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  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales: Polgar vs Silman

    I didn’t intend to write a 4th Cracked Grandmaster Tales article, but so many members asked me to do another that I decided to share a few more (true) stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as you did the others. Be warned: there mig... | Read More

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

  • Mailbag: How To Improve Your Game 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

  • How To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    The 2015 edition of Norway Chess was a memorable event in several ways. Above all, it heralded the resurgence of Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand, who both stormed through the field and turned in 2900+ performances. Topalov won the tournament... | Read More

  • Walter Browne's 9 Best Games

    Last week, chess fans received the sad news that GM Walter Browne had died at 66. Browne was a legendary chess figure in the United States, a six-time national champion, and a fixture in the strongest chess tournaments for decades. FM Mike Kle... | Read More

    • St. Louis Showdown Photos

      The first photo is of Lulu, one of the club staff at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis @ccscsl. Last weekend I travelled to see the scene during the rapid and blitz rounds of the 2015 Showdown. The top two Americans (who sport the ... | Read More

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      • | Nov 22, 2015
    • The Showdown: Nakamura vs. Caruana

      For many years, Hikaru Nakamura has been the undisputed highest ranked player in the country. He’s the reigning US Champion and has won the championship four times total. He’s had the highest FIDE and US Chess ratings of any American since 2... | Read More

    • All rook endings are not drawn

      In my latest post, I refuted the saying about the next to last mistake. Now it is time for me to refute yet another one. It is often said that "all rook endings are drawn". This is of course not entirely true, but it is correct for a large majorit... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 29, 2015
    • Show me your chess collection

      This is my moderate collection,that collection does no mean i play strong because i play terrible bad,hahahah   1.       xvii olimpiada de ajedrez 2.       practica de ajedrez magistral (botvinnik-tal ,1960) –miguel tal 3.   ... | Read More

      • lavin_arrt
      • | Oct 10, 2015
    • My 1st "Blunder free" game.

      I disagree... but's computer analysis said no blunders. I really extend gratitude that hopefull will be returned next year when I take off work to attend the Sinqufield cup for a day or two and I get GM Yaser Seirawan to sign a copy o... | Read More

      • AWSmith61
      • | Sep 30, 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 »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Longest games

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    The longest chess game is 269 moves (Ivan Nikolic - Goran Arsovic, Belgrade 1989) which ended in a draw after over 20 hours of play.  Two other games have gone to 200 or more moves.  In 1988 at the Saloniki Olympiad, Seirawan and Xu Jun ... Read More »