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  • Play Like A Beginner!

    Two months ago, one of the oldest grandmasters in the world, Mark Taimanov, turned 90.  Just like any professional chess player he had many ups and downs in his career, but due to his limitless optimism he is still a very active person. ... | Read More

  • A Squid Plays Chess member Squid22 wrote: “I played 5.Nb5 to be obnoxious. It wouldn’t be hard to make this knight move harmless (5...d6, and then I’ve just wasted a move). However, my opponent played 5...a6. That moves looks natura... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • Enlightened Chess

    The Introduction:      The second half of the 18th century into the early 19th century was marked with cultural changes previously equaled perhaps only by the Renaissance.  There were great and important political revolutions, such as those... | Read More

  • Will Hope Be Krushed at Death Match 26?

    For just the second time,'s Death Match will feature two ladies. GM Nadezhda Kosintseva will take on GM Irina Krush in Death Match 26 on Saturday, July 26 at 12 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5), 9 a.m. Pacific. The event will be live on | Read More

    • New Cheating in Chess: The Danov Case

      Today’s blog post I have devoted to a sensitive topic, particularly in chess, one that has been discussed and decided upon for the last few years. The matter to be discussed today is namely chess cheating. After a spike of tournament cheating ca... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • People who curse

      people who curse should be banned from, i know that this is a big issue in but  i think that there should be a report button and when someone curses you go report it, proof that he used offensive language (include name in pict... | Read More

      • alwang101
      • | Apr 21, 2016
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    • Concrete Reasoning Rules The Day

      It's with a heavy heart I'm obliged to annotate this tainted game where I was Black in an English opening and drew. Shortly after the game, my opponent's account was banned, and I can only speculate why, given his near fautless play in our first g... | Read More

    • GM Daniil Dubov discusses the Candidates' tournament and cheating in chess The interview was conducted on March 16th. Daniil Dubov: This tournament is so depressive that this is the most interesting thing. Maria Manakova: "This"? What are you talking about? DD: Is Maria Manakova actual... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Mar 24, 2016
    • Play good, but not to good, play bad, but not too bad.

      I got this not from "Brother Josh"  of staff. I have asked him for a better explaination of where he thinks I didn't play well enough. I guess here at you just can't win.  Play too well and they ban you for being a computer... | Read More

      • Parker134
      • | Mar 18, 2016

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • Ehlvest, Jaan

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    Jaan Ehlvest, born Oct 14, 1962, is an Estonian Grandmaster (1987).   In 1981, he took 2nd in the World Junior Chess Championship.  He won the European Junior Championship in 1982/83.  He won the New York Open in 1994 and the W... Read More »

  • South Africa

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    The Cape Town Chess Club in South Africa was founded in 1885.  Competitive chess began in 1891.  The first South African championship was held in 1892 and won by E. Roberts and A. Rivett.  South Africa was banned from FIDE from 1977... Read More »

  • Cell phone

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    In 2003, former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov was kicked out of a chess tournament because his cell phone rang during the course of a match.  As per article 13.4 of the laws of chess, he was disqualified when his cell phone rang during a g... Read More »