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  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class

    Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending ... | Read More

  • 6 Ways To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release. But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket: Elite 8

    Who is the strongest world chess champion ever? As Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand battle it out for the 2014 world chess championship in Sochi, the All-Time World Chess Championship Tournament continues here on  After an e... | Read More

    • Boxing Day Master Match - Raffles JC Alumni vs Rest of the World

      For one reason or another, a bunch of chess friends managed to find themselves available on 26th of December so I organized a double round Scheveningen blitz match for a Boxing Day celebration (ok, it's just an excuse to play more chess).   Rep... | Read More

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    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 12.25.2014 - day 15

      I wish you a blessed and happy Christmas! The russian grandmaster Vladimir Malakhov beat chinese top play Hua Ni in the chinese-russian team match in 2009: Black to move and checkmates in 1: The currenty best russian player Alexander Grischuk... | Read More

    • Leko - Gashimov Dec 25 2008

      The Petroff defense has often been labeled as drawish, symmetrical, and boring. While it can transpose to the two, three, or four knights openings, it also has its own opening trap: the Marshall Trap. This game is from the 2008 FIDE Grand Prix i... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 12.24.2014 - day 14

      Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk beat russian talent Evgeny Alekseev in the FIDE grandprix in 2009. White to move and checkmates in 1: The best armenian player Levon Aronian won against World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Nice in 2009. Black to move... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 12.23.2014 - day 13

      Azeri Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov beat russian top player Alaxander Morozevich in 2008 in the World Blitz Championship. White to move and checkmates in 1: Today's next puzzle was from the game between Teimour Radjabov and World Champion Magnu... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Chigorin, Mikhail

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    Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin (1850-1908), was born on November 12 (October 31, Old Style), 1850 near St. Petersburg.   In 1860, he parents died and at the age of 10, he became an orphan.  In 1867, at the age 16, he learned chess from his school t... Read More »

  • 1935 in chess

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    In 1935, the magazine CHESS was founded by B.H. Wood in Sutton Coldfield. In January 1935, Isaac Kashdan and A. Kupchik tied for 1st in the Manhattan Chess Club championship.  After dividing the prize money, they played one game to decide the Cl... Read More »

  • Karjakin, Sergey

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    Sergey Karjaki is a Ukrainian Grandmaster, born in simferopol, Ukraine on January 12, 1990,later moved to russia.   On August 20, 2002, at the age of 12 years and 7 months, he was the youngest grandmaster in history.  He was the world champion ... Read More »

  • Alekhine, Alexander

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    Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) was the winner of the first Soviet Chess Championship (1920) and the only man to die while holding the world chess championship.  He learned chess from his older brother Alexei (1888-1939).  He studied law at the S... Read More »

  • Baden Baden 1870

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    First international tournament in Germany (from July 18, 1870 to August 4, 1870) and the first to be interrupted by war (Franco-Prussian war).  First place was 3,000 francs. This tournament was the first to introduce chess clocks (20 moves per ho... Read More »