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  • The Golden Age

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  • The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

    Chess is a game with a long history and many more statistics and records than there are squares on the board. Chess fans have been fervently compiling facts and numbers on the game, inspired by the truth that unlike so many other competitive pur... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

    • 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
    • A Call from Home – Games from the MLWGS Green Dragons

      Check out the original post here! As some of you may know, I take a lot of pride in what my high school chess team was able to achieve in the three years I served as team captain and coach, which is why I’m extremely happy to have the opportuni... | Read More

    • FIDE World Blitz Championship 2015

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      • lavin_arrt
      • | Oct 19, 2015
    • From 1400 to 1500 : Greed

      Several lower rated players love to grab material. The less experienced, the easier the temptation to grab every pawn or piece. Some GMs like to grab material, but very often they know what they are doing. They evaluate the position, or they want... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Catching Up – A Season in a Post

      Hi everyone, check out my original post at! As some of you already know, I'm repurposing my blog from breaking 2000 (which I successfully completed last November) to documenting my journey to the 2016 US Junior Open... | Read More

  • Scandinavian Defense

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    The Scandinavian Defense (also known as the Center Counter) is the chess opening characterized by the first moves 1.e4 d5. Although played by quite a few grandmasters over the years, the Scandinavian is rarely played at the highest levels of ... Read More »