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         Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove... | Read More

  • Cuba

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  • Brenzinger the Forgotten

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  • Visions of Morphy

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    • Mating patterns in 5-min-games (9) - Black attacked the Ruy Lopez following Dubois-Steinitz

      This is a nice mating pattern. Let's call it pin and mate. My opponent played a nice attack against my castled king following a famous game often attributed to Steinitz with the black pieces against Dubois. First my loss. The cited game  is int... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Mar 17, 2016
      • | 270 views
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    • Take the blue pill !

      In the analysis sessions with the old chess master we looked a few times at Rook versus Bishop and Rook + pawn versus Bishop. I learned about the king being in the wrong corner, and more surprising : some positions with Rook + pawn vs. Bishop are... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Feb 27, 2016
      • | 653 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Superb traps

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      • theaqua
      • | Aug 15, 2015
      • | 629 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Yip Celebrity Chess Players

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      • amerxp00
      • | Jan 5, 2015
      • | 1809 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

      Here are memories of Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky, an old-time Russian and Soviet player. Take note that those were published in old Soviet times, soon after Stalin's death. In that time, to get non-fiction books published, anyone and everyone... | Read More


  • 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 it's association with the royal ga... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 10 - The Team

    Today Chess.com 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 Chess.com, and I just wanted to let everyone know how far from true tha... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Feb 29, 2008
    • | 7367 reads
    • | Misc
  • Building Chess.com: Part 1 - Getting Started

    A lot of people have asked about how Chess.com got started, how it is doing now, and where it is going, so I thought I would share some of the inside story :) Chess.com as an online chess community was an idea I conceived a few years ago. I enjoye... | Read More