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  • 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

  • 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

  • Vladimir Kramnik And The Berlin Defense

    Before the 2000 world championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov, the latter had been champion since long before I started playing chess. Kasparov dominated the chess world and seemed unbeatable. I naturally assumed that he wou... | Read More

  • The Man That Walked By Himself

    The recent departure of IM Emory Tate is a severe blow to American chess. While we have many chess players who are stronger than him and a huge number of chess players who are weaker than him, we'll never have another Emory Tate. In this article... | Read More

  • Anatoly Karpov And The Caro-Kann

    After his famous 1972 victory over Boris Spassky in the so-called "Match of the Century," Bobby Fischer stopped playing chess. He did not compete in any tournaments as the world champion. When Anatoly Karpov emerged as his challenger in 1975,... | Read More

    • Chess in Providence, RI

      'Tis the season to really dive into chess! I always have Daily Chess games, here on, but I've been missing some good-old, over the board chess.   After some research, I found the following Providence chess clubs. I ... | Read More

      • jabowocky
      • | Nov 30, 2015

      American Open The American Open was going all swell and well... Except for the one cheater named David Whitten. Up to Round 7 he had an almost perfect score: one draw to a 1400 player. He had been vigorously shaking and it was almost seemingly th... | 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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    • Chess Tactics Daily Training Log

      Day #2 (11-29-15) I worked on chess tactics for one hour and 30 minutes today on  Here is a fifteen minute video snippet of my training session:     Day #1 (11-28-15) I worked on chess tactics for one hour and 30 minutes ... | 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

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 »