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  • USA—USSR

         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • The Trickiest Knight Moves Ever

    Today, we continue our investigation (started in this article) of the weirdest, funniest and trickiest moves ever played. This time, we'll talk about knight moves. To tell you the truth, I thought knights were going to be the easi... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

    What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w... | Read More

  • Cannibal Chess Players In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

    The Chess.com member rosyflamitto said: “I usually blunder a lot, mainly in middlegames. Will you please look at few my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Before continuing, a word to those reading this article: I am ge... | Read More


    • Winston Churchill And Fate

      by HJS You can see the hand of God guiding, protecting and preserving, long before the world ever takes note of some individuals. Such was the situation described in Robert Lewis Taylor's book on Winston Churchill. At twenty-three, Churchill was ... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Jul 28, 2016
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    • Peter's Principles

      I recently tracked down a transcript of a lecture my father gave at the Vancouver chess club in 1979. Below is an abridged transcript of the games he Annotated, and some entertaining parts of the lecture. All notes are by Peter Biyiasas, unless o... | Read More

      • TABiyiasas
      • | Jul 28, 2016
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    • Be Excellent to Each Other. Everyday.

      Back when we were in high school, my sister Sarah (pictured with our mom, above) and I decided to stay home one day and our mom forgot to call the school to clear it with them. The next school day we all had to go to the assistant principal's offi... | Read More

      • Calamondin
      • | Jul 27, 2016
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    • The complete introduction to the Ponziani

      The Ponziani is an amazing opening that I have already looked at some important lines of in this blog https://www.chess.com/blog/JamesAgadir/ponziani-in-english I am going to wright a complete reasearch on the Ponziani. I will update when I rece... | Read More

    • A Sense Of Purpose

      by HJS At a street meeting that was held by a Salvation Army group, a young drummer in the band reflected on his past life and how it had changed. "Before I was converted," he said, "I used to drink a lot, and womanize, but I don't do any of thos... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Jul 26, 2016
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  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... 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 »

  • Biyiasas, Peter

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    Peter Biyiasas, born Nov 19, 1950 in Greece, is a Canadian Grandmaster (1978) who later moved to the United States.  He has won the Canadian championship twice (1972, 1975).  In 1978 he won the World Open.  In 1981 Bobby Fischer sta... Read More »

  • Sultan Khan, Mir

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    Mir Sultan Khan (1905-1966) was the winner of the All-Indian championship and in five years he was the winner of the Championship of the British Empire three times and played on top board for England in three Olympiads.   He was born in ... Read More »

  • Suetin, Alexei

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    Alexei Stepanovich Suetin (1926-2001) was a Russian Grandmaster (1965) and author.  He played in 10 USSR championships, placing 4th in 1963 and 1965.    He won the World Senior Championship in 1996.  He died of a heart att... Read More »