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  • The $35,000 GM Blitz Battle Championship

    Chess.com is launching a new online blitz and bullet chess championship series, with the biggest payout in online history, and three of the world's top chess players have already signed on.  The Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship will be... | 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

  • Video Series On The King's Indian Defense

    The King's Indian Defense is one of the great openings in chess history. A favorite of many of Caissa's greatest innovators — the King's Indian Defense was central to the development of new, dynamic ways to play chess. No more taking 1.... | Read More

  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More

  • No Balance, No Success

    I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... | Read More


    • My Immortal Game: The most beautiful game I ever played

      Most serious chess fans are aware of the so called "immortal"games of Adolf Anderssen from the early 1850s. These games were played in a swashbuckling style where both sides threw caution to the wind and pieces at their enemy's king until one of ... | Read More

    • CHESS HISTORY

      Chess History Origins of chess Many countries claim to have invented the chess game in some incipient form. The most commonly held belief is that chess originated in India, where it was called Chaturanga, which appears to have been invented in the... | Read More

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    • Amazing Game : Middlegame King walk! - Nigel Short Immortal Game!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_oYHeXNT7k One of the immortal games in the chess history. King walk starts at 06:58. | Read More

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      • | Jan 8, 2016
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    • Opening Review of The Giuoco Piano

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we'll review one of the most common opening repertoires first learned when playing 1.e4: The Giuoco Piano.   It's taught early to fledgling players because there's less theory than many other openings and introduces pla... | Read More

      • Samantha212
      • | Dec 13, 2015
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    • The Mikenas Attack in the English Opening

      Hello Chess Fans, The English Opening is a hypermodern approach to controling the center with 1.c4 claiming control of d5 from the flank.  It often transposes into the Reversed Sicilian Opening when Black plays ...e5, giving White a tempo UP ... | Read More

      • Samantha212
      • | Nov 11, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... 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 »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »