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  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, November 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Gelfand the Great There was one top GM who played the Baku Grand Prix, the Tashkent Grand Prix ánd the Petrosian Memorial (Novemb... | Read More

  • The Secret Weapon Of Super Grandmasters, Part 2

    In the first part of this article,  we discussed how Alexey Shirov discovered a beautiful idea during a postmortem analysis of his game vs. GM Azmaiparashvili. Unexpectedly, he got a chance to use a similar idea in the last round of the sam... | Read More

  • University's Prodigy Program - Final Details and Announcements

    This is a fully detailed article regarding University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety whether you have already registered for the Prodigy Program or are reading about it for the first time. Want your child to... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket

    Who is the best chess player of all time? Today, World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads Vishy Anand 1.5-0.5 after two games at the world chess championship in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is the 16th classical world chess champion — mor... | Read More

    • From Patzer to...

      A new series on a growing Chess life.   As some readers may know I attend Old Dominion University’s Chess Club, held every Wednesday, as much as I can. They hold rated USCF games there, often tournaments. My chief goal as a chess player is to... | Read More

    • Tournament #3

      Touranment #3 : Phi Kappa Blanka  9/30/89 NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC TD:  Robert Singletary Section:  U1400 Time Control:  40/90, G/30   I actually found the next 3 tournaments (as well as rounds 1 and 3 from tournament #2) hidden ... | Read More

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      • | Nov 23, 2014
    • Is Magnus Carlsen Playing Chess?

      Perhaps it is a different kind of game now Well, some say Carlsen doesn’t play chess actually. They say he is not a real chess player. Few players still do play chess “in contrast to Carlsen, who prefers to wait for his opponent to make a mist... | Read More


      WFM Monika needs your help. Everybody please join her group "MONIKA".. AS YOU ALL KNOW THAT SHE IS A TREASURE FOR THIS WORLD AND CHESS.COM, ALL OF YOU PLEASE HELP HER.. Everybody is welcome to her group.. we play Team matches, Vote chess and pa... | Read More

    • "An absolute disgrace" Elite Players Miss Chances to Promote Chess

      The World Chess Championship is the highlight of the chess year, so it makes sense for chess to put its best foot forward for the fans and onlookers. Are chess’ elite players doing enough to promote the sport? What do you think about wh... | Read More

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      • | Nov 21, 2014

Video Lessons

  • 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 »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »