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  • 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

  • Defense in the Endgame, Part 1

    There's no denying that, whatever your strength in chess, in some games you are going to have to cling to some floating debris just to stay over water. Anyone can fall into some opening preparation or make a blunder. Additionally, you have those g... | Read More

  • A Farewell!

    My favorite writer Hemingway, in his excellent "Moveable Feast," wrote about starting a day of writing: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." This advice came to my mind as I neared the time to... | Read More

  • Converting Advantage According to Kramnik, Part 5

    Today we start wrapping up our series on converting an advantage according to Vladimir Kramnik. Over the last four articles we explored methods and techniques that Kramnik uses to efficiently convert the advantage in slightly better or winning pos... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises - July 2013

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memorized tons... | Read More


    • Checkmates of the day - 12.19.2014 - day 9

      Today's first puzzle came from the game between the top hungarian player Peter Leko and Russian superstart Alexander Morozevich, which they played in Moscow in the World Blitz Championship in 2007: White to move and checkmates in 1 The second ... | Read More

    • Checkmates of the day - 12.18.2014 - day 8

      Alexei Shirov beat the Top english player Michael Adams in Reykjavik in 2003. Black to move and checkmates in 1 Today's second puzzle was created from the game which was played by two World Champions, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov in ... | Read More

    • A Performance for the Ages: Fabiano Caruana, the winner of the 2nd Sinquefield Cup

      The 2nd Sinquefield Cup took place in St. Louis from August 27th-September 7th at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis featuring a prize fund of $315,000. The 2nd Sinquefield Cup produced the highest average starting rating for any ... | Read More

    • Hikaru Nakamura (GM)

      Full name Hikaru Nakamura Country United States Born December 9, 1987 (age 26)Hirakata, Osaka, Japan Title Grandmaster FIDE rating 2786 (January 2014)(No. 3 in the January 2014 FIDE World Rankings) Peak rating 2789 (January 2014) Peak ranking No.... | Read More

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    • GargleBlaster's Year in Review

      2013 was an eventful year in chess.  Carlsen won the World Championship, Kramnik won the World Cup, Gelfand won the Tal and Alekhine Memorials, Karjakin won that thing in Norway, Kamsky won the U.S. Championship, a 9-year old made National Master... | Read More


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  • Chajes, Oscar

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    Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galacia, Austria-Hungary (what is now Ukraine) on December 14, 1873.  In 1909 he was the winner of the U.S. Open in Excelsior, Minnesota.  He became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club.  In 1... Read More »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams w... Read More »

  • Abreu Delgado, Aryam

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    Aryam Abreu-Delgado was born on July 9, 1978 in Cuba.  He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008.  His best Elo rating was 2502 in 2008.  In 2007, he took 4th place in the Cuban Championship.  He took 1st place at the Capablanca Memorial Op... 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 »

  • Barcza, Gideon

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    Gedeon (Gideon) Barcza (1911-1986), pronounced bartsa, was a Hungarian professor of mathematics and Grandmaster.  He was born on August 21, 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. In 1942, he took 6th place in the first European championship in Munich... Read More »