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  • Coaches Get Off Couches For Death Match 28

    Two of the world's most accomplished chess coaches will put down their red pens and fire up their laptops for Death Match 28. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, coach of this year's U.S. Women's Champion and U.S. Championship finalist, and GM Simen Agdeste... | Read More

  • Official 2014 Mind Games Tournament Rules

    Chess.com's Mind Games Tournament Details & Schedule: Starting September 15th | Round 1 of 2014 Mind Games Begins: Round 1 of the tournament will start on September 15th Must be a member of the Mind Games group here http://www.chess.com... | Read More

  • A New Yorker and a Nomad to Contest Death Match 25

    At the age of 17, GM Boris Avrukh moved from Kazakhstan to Israel. Next month, he will move thousands of miles again, this time to the U.S. IM Yaacov Norowitz's big move? New York to New Jersey. Despite the oceans of difference, the two will conte... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 7): The Dark Years

    In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937.  After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... | Read More

  • Double Dutch at Death Match 22

    You might think that two boys from the Netherlands, born on exactly the same day and both reaching the upper echelons of chess, would have met even earlier. It took them about a decade, and by the time they did, they weren't equals. "I think we ... | Read More

    • Midwest Team Tournament

      Thunder Kings Take Second! This year I had the pleasure of reforming the Thunder Kings chess club for the 2014 Midwest Team Tournament. The original team consisted of myself, Arshaq, Pranav and Chirag and each of these players had made a lot of... | Read More

      • jneezy86
      • | Oct 3, 2014
    • USCL Week 6 preview/predictions

      Unfortunately I've been pretty busy this week, so the recap of last week's games will be a little late. However, since it wouldn't make much sense to post predictions after the matches have finished, I figured I'd at least get this done quickly be... | Read More

    • My First OTB Tournament - Day 2

      For Day 1 click here - http://www.chess.com/blog/PATOMARK/my-first-otb-tournament---day-1So day 2 was upon me and I woke up feeling very nervous. I knew that I was going to be playing some high rated players this day, and I was not at all confide... | Read More

      • PATOMARK
      • | Sep 24, 2014
    • USCL Week 5 preview/predictions

      New Jersey currently sits in third place in the Eastern division, but with this positioning hardly secure every match becomes a little bit more important from here on out. Our match tonight is against the Carolina Cobras, who are currently at the ... | Read More

    • USCL week 4 recap

      It certainly wasn't pretty, but it was New Jersey's turn to escape with a key half point against the New England Nor'Easters. In an interesting departure from previous weeks, this time it was the bottom boards who came through for the Knockouts, w... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Gulko, Boris

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    Boris Gulko, born Feb 9, 1947 in Germany, is a Grandmaster (1976) and former Soviet champion (1977).  In 1974, he won the Moscow championship.   He tried to emigrate from the Soviet Union for over 7 years and was finally allowe... Read More »

  • Ault, Robin

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    Robin Ault (1941-1994) was the first person to win the U.S. Junior Championship three times (1959-1961).   In the 1959, the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) had a rule that the American Junior Chess Champion was automatically qualified into ... Read More »

  • American Chess Congress

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    The first American Chess Congress, organized by Daniel Fiske and held in New York, was won by Paul Morphy in 1857. The top 16 American players were invited (Allison, Calthrop, Fiske, Fuller, Kennicott, Knott, Lichtenhein, Marache, Mead, Meek, Morp... Read More »