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  • The Master's Bulletin, January 2015

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Another Year “Another year has gone by, and this Bulletin starts the second year of our magazine in this form. While the Tata... | Read More

  • Pfc. Seidman

              Despite the War, the 1940s were an exciting time in American chess, especially in New York.  The USCF, newly formed, still seemed vibrant and "Chess Review,"  Horowitz' somewhat self-serving periodical, reflected the vivacious... | Read More

  • Titled Player Tuesday Historical Archive

    Titled Player Tuesdays are's monthly events only for those with a USCF or FIDE title. They take place on the last Tuesday of every month and the total prize fund is $1000, with first place getting $500 and five places paying prize money.... | Read More

  • The Greenwich Village Gambit

     Manhattan, early '60s --  a place and a time.       One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More

  • 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

    • Grahame Plays OPRFHS #2

      I just played a tournament this Saturday, but until Sevan gets around to submitting it to the USCF, I'll hold off on posting it.  | Read More

      • Pligrim
      • | Jan 25, 2015
    • Parallels between the Classical Music and the Chess scene.

      A good chess playing friend of mine, Dr Jeevarajah Nithiananthan is an accomplished pianist as well.  Hence, he has a very good idea of the Classical Music scene /circuit as he still does the occasional piano performance for schools and other fun... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Jan 22, 2015
    • Peter Radomskyj vs Ramon Garcia

      The following game was played by my friend Peter who is a USCF National Master In the Garden State Chess League. Peter was on Board one: 1 d4, Nf6; 2 c4, e6; 3 Nc3, d5; 4 Bg5, Be7; 5 e3, h6; 6 Bh4, c6; 7 Nf3, Nb8d7; 8 Bd3, dxc; 9 Bxc4, Nd5; 10 Bx... | Read More

      • tubebender
      • | Jan 16, 2015
    • Interesting Game from a recent tournament...

      so i recently played a tourn and played this guy named samuel he who is like 2240 uscf rated. ive played him in the past before, and in our most recent match, i lost with white against him. i played 1. nf3 and stuff like that and samuel he crushed... | Read More

      • Mr_Penings
      • | Jan 12, 2015
    • Losing Twice in One Game: A study in the Scandinavian Defense

      I lost this Scandinavian Defense game twice: once in the opening, and again in the middlegame. If we had made it to an endgame, I'm sure I would have lost it a third time, alas I was spared that horror. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I was a... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jan 9, 2015


  • 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 »

  • Weinberger, Tibor

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    FIDE Master and USCF Senior Master. He was a Hungarian master who played in five Hungarian championships from 1952 through 1956. He came to the United States in 1957. In 1957, he won the Minneapolis Open and the New Jersey Open. In 1958, he ... Read More »

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Ervin, Roy

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    Roy Carl Ervin was born in Los Angeles on January 4, 1951 and grew up in Santa Monica.  In 1969, he took 2nd in the Ventura Marina Chess Festival, won by Ray Martin, and ahead of Norman Whitaker.  In 1969, at the American Open in Santa Monica, E... Read More »

  • Baginskaite, Camilla

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    Camilla Baginskaite was born in Vilnus, Lithuania on April 24, 1967.  At age 15, she became the youngest female master in Lithuania.  In 1986, she took 3rd place in the World Championship for Girls under 20.  In 1988, she won the World Champion... Read More »