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Fred Reinfeld

Fred Reinfeld

DonMcKim
| 1 hr ago

Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) has been called "The Man Who Taught America Chess"--and so he was! Reinfeld was amazing. Some have called him a “genius.” He produced perhaps 260 books (with varying editions and titles). His writings includ...

Blindfold chess scenes in movies and TV shows

Blindfold chess scenes in movies and TV shows

Rocky64
| 11 hrs ago

In popular culture and films in particular, chess has become a shorthand for “a battle of wits between two intelligent characters.” As such, chess-playing scenes are plentiful and I had no shortage of highlights to choose from for my e...

Short game - Big lesson #2

Short game - Big lesson #2

FM GaboSalazar2001
| 1 day ago

This is the third post in a series of short games that will be released every Monday. If you want to be part of this journey you can share one of your games by sending me a message. Last week we analyzed an old game that shows the importance of ...

A Century of Chess: Frank Marshall (1900-1909)

A Century of Chess: Frank Marshall (1900-1909)

kahns
| 2 days ago

A quirk of chess history is the recurring figure of the lone American genius who travels to Europe and takes the continent by storm. This has happened more times, and had a more profound impact on chess, than one might expect. There's Morphy in 18...

Puzzle Up!

Puzzle Up!

Pheonix_Free
| 2 days ago

Puzzle Up Puzzles are a great way to improve your tactical skills. It's the reason people say to do your puzzles daily. Puzzles are like little tidbits of patterns and skills that can be helpful in finding a checkmate pattern or a brilliant tact...

Questioning Non-Chess Players Part 2

Questioning Non-Chess Players Part 2

Lightning
| 5 days ago

Hello there, and welcome to the Lightning Reports. Back in January, I introduced a new blog idea when I questioned several non-chess players about chess for the first time. 4 months later, I've brought you a part 2 to my Questioning NCPs series! Y...

300 Most Important Chess Exercises: A Review

300 Most Important Chess Exercises: A Review

DonMcKim
| 5 days ago

Thomas Engqvist, 300 Most Important Chess Exercises. London: Batsford, 2022. 412 pgs. 9781849947510. Paper.   If you like to work through chess exercises—this may be the book for you! Engqvist is a Swedish International Master wit...

Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

simaginfan
| 6 days ago

Afternoon everyone. Day off today, so something quick while I have a couple of hours. Some of you may remember this offering - https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/morphy-lasker-alekhine-and-moriau-a-chess-lucky-bag  Well, the latest volum...

Webinar 124. Attacking Moves with the King

Webinar 124. Attacking Moves with the King

FM Gertsog
| 6 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I believe every chess player wants to attack in a chess game. It’s easier to attack rather than defend. Moreover, if you make a mistake during the attack, you are unlikely to lose the game. But if you make a mistake bei...

New York 1927

New York 1927

DonMcKim
| 7 days ago

Three years after the famous New York 1924 tournament, top chess players gathered for New York 1927. But this time there were only six players. Edward Winter at https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/winter170.html Basics about the tournament ...

Both Sides Now - My Version

Both Sides Now - My Version

MomOnaBreak
| 7 days ago

Rows and rows of checkered squaresRooks and bishops in the airPawns and knights are everywhereI've looked at clouds that way … But now they only block the sunThey rain and snow on everyoneSo many games I could have playedBut clouds got...

Top 10 Openings for Black

Top 10 Openings for Black

NM SmarterChess
| 8 days ago

Last week we looked at the top 10 openings for White. What are the best openings for Black in the past twelve months for players rated between 1000 and 2000? These openings come from the Chess.com Openings popular openings page. I ranked the openi...

Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

Time to shake off the rust + May AMA answers

DanielGuel
| 8 days ago

Alrighty guys! So where are we? I just finished Pan Ams... which was January 9th, this tournament was played on March 12th, so I had a two month gap in between tournaments. And, I'm writing this on May 9th, which means I'm very behind on tournamen...

Short game - Big lesson #1

Short game - Big lesson #1

FM GaboSalazar2001
| 8 days ago

This is the second post in a series of short games that will be released every Monday. If you want to be part of this journey you can share one of your games by sending me a message. Last week we talked about how important it is to remember our ...

A Century of Chess: Rudolf Swiderski (1900-1909)

A Century of Chess: Rudolf Swiderski (1900-1909)

kahns
| 9 days ago

"Of all the chess masters I ever met Rudolf Swiderski was the most weird," wrote Frank Marshall. Which - just think of all the chess masters you know - is probably really saying something. "He made very few friends, had a gentle but mela...

Master Study: Kasparov vs. Karpov

Master Study: Kasparov vs. Karpov

Pheonix_Free
| 10 days ago

Master Study Kasparov vs. Karpov It was September 22, 2009. Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov were sitting across from each other in Valencia to play some rapid and blitz games against each other. These two former world champions and some of th...

Top 10 Openings for White

Top 10 Openings for White

NM SmarterChess
| 11 days ago

What are the best openings for White in the past twelve months for players rated between 1000 and 2000? I was wondering the same question, so I crunched the numbers! These openings come from the Chess.com Openings popular openings page. I ranked t...

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