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    CAÏSSA'S  BATTLEFIELD       Chess at its purest is a totally abstract game that requires nothing but one's mind.       While the accoutrements...

  • A Gift of State

       In August of 1974 Richard Milhous Nixon became the first and only U.S. president to resign from office. But during his presidency - May 22 -30, 1972 - he made a historic trip to the Soviet Union.   ...

  • Eisenberg's Strange Gambit

          One of the oddest, yet intriguing variations in the King's Gambit Accepted is one discovered by Louis Eisenberg.             ...

  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4...

  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community...

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  • An old fashioned Facebook-style rant -- about why chess sucks

    Science fiction writer H.G. Wells apparently played some chess but had mixed feelings about the activity. If you don't recognize the name, you may recognize his work. He wrote short stories including The War of...

  • Paul Morphy- A Positional Player of the Highest Class!

    We hear it all the time, and so much, we believe it to be true: "Paul Morphy was a tactician...." But when we take a closer examination, it turns out that the opposite is true: Paul Morphy was a consumate positional...

  • Building (Updated from 2007 Post!)

    • erik
    • Aug 3, 2016, 11:06 AM started as an idea in 2005. By early 2006 I had created a 107 page Microsoft Word document of wireframes and plans... and then handed them to Jay and said "Build this!". I've never shared those images...

  • Stories about chessplayers , part 2

    In his book "Emanuel Lasker: Second World Champion" Isaak Linder offers several anecdotes. One of them is:Millionaire's Whim:  Once an American millionaire invited two famous chess masters, Emanuel Lasker and Geza...

  • Blogs to read here - Jeremy Silman

    You might discuss if my #1 G. Serper and my #3 IM J. Silman are blogs or paid articles. So my #3 is clear: To be honest, I'm not a Silman fan from his books. As a trainer...

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  • Hastings Chess Festival Gets Underway

    The town of Hastings on the southern coast of England is most famous for a pivotal historical battle 'The Battle of Hastings' in 1066, but since the late 19th century it has been better known among chess fans for...

  • Building Part 10 - The Team

    • erik
    • Feb 29, 2008, 8:43 PM

    Today was featured in a great video news piece in which I (Erik) had a few embarrassing interview clips. In the video I was referred to as the "creator" of, and I just wanted to let...

  • Building Part 1 - Getting Started

    • erik
    • Aug 7, 2007, 5:00 PM

    A lot of people have asked about how got started, how it is doing now, and where it is going, so I thought I would share some of the inside story :) as an online chess community was an idea I...

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