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  • 7 Faces Chess Players Make When Losing

    One thing nearly all chess players have in common is that they hate to lose. Losing, while it might be good for our long-term chess development, is a short-term disaster for our ego. Unlike games such as Monopoly or poker, luck is not even a t... | Read More

  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Horrible Mistake'

    Many comments on my previous articles have noted that while my Monday column is fun, it provides little in the way of chess instruction.  That's clearly true. As an intermediate player, I've got decent general chess knowledge, but I have to... | Read More

  • A Walk on the Wild Side, Part II

        The Traxler Counter Attack         With best play, does Black have a chance with 1.e4  e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 ?      In Part I we examined White's response 5. d4      White's two most common responses however ... | Read More

  • The Man Who Saved Philidor

        "English chess owes more to the Rev. George Atwood than it does to any other person."    - Dale A. Brandreth, chess historian and collector extraordinaire      As most folks know, the custom of saving games didn't really begin in... | Read More

  • José Raúl Capablanca's World Championship Positional Wins

    Last Friday, we discussed the first half of José Raúl Capablanca's chess career, tracing his meteoric rise through the lens of his finest positional wins. In 1921, after a decade of heated negotiations and parley, the final te... | Read More

    • Lo que usted siempre quiso saber sobre el Elo y no se animó a preguntar

      La importancia del ranking instaurado por la FIDE para la práctica del ajedrez, que establece una pauta objetiva del propio rendimiento y de la evolución de cada uno de los jugadores.   Cuando en 1970 se organizó un match entre la selección ... | Read More

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      • | Aug 1, 2015
    • Newsletter #49: The Bar Rises!

      Fabby joins the party! The biggest news of the past two weeks is the recent entry of Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana into the Millionaire Chess Open. Fabby, as he is affectionately called, is undoubtedly one of the world’s best players, rising to a... | Read More

    • Saving the Game Through Stalemate

      Did you know that roughly half of all endgames by Master level players come down to Rook and pawn endgames? If you aren’t a master you will still see these endings quite frequently and even more often you will see the possibility of simplifying ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Aug 1, 2015
    • Матчи

      Моя команда Команда-соперник Наименование матча / турнира Лига Соперник Рез Коммент   1.    Moscow - Team Athens. WCL2015 Phase 2 R4 WCL  Zanny88 (1911) Board 10 ... | Read More

      • Kulinar
      • | Aug 1, 2015
    • Chess coverage: Three recent chess tournaments that inspired me

      By Lennart Ootes It was only a couple of years ago when the live transmission of chess tournaments were - lets say -  still in development. Most websites were a mess, live games had some glitches here and there, live video was just staring up an... | Read More

      • Politeia
      • | Aug 1, 2015

Video Lessons


  • Cambridge-Oxford University Chess Club Match

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    Longest running annual match in chess.  The traditional series began in 1873 with the help of future world champion Wilhelm Steinitz (won by Oxford University 10-3).  The univerisities actually started playin in 1871, but the early matches were ... Read More »

  • Campomanes, Florencio

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    Florencio Basa Campomanes, born Feb 22, 1927, was the first non-European elected FIDE President (1982-1995).  In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation.  He won the Philippine championship in 1956 and 1960.  ... Read More »

  • Abramov, Lev

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    Lev Abramov, born in 1911, was a Russian chess master.  He was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1957.   He was awarded the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess in 1979.  In 1971, he wrote Chess Move by Move.  He is ... Read More »

  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... Read More »