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  • Chess Patterns Are For Everyone

    I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi... | Read More

  • Carlos Castaneda And The Penthouse Suite

    [Editor's note: Here are more selected chess stories from IM Silman.] CELEBRITIES GONE WILD 1988 and I just landed in Mazatlan, Mexico. Though the main course was the world 30-minute championships (packed with the best players in the world)... | Read More

  • The Duke

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  • 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

  • What Is The Greatest Brilliancy Ever?

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a good mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of so... | Read More

    • Where the US Stacks Up in Chess Expertise Internationally

      After we saw how chess expertise was distributed in the US, let's take a look at how things stack up internationally (the numbers include all players over the 2200 FIDE rating, including IMs and GMs; also, couldn't help but include the non-existe... | Read More

    • Hikaru Nakamura Interview, The Barca Style

      Hikaru Nakamura was born in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, December 9, 1987 was a US chess grandmaster. He is ranked No. 6 for the Standart, No. 3 and No. 2 To Blitz For Rapid According Fide September 2016. He is also a four-time champions the United Sta... | Read More

    • Canadian women finish with an 8-0 flurry at the Baku Olympiad

      Canada finished with a flurry at the women's Olympiad in Baku, winning 4-0 matches against Japan in round 10 and South Africa in round 11.WFM Alexandra Botez, a Stanford student and Weibel chess coach, represented Canada on board three.   | Read More

    • History of chess #1

      hello chess players who are reading this to day here is some history about chess you do not have to read this blog all in one day  Chess History Origins of chess Many countries claim to have invented the chess game in some incipient form. The mo... | Read More

    • 5 things to remember while playing chess online

      Playing chess can be incredibly satisfying, but it obviously requires a partner. That's where online chess platforms come in. If you're an avid chess player but somehow lack proper sparring partners, this is the best opportunity you can get for po... | Read More


  • Japan

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    Chess Facts related to Japan. During World War II, the Japanese confiscated chess books thinking they were military codes. In 1962, they held their first international chess tournament, organized by the Japanese Chess Federation, in Yokohama. It... Read More »

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Simultaneous play

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    Karl Podzielny played 575 games simultaneously in 1978.  In 30 1/2 hours he  won 533 , drew 27, and lost 15.  Vlastimil Hort played 550 opponents, 201 simultaneously, and lost only 10 games in 1977.  The best record for simulta... Read More »