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  • Adolf Anderssen

    Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen was born in Breslau, Prussia (now Wroclaw, Poland) on July 6, 1818. He came from a poor family. He learned chess from his father in 1827 at the age of 9 and filled up his school books with chess diagrams. He lived... | Read More

    • Confessions of a Chess Addict: I'm not a donkey!

      After my last post, I decided to play more turn based games instead of the live chess games that I adore so much.  I thought that this would help me slow down, take my time, and really assess the moves that I make.   Boy, was I wrong. ... | Read More

    • re: vacation time

      I am a relatively new member and have gone through one tournament, which was quite enjoyable.  One of the players who I had beaten asked me for a rematch, which I was happy to grant.  However, after only several moves of the opening, he has not ... | Read More

      • renedavid
      • | Aug 29, 2014
    • To All My Opponents

      Dear opponents, I've recently become awfully busy with school and am having time commitment issues to this site. I'm working on 1) decreasing my workload and 2) decreasing my games. I got really sad when I came back to the site, so I got out of c... | Read More

      • 7thSense
      • | Jan 17, 2014
    • OK! This Time I Need 256 Players! :D

      [Blog History]       Since my first two tournaments are starting off well, I've decided to do another set of them, this time with better rating categories but using the same settings otherwise.   64 Players per tourney 2 Players per group... | Read More


      MY LAST YEAR OF USCF OVER THE BOARD CHESS 1973           The end of 1973 ws the time I decided to stop playing USCF over the board chess and to concentrate on my correspondence chess.  The truth is I was very good with enough time to c... | Read More

      • ponz111
      • | Dec 23, 2013

  • Harrwitz, Daniel

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    Daniel Harrwitz (29 April 1823 – 9 January 1884) was a German master (born in Breslau, Silesia) and world’s best active player in the mid 1850s.  He played matches against Staunton, Anderssen, Lowenthal, and lost to Morphy.  He became a prof... Read More »

  • Sicilian: What Happens After The Immediate 5... e5?!

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    The Sicilian Defense: What Happens after the immediate 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! This is a quite dubious move, trying to steal tempo from white. However, white can "takeback" the tempo by 6. Bb5+! Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 whe... Read More »

  • endgame study

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    An Endgame Study is a composed problem in an endgame position that contains an aesthetic solution, and is usually hard to find. There are many such studies, and famous composers include GM Pal Benko, Ladislav Prokes,Richard Reti,and Alexei Troitsk... Read More »

  • Cardoso, Ruth

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    Ruth Cardoso was born in Salvador, Brazil  on February 9, 1934.  In 1970, she was awarded the title of Woman International Master (WIM) from FIDE.    She won the South American Women’s Championship in 1966, 1969, and 1972.  She won the Br... Read More »

  • Fork

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    A fork is a chess term for when one piece simultaneously attacks two enemy pieces or pawns. This often results in a loss of material for the side receiving the fork. A "royal fork" is when the queen and king are both attacked at the same time. Read More »