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  • Titled Tuesday: What You Need To Know

    Titled Tuesday is Chess.com's flagship competitive event, and starting in October 2015, there will be double the fun with two tournaments on the first Tuesday of every month. Any verified titled player may participate for free, with the chance t... | Read More

  • Giving Up On Chess? -- The Zalakaros Open

    After six rounds of the Zalakaros Open in Hungary, I had four points -- which was not a bad score, since the average of my opponents' ratings was high. Earlier in the tournament, I was sure that it was time for me to give up chess, or at... | Read More

  • Fill Out Your Bracket To Win Prizes

    The sports network ESPN estimates that 70 million college basketball brackets will be filled out this week in the United States alone. You can get in on the fun by joining the official Chess.com college basketball bracket contest. Play along wit... | Read More

  • 6 Reasons You Can't Miss Titled Tuesday Today

    The sixth Titled Tuesday tournament in Chess.com history is set to kick off today at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST, 7 p.m. GMT), and it will feature one of the strongest fields ever. With a prize pool that has ballooned to $2,500 (up from the normal $... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Another Year “Another year has gone by, and this Bulletin starts the second year of our magazine in this form. While the Tata... | Read More

    • My Draw to become 7th Grade NJ State Champion

      This is the game where I drew Abhinav Chinnambeti 1710 (Chinnambeti on Chess.com) to clinch first place. The final standings after the last round were as following: Vikas Rama 1575 (thevikasinator on Chess.com), Abhinav Chinnambeti 1710 (Chinnam... | Read More

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    • Four Medals in Greece: "This is real chess"

      GM Alejandro Ramirez writes about coaching the World Youth squad in Greece, highlighting the four players who came home with hardware. Group Photo of Team USA, sporting Two Sigma uniforms “I see so many players wearing the USA team uniform ... | Read More

    • USCL team ratings

      Last year, I attempted to do some numerical analysis of the league, but this was perhaps not too interesting as it just verified what anyone would expect anyway: those with higher records tended to have higher ratings (!!!). This year, however, m... | Read More

    • How to Not Make State

      Situtation: You as a 1330 uscf rating player has white against a 1612 uscf player in the state qualifier and you both have 3/4. A win would gurantee a spot at state. You have opposite color bishops but yours control the queening squares of your op... | Read More

    • US Chess League Standings

      The United States Chess League is entering its final week of regular season matches.  The league is split into 2 divisions of 10 teams, with 6 teams in each division qualifying for the postseason / playoff matches.  As we enter week 10 (of 10), ... | 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 »