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  • Positional Combinations

    I will begin by affirming that the title of this article is deliberately oxymoronic. According to David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld's The Oxford Companion to Chess (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), a combination is "a series of forci... | Read More

  • The Blackjack Death Match's 21st Death Match will have GMs Georg Meier and Imre Balog at the card table on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. (GMT - 8) But who brings better cards to the casino? Meier, FIDE 2636, has a chip lead... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #14 - The Day After Halloween

    “Did you have a nice Halloween?” the Professor asked both Zephyr and Lucian who, once again, were in class together.  --- Both of the Professor’s prized students nodded in agreement. --- The Professor continued: “I... | Read More

  • Johannes Zukertort, Master of Dynamics

    Johannes Zukertort was born September 7th, 1842 in Lublin, Poland. It’s always interesting to wonder what a person will eventually become — a life in the military perhaps, a businessman, will he struggle to survive, a doctor or lawyer, or will... | Read More

  • Carl Friedrich Andreyevich von Jaenisch

         Tschigorin had written in 1880:  "In the chess world there are not a lot of names with such a wide and well-deserved reputation as the that of our compatriot Carl A. Jaenisch."  Carl von Jaenisch (1813-1872)      Jaenish, a rai... | Read More

    • Englishlegend

      Years ago, I met a girl that was younger than I. She was a student, at Nottingham trent university. We played a few games of chess, over a couple of days, she lost every single game. Then, we started playing chess again, and I couldn't move, nor... | Read More

    • 12-13 April 2014 Interuniversitary Tournament,Kültür University

      Hi everyone...Two days ago as Istanbul University representatives we attended a tournament where the score for team was determined with the sum of three high scorers of the university...Time control was 45 min with 30 seconds increment per move.I ... | Read More

      • JRC_96
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • I will Cheat Officially by telling and my opponent !!

      my Solution : if i loose 1 game because of this shitttt connection error i will Cheat in 2 Blitz games by using Chess Search Engine ! I will do use vulgor langauge! I will do ruin the fun of playing chess as i am forcefully irritated and can't ... | Read More

      • JayBadshah
      • | Apr 7, 2014
    • GM Roman Dzindzichashvili Simul: April 13th

      Dzindzi is back! GM Roman Dzindzichashvili will be playing an online chess simul on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM US/Canada Pacific Time (PDT) right here on! This simul, brought to you by University, will be played in C... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Apr 6, 2014
    • A shocking development

      Having been an active member of the US Chess scene for many years, as a player of many different levels throughout my life, I've definitely come to notice those who inspire us and make the biggest contributions to our community. There are many big... | Read More

      • Shankland
      • | Apr 1, 2014

Video Lessons

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... 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 »

  • Beliavsky, Alexander

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    Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky (Belyavsky) was born on Decmber 17, 1953 in Lviv, USSR.  After finishing school, he did not qualify for the University Law Faculty, but was accepted in the Sports College as chess was considered a sport in the USS... Read More »

  • Abrahams, Gerald

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    Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980) was British lawyer (barrister), chess master and chess author.   His eight chess books include Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Chess Mind (1952), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess... Read More »

  • Diesen, Mark

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    Mark Diesen, born September 16, 1957, is an International Master (1976), U.S. Co-Junior Champion (with Michael Rohde) and World Junior Champion in 1976 (played in Groningen, Holland).  He was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Maryland. He became... Read More »