event in Taichung. In contrast with some other tournaments here in Taiwan, the ones in Taichung seem to be a tad better organized: The adults played in a different building from the kids. In relative silence. The us... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Nov 23, 2015
    • 2015-16 Pittsburgh Chess League, Round 3

      This month we were paired against the top-seeded team in the division. We were outrated on every board and I lost on Board 2, but our first/third boards recovered from losing positions to level the score at 1.5/3, and fourth board won the decider.... | Read More

    • Second Place, Indiana State Championships

      With the closing of the ChessIQ center in Skokie, Illinois earlier this year, long time control chess tournaments are becoming an endangered animal in the Chicago area. In order to continue finding opportunities to cross swords over the board, I'm... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Nov 13, 2015

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 »