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         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • The Armenian Chess Secret

    On the free day at the Jermuk Women's Grand Prix tournament way back in 2010, I had a pleasant opportunity to chat with the hosts. My conversation with the chief organizer and famous GM Smbat Lputian inevitably touched on the r... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

    What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w... | Read More

  • Who Will Qualify To Play Magnus Carlsen?

    The Blitz Battle Qualifier to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen is here. Watch the event with live commentary at or  Round one of this 11-round, 3 0 Swiss tournament starts Tuesday, M... | Read More

  • Aronian-Grischuk Blitz Battle Opener April 6: Once More We Play Our Dangerous Game's first-ever GM Blitz Battle Championship is right around the corner, and the field's two most experienced players will kick things off April 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), 1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. London. What does experience come w... | Read More

    • Where the US Stacks Up in Chess Expertise Internationally

      After we saw how chess expertise was distributed in the US, let's take a look at how things stack up internationally (the numbers include all players over the 2200 FIDE rating, including IMs and GMs).   Rank Country             P... | Read More

    • Boycott Iranian Chess? A Reply

      EDIT: Nigel Short responded with an addendum that “the Iran bid was not mentioned in the FIDE General Assembly Agenda. It was sprung on Delegates as a surprise.” This procedural anomaly is worth mentioning in light of my shielding FIDE... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Oct 4, 2016
    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part II

      Foar Part 1, click here.     In the last article I described the basics of the chess Olympiad, and mentioned that it used to be dominated – almost tediously so – by the USSR. But the chess world is different now an... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Aug 21, 2016
    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part I

      NOTE:  This was supposed to be a small note, but once I assembled all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, it quickly turned into quite a long article. So I’ve broken it up into two parts, vaguely along the li... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Aug 19, 2016
    • Rook Endgame Tricks with a GM

      Hi Chess Friends, Occasional on Internet Chess Club, I get paired with Armenian/French GM Tigran Gharamian. He's rated in the 2600s, currently placing him around 130th in the world. As an American, I typically haven't heard of foreign players of... | Read More

      • CoachJKane
      • | Aug 2, 2016

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  • Anastasian, Ashot

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    Ashot Anastasian, born July 16, 1964, is a Grandmaster from Armenia.   He won the Championship of Armenia in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, and 2005.  His current Elo rating is 2555.  His peak Elo rati... Read More »

  • Aginian, Nelli

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    Nelli Aginian was born on August 4, 1981 in Armenia.  In 2005, she was awarded the Woman Grandmaster (WGM) title.  Her highest FIDE rating was 2380.  She is the third player from Armenia, after Elina Danielian and Lilit Mkrtchian, t... Read More »

  • Abrahamyan, Tatev

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    Tatev Abrahamyan is a Woman’s International Master (WIM) who was born in Yerevan, Armenia on January 13, 1988.  In 2005, she tied for 1st in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, but lost the play-off match to Rusudan Goletiani. In... Read More »

  • Aronian, Levon

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    Levon Aronian, born Oct 6, 1982, is a Grandmaster (2001) from Armenia.   He learned chess at the age of 9.  In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Chess Championship with an 8 out 9 score.  He won the 2002 World Junior Chess Champi... Read More »

  • Akobian, Varuzhan

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    Varuzhan Akobian, born Nov 19, 1983, is an International Grandmaster (2004), born in Yerevan, Armenia on November 19, 1983.  In 2002, he tied for 1st place in the World Open.  In 2002, he won the Samford Fellowship.  In 2003, he won... Read More »