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  • A List of One’s Own: The New Top 100 Women Rankings

    By Maret Thorpe. Photo: Tae Moon [Reprinted with permission of the author and US Chess.] “I’m so honored to have made it on to the first iteration of the Top Women Age 50 and Over! I hope these newly added lists encourage mo... | Read More

  • Hollywood Herman

    Herman Steiner's immense love for the game spread a spark which brought chess to life in California. he made chess alive for thousands of school children; he created a woman's field for chess in ti part of the country.Hollywood Herman Steiner Pho... | Read More

  • Death Match Video Guide

    Following this video guide, you'll retrace the steps of the Chess.com's greatest blitz and bullet combatants (Nakamura, Caruana, So...) as they wage a battle of wills in an epic three hour Death Match! Share the woes of time trouble, mouse slips, ... | 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

  • The Last Cracked Grandmaster Tales

    This is my third and final Cracked Grandmaster Tales article. Click the links if you haven’t seen Cracked Grandmaster Tales and More Cracked Grandmaster Tales. We’ll start with Najdorf again since some people felt that he wouldn’t resort t... | Read More

    • Gibraltar Masters – A good start to 2016

      After our wonderful time in New Zealand we had a week to recover before I was off again. In the three weeks we were away new tenants had moved in and I spent a lot of the week tidying up after the mice and making the house habitable. Hopefully we'... | Read More

      • VerdeNotte
      • | Feb 11, 2016
    • Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan - 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

      World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is paired with the world's strongest female chessplayer, Hou Yifan in Round 11 of the 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Both players met for the first time in last year's Tata Steel Tournment where there was a d... | Read More

    • Chess Train 2015 — day one: departure from Prague

      This year I unfortunately couldn’t travel by the Train. I was in Prague, though, both on the day of its departure and arrival, busy taking pictures and chatting with friends I meet much less often than I would like to. Here’s a handful of my m... | Read More

      • AdamPitula
      • | Jan 23, 2016
    • When A Family Member Suffers

      by HJS When Stephen, described by Luke as "a man full of God's grace and power," did great wonders and miracles in Jerusalem shortly after Christ's ascension to heaven, he was taken before the Sanhedrin. When the high priest asked him if the char... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Jan 12, 2016
    • Crowd Sourcing in Social Networks

      Anybody who has played chess in a tournament, or even at their local chess club, appreciates sportsmanlike behavior. Opponents smile at each other, and often shake hands at the end. Pieces are not thrown at opponents, boards are not flung to the f... | Read More

      • dhannotte
      • | Jan 5, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Cambridge-Oxford University Chess Club Match

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    Longest running annual match in chess.  The traditional series began in 1873 with the help of future world champion Wilhelm Steinitz (won by Oxford University 10-3).  The univerisities actually started playin in 1871, but the early matches were ... Read More »

  • AIPE

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    The Association Internationale de la Presse Echiqueenne (AIPE) was the International Association of Chess Journalists.  It was an organization of chess journalists founded in 1967 by Jordi Puig (1928-1989) of Barcelona, Spain. AIPE awarded the Ch... Read More »

  • Baginskaite, Camilla

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    Camilla Baginskaite was born in Vilnus, Lithuania on April 24, 1967.  At age 15, she became the youngest female master in Lithuania.  In 1986, she took 3rd place in the World Championship for Girls under 20.  In 1988, she won the World Champion... Read More »

  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »

  • Polgar, Susan

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    Susan Polgar, born Zsuzsanna Polgar in Budapest, Hungary, was the oldest of three sisters, Judit and Sophia Polgar. She discovered the game purely by accident when she was not quite four years old. She had been rummaging around in a closet looking... Read More »