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  • Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

    Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Shrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess ch... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen And The Two Bishops

    The last year was tough for the world champion, Magnus Carlsen. Not only did he lose a lot of rating points, but also some people questioned the gap between Carlsen and the other chess players from the world's top 10. I saw a chess article where... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2015

    As the calendar turns to 2016, it's time to look back at the best chess of the past year. The year 2015 was a big one for chess. With the creation of the Grand Chess Tour, the chess world had an exciting new super-tournament series to follo... | Read More

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Carlsen, Capablanca And The Beatles

    About a quarter of a century ago, I started playing in international tournaments on a regular basis. Just like thousands of other folks from the former Soviet Union I enjoyed the fall of the Iron Curtain and ability to freely travel abroad. Pret... | Read More

    • Wei Yi Wins The "Best Game of 2015 Prize"

      Undoubtedly, we have a clear winner of the "Best Game Prize" for all of 2015: Wei Yi's Brilliancy. GM Wei Yi is often referred to as the "sucessor to Carlsen". He is the one who broke Carlsen's record for youngest Super Grandmaster ever. In the f... | Read More

    • The first big tournament went crap

      My father learned me to play chess about 35 years ago. I played some, but not alot.Then I stopped, and started again 2 years ago at Steinkjer Chess Club.Last weekend I was playing a chess tournament in Levanger, called Levanger Grand Prix. I play... | Read More

    • Who will qualify to play Magnus Carlsen in the world final

      Hello Liam here who do U think will win the Qualifiying tournament to play Magnus Carlsen in the world match later this year? | Read More

      • BeltoGM
      • | Feb 3, 2016
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    • Statistics in the Candidates

             The Candidates Tournament is coming, and the field is closer than ever. Carlsen says picking a favorite “would be impossible, and [he thinks] it’s going to be very close probably and be decided in the last round.” But how close d... | Read More

      • emouret
      • | Feb 2, 2016
    • What Is It About Carlsen and Tata Steel?

        Photo Credit: Cathy Rogers We all have certain tournaments where we consistently perform well: something about the environment puts us in a better mood, improves our focus, or gives us an ideal rhythm. For Magnus, that tournament is Tata ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Chess

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    Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, correspondence, and in... Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Aronian, Levon

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    Levon Aronian, born Oct 6, 1982, is a Grandmaster (2001) from Armenia.   He learned chess at the age of 9.  In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Chess Championship with an 8 out 9 score.  He won the 2002 World Junior Chess Champi... Read More »