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  • Your Holiday Chess Buying Guide

    Chess sets and equipment make great gifts for the holidays. Studies have shown that playing chess has many benefits, including better memory function, problem-solving skills, creativity, social skills, concentration and more. (10 Big Benefits of P... | Read More

  • The 8 Best Chess Apps

    The mobile platform now dominates the Internet. Many more YouTube videos are watched on mobile devices (mostly smartphones) than on desktop and laptop computers combined. Two months ago, Google announced that the majority of its search... | Read More

  • The Nakamura Brothers

    Asuka Nakamura was born on February 4, 1986 in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.  His mother is Carolyn Nakamura Weeramantry, a classically trained musician and former public school teacher. Hikaru Nakamura (pronounced Heh-CAR-uh NAH-ku... | Read More

    • Playing Smart: The Benefits of Chess for Kids

      Playing chess . . . Improves concentration and memory. According to studies done at the University of Memphis, playing chess significantly improves children’s visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability. Perhaps that’s becau... | Read More

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    • I Lost Because I "Didn't See" His Combination

      One of the reasons I hear quite often on why someone lost a game is they "Didn't see" something: the bishop that took their queen or the combination their opponent played on them, or the combination they missed that would have won. But there are ... | Read More

      • danheisman
      • | Sep 1, 2013
    • Am more shocked than ever and how difficult OTB is

      I went to another OTB tournament this past weekend.  I'm not going to go discuss my performance. It was fun and I enjoyed playing, but I'm partially demoralized from the experience.  The gap between OTB and Turn-based play is gigantic.  I haven... | Read More

      • inmaniac
      • | Sep 19, 2011
    • How To Inspire Your Child To Enjoy Chess

      Much has been written about the benefits of the game of chess for all age levels but chess is especially beneficial for children.  Even Benjamin Franklin had praise for the game, inspiring him to write his Morals of Chess book.Beginning around ag... | Read More

    • Chess for Kids

      I look after a regular Junior Chess section at our local club.  Some recent ideas we have used to make it more fun. esp for the younger kids are: 1.    Group games, where the kids are split into 2 groups (one playing white and ... | Read More

      • chessknot
      • | Nov 29, 2007

  • En Passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may ... Read More »

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Mistakes that beginners make

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    Somebody once told me that people rated two thousand were horrible chess players.  They are what I would call beginners.  So if your rated two thousand or below (Or above) Don't feel bad!  World champion, Magnus Carleson (2850)  Is no better.... Read More »

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... Read More »

  • Danish Gambit

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    The Danish Gambit is an ultra-agressive opening for white. It is not commonly seen in tournament play since lines have been found to blunt it. It is still occasionally seen in amateur play though. In this gambit white sacks 3 pawns for one, hoping... Read More »