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  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • New Contest: Chess In World Landmarks

    Have you ever seen a beautiful landmark or an interesting building and thought, "hey, this place could use more chess?" It's time for another photo manipulation contest on  [Update, June 30: results are below.] Use ... | Read More

  • First Brilliancy Prizes

         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

  • Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

    Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Schrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess c... | Read More

  • Nakamura, MVL To Play Death Match Monday

    Two of the best chess players in the world will face off Monday morning in the biggest Death Match of all time as American number-one GM Hikaru Nakamura is set to battle French number-one GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The match will be br... | 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

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Books Ever

    Lately I’ve gotten several letters from chess fans who want to know what kind of chess books I like, and what books I consider to be the best of all time. That kind of “best-ever” list is very much a matter of taste, and a small list is imp... | Read More

  • Vacancy in the First Saturday Budapest 5th-15th July IM tournament

    We miss a player with around 2250-2300 ELO from the world. Who does want to come now to play for the IM-norm?  The list of the players:  SZEBERENYI, Adam IM 2316 HUN FARAGO, Sandor IM 2249 HUN SZALANCZY, Emil IM 2280 HUN KISLIK, Erik Andrew IM... | Read More

  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 2

    A VERY BASIC BENKO This continues the Classic Pawn Structure series as seen in Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1a and Part 1b. In general, chess professionals know the ins and outs of every structure, non-titled experienced/strong pl... | Read More

  • 3 IGM-s in the First Saturday 3rd-13th May Budapest GM tournaments

    The 3 IGM-s who will play: SERES, Lajos /HUN/, KOSIC, Dragan /MNE/ and BLOMQVIST, Erik (SWE). In the IM section the IM-s: SZALANCZY, Emil (HUN), SZEBERENYI, Adam /HUN/, MATHE, Gaspar /HUN/, AL-ALI, Hussein Ali Hussein /IRQ/.  Who does wish more ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 1

    Target Consciousness. I coined this phrase long ago, and I still consider it to be of enormous use to students who want to play much stronger chess, and also appreciate high-level games. The concept is simple: you need to train your mind to spot t... | Read More

  • The State of - August '13

    The State of is the revival of a monthly segment the CEO used to provide for members on Chess/TV.  The State of was airied on August 14th at 11:30 AM Pacific with Erik,'s CEO and co-founder.  There will b... | Read More

  • At the European Capital of Culture, Part 2

    In the second part of this article we continue the presentation of the new champions: Without a clear rating favorite of the group (about whom you will read below), the girls under 14 championship was won by M. Mahalakshmi from In... | Read More

  • Player Profiles: DanielRensch

    There´s a lot to be said about this week´s target for a Player Profile interview.... What you probably don´t know is that he lives in a village with less than 200 people, he is a husband and a dedicated father of three ... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises - August 2012

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memorized tons... | Read More

  • A Traveling Chess Player 6: My Last Good Tournament

    I felt like it was time for a bit of an update to the “Traveling Chess Player” series which led to me getting a column here. As I mentioned at the end of the last article, I had settled in Serbia and was doing very well in tournaments ... | Read More

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises

    No time to study opening theory? Shock your opponent with an SOS! With an SOS you deviate early (usually before move 6!) from regular lines in mainstream openings. So you will reach positions you have actually studied without having memori... | Read More

  • Chess By The Numbers

    Chess... by the numbers! Our favorite game is amazing. | Read More

  • The Psychology of Opening Choices

    The opening phase of the game can be particularly influenced by the psychology of the players. Whereas in the middlegame and endgame you are usually simply looking for a good move – or the best move – in the opening you have many choices. Sinc... | Read More