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  • USCL 2012 Preview: East

    USCL 2012 Preview - East If you are interested in the rubric based on which I'm evaluating these teams; or in my predictions for the Western Division, they can be found here. If you don't know what the US Chess League is, it is an exciting, prof... | Read More

  • Chess By The Numbers

    Chess... by the numbers! Our favorite game is amazing. | Read More

  • Anand/Topalov Trivia

    Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand was born on December 11, 1969 in Chennai, India. Veselin Topalov was born on March 15, 1975 in Rousse (Ruse), Bulgaria. Anand is now 40.Topalov just turned 35. Topalov’s father taught him to play chess at the age of ... | Read More

  • Chigorin Ruy Lopez and the Mystery of Statistics

    Chigorin Ruy Lopez and the Mystery of Statistics   Niranjan Navalgund asked: My question is about the Chigorin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 ... | Read More

  • The Evaluation of Material Imbalances (by IM Larry Kaufman)

    Every novice soon learns a table of [DH: "average"] material value for the pieces, the most popular being 1-3-3-5-9, but with a bit more experience he learns that this table is not always reliable. There are two reasons for this: one is that an ac... | Read More

    • Analysing my losses #2: What did I do wrong?

      I've this friend of mine, which is only playing occasionally, but plays very strong. My overall stats against him are 2 wins, 5 losses. Before this game I mostly forced tactical positions on him, which he handled rather well (like Kings-Gambits o... | Read More

      • ala_
      • | Oct 15, 2014
    • USCL Playoff chances/Power Rankings

      We're halfway through seven weeks of play, which means that the playoff picture generally becomes somewhat clarified. Unfortunately (actually fortunately, but ok), that doesn't seem to be the case this year. There's been a very large amount of par... | Read More

    • USCL Week 7 preview/predictions

      Once again the recap article is missing, because I just haven't had time this week to devote to writing one. Take it from me - organizing events is surprisingly time-intensive. Organizing events involving middle schoolers? Yep. Anyway, it's been ... | Read More

    • Prep for Midwest Class Championships

      My first OTB tournament in six weeks will be held this weekend, the Midwest Class Championships. (I took a recent break from playing, in order to chill out and hopefully get back into a winning mindset.) In order to prepare for the tournament,... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Oct 7, 2014
    • My First OTB Tournament - Day 1

      This past weekend I decided to enter a local chess tournament and make a start on getting myself a ACF (Australia Chess Federation) rating. I was really excited to play, however was modest about my chances going in as almost everyone there had bee... | Read More

      • PATOMARK
      • | Sep 21, 2014