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  • Titled Tuesday: What You Need To Know

    Titled Tuesday is'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

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    I’ve talked to countless chess fans over the years and though all serious chess players have their favorite chess heroes, many of them aren’t in touch with the human side of the chess legends. This is the first of two articles showing some of ... | Read More

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More

  • "Queer Moves in Chess"

         I stumbled upon the following article while reading through the March 1903 edition of "Checkmate: Monthly Chess Review."  It looked familiar and I was able to determine I had seen it before in "Pollock Memories,"  a collection of his ... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

    • Weekly Puzzle Week 41: Two Nice Tactics In One Round

      This week, week 41 in 2015, there are two puzzles, both tactics are played at the Poikovsky tournament 2015 (click to see the live games on in round 4. Puzzle 1, white to move wins: Puzzle 2, white to move wins: | Read More

      • vc153415
      • | Oct 6, 2015
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    • Team Match Championship League - Gorlap's Division System Proposal

      Proposed system provides simple rules and easy management of TMCL as a system of Round Robin tournaments.   System is dynamic and challenging and enables reasonable possibilities for advancing of all teams, especially for new teams who start... | Read More

      • gorlap
      • | Oct 5, 2015
    • #31 1992 NC Scholastic Championships

      << #30 Phi Kappa Blanca XL -- #32 >>  Tournament #31 : 1992 NC Scholastic Championships, 3/7/92 Charlotte, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  Open (College) Time Control:  ??? <Crosstable>   March '92 ended up being a ver... | Read More

      • dl_leonine
      • | Oct 3, 2015
    • USCF 2015 Tournaments By State

      Upcoming Tournaments   National Events   Grand Prix Events   Foreign Events Tournament Listings by State AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasNorthern CaliforniaSouthern CaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaii... | Read More

    • Rapid fire

      I've had the opportunity to play a couple of rapid tournaments recently, in a weak attempt to shake off the rust before the European league season starts. There was a nice 'holiday' rapid in Luxembourg, whose chess community is super fun and soci... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Oct 2, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Phillips, Harold

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    Harold Meyer Phillips (1874-1967) was a lawyer and President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) from 1950-54, President of the Manhattan Chess Club, former New York State Champion and Manhattan Chess Club Champion (1902).  He was the or... Read More »

  • Foygel, Igor

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    Igor Foygel was born in Kiev in 1947.  He represented the republic of Ukraine in national youth chess competitions.  He became a master in 1974 and later became an International Master of Correspondence Chess.  He immigrated to the United State... Read More »

  • Jan Timman

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    Jan Timman is a Dutch GM. He was born in Amsterdam, December 14 1951. His peak rating was in the 2600s. He is currently rated 2571. He used a wide variety of openings and popularized a large opening repitorire. He has played in 13 chess olympiads ... Read More »