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  • 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 of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave: Blitz Battle Feelings vs Facts

    GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are doubtlessly deep in preparation for their upcoming Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal match on August 24 at 10 a.m. PST. They are surely doing countless ... | Read More

  • Windows Of Chess Opportunity

    In an amateur chess game, opportunities abound. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often missed. Positional gains are snubbed, tactics are missed, a winning endgame is agreed drawn, and mutual fear leads both players into a deep, dark abyss.&n... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

    GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian... | Read More

  • Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

    The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ... | Read More

    • 20,000th game of bullet chess played today...

      Today I played my 20,000th game of bullet chess. My record is 9,647 wins and 9,694 losses with 659 draws. What is interesting, though, is that I am ChessPlayinDude47 and you will notice that there is a 47 in my number of wins, but, furthermore, if... | Read More

    • What It's Like To Visit The Moscow Chess Museum

      With the opening of the Moscow Chess Museum, chess has had a formal home in the Russian capital since September 2014. Chess enthusiasts of all stripes — newbies, club players, and grandmasters alike — will do themselves well to visit, gawk at ... | Read More

      • dylanlove
      • | Aug 28, 2016
    • Round three of the North Carolina Open

      Round three will go down as one of the true heartbreakers of my chess career. I played a solid master and got an excellent game once against with the black pieces. I took the initiative with a pawn thrust on the kingside that lead to an exchange o... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 27, 2016
    • Round one North Carolina Open

      For several years now Walter High has taken on the responsibility of piecing together North Carolina's premier chess event in the Greensboro Internationl Chess Festival. This year is the first that he is organizing the event by himself as his part... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 26, 2016
    • Southern Congress Chess U2200

      Here are my games from the 2016 Southern Chess Congress U2200 section: Round 1 My opponent eventually ended up flagging Round 2 The open C-file, the active bishops combined with white's weak pawn gave me enough companciation for the e7 pawn. ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... Read More »

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • Adams, Weaver

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    Weaver Warren Adams (1901-1963) was born on April 28, 1901 in Dedham, Massachusetts.  His parents were Frank H. Adams (salesman for Bellantine Breweries and Ceresota Flour) and Ethel Weaver Adams.  His mother’s side has been traced back to t... Read More »