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  • More Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    In last week's article, we saw that breaking the classical rules of play in the openings is one of the cardinal sins of less experienced players. Another common problem that you can find in their games is missing basic tactical ideas. ... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • Inexperienced Player Mistakes

    The World Youth Championship that took place in Greece last month was a great showcase of the best young chess players from all around the world. It also demonstrated the typical mistakes many young players make. While today we are going to... | Read More

  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • The Chess Heritage Of Emory Tate

    This is the last installment of my tribute to IM Emory Tate. The first two parts can be found here and here. There are definitely people out there who knew Emory much better than me, so they could disagree, but I always had an impression that hi... | Read More

    • tournaments

      i think might be cooler if you put in money to join 1 of the tournaments and 98 of so percent of the money is for prizes the rest keeps that way within time 'll improve a lot a lot | Read More

      • YOAJM
      • | Nov 29, 2015
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    • TOurnament

      If you want, you can join my tournament | Read More

      • Elking138
      • | Nov 29, 2015
    • The Role of Tactics in Chess Improvement

               On January 8th-10th of 2016 I will be playing in the reserve section (1400-1799 USCF) of the Austin Chess Club Championships. It is a five round tournament spread out over the course of three days with a time control of 90 minutes wi... | Read More

    • Stockfish 6 takes the Chess Personality Test

      I recommend you first take the test on your own to discover your own chess personality.  A few chess celebrities have already taken the test. Hikaru Nakamura  Danny Rensch  John Bartholomew Take the test for yourself! The test questions are ... | Read More

    • Losing Control

      Analyzing what went wrong in a game, whether for you (if you lose or draw whilst possessing an advantage) or your opponent (if they lose or draw whilst possessing an advantage), is a good way to better recognize importance of an idea that was cruc... | Read More

      • Milliern
      • | Nov 28, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • 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 »

  • China

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    The Chinese Emperor Wen-ti executed two foreign chess players after learning that one of the pieces was called "Emperor."  He was upset that his title of Emperor could be associated with a mere game and forbade the game.  Chinese chess is played... Read More »

  • Japan

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    Chess Facts related to Japan. During World War II, the Japanese confiscated chess books thinking they were military codes. In 1962, they held their first international chess tournament, organized by the Japanese Chess Federation, in Yokohama. It... Read More »

  • Abbasov, Farid

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    Farid Abbasov was born in Azerbaijan on January 30, 1979.  In 1997, he took 2nd place in the European Youth Chess Championships.  He became a grandmaster in 2007.  Tournament results include: 1st at Alushta 2004; 1st at Kireevsk in 2004; 2nd a... Read More »