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  • 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

  • Test Your Chess Understanding, Part 2

    Usually an article discusses a particular player, or tactic, or some positional concept. When I teach tactical motifs, you know that all the puzzles are going to be about tactics. If I am discussing a particular idea concerning a pawn structure, y... | Read More

  • Alexander Alekhine (Part 7): The Dark Years

    In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937.  After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... | Read More

    • My 2 Cents, "Probably" Won't Have an Impact

      I retired 7 December 2014. One of the first things I did was turn in my work phone and buy a new cell phone. It had all these apps and gadgets and stuff. Since I now have plenty of time, I decided that I was going to get back into chess seriously ... | Read More

    • Good news, and this time, it's real.

      So, a few weeks ago, I thought I had gotten Abel banned for good. I was horribly wrong. But this time, I reported him again, and I got this message: JAN 27, 2016  |  06:27AM PST   Amelia replied:   Ugh, I’m so sorry about this. I have ... | Read More

    • High cheater percentage

      Here is some cheater stats for every game I played against different opponents rated >= 2000 at Online chess: 12 (46%) not banned users 14 (54%) banned users (Last update: 2016, Jan, 22) That's kinda sad.                        ... | Read More

      • pHUMpK1Ns
      • | Jan 21, 2016
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    • I officially renew my ban on blitz

      A few months ago, I banned myself from blitz till a big tournement that happened a couple weeks ago. I officially renew that ban. I can not play blitz until January 1, 2017. I will not take this back, and I am posting it public so I can't go back... | Read More

      • logozar
      • | Jan 18, 2016
    • Good news, and more good news

      I did it. I actually did it. Or, at least I think I did. But I did it. I really did. I defeated Abel. I really did. I got him permanently banned. I reported him, and sure enough, staff responded. Hopefully, no one will ever be bothered by him agai... | Read More

  • 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 »