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  • Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist

    The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands... | Read More

  • 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

    • Ratings too High?

      This is a message for players who want to be in or who are in a U1200 Tournament.    I am sorry to hear lots of complaints about players ratings being too high. As a tournament director, I want to make sure that everyone is having a fun t... | Read More

    • Book Review: Insanity, Passion and Addiction

      BOOK REVIEW:  “Insanity, Passion and Addiction: A year inside the chess world” (Danny Gormally)   Most chess books are more or less the same. An opening treatise, an instructional book on endgames or middlegames, a t... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 21, 2016
    • Dealing With Online Chess Cheaters

      Unfortunately, like all sports, there will always be unsportsmanlike people willing to cheat, and chess is no exception. I've been on for a couple of months now, and since my rating passed 1800, I've started to notice, or suspect, the ma... | Read More

    • Should Coffee Be Banned In Chess Tournaments?

      Back in the days, coffee use to be on the list of prohibited substances set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.  However, they removed it back in 2004.  This short article explores whether this is justified or not. Other than the additional focus ... | 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

  • 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 »