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  • 7 Reasons To Watch Carlsen vs Nakamura Next Week

    Attention all chess fans: This is not a drill. It's one week until Magnus Carlsen faces Hikaru Nakamura for the inaugural Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. It's the match we've all been waiting for, and you can watch it live nex... | Read More

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • The New (v3): Now With Bughouse!

    It's been a long time coming, but the new version of is finally ready to take online chess to a new level—and take your game to new heights.  This new version (v3) has been our top priority for two years, and&... | Read More

  • 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


      Who do you think is gonna win the WC?    Sergey Karjakin Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin (Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Каря́кин; Ukrainian: Сергій Олександрович Карякін, Serhiy Olek... | Read More

    • Can We Trust The Bible?

      What makes the Bible the best-selling book in the world? Billions of copies have been printed, even though it has endured more opposition than any other book ever had. Answer: The Bible was written by God! Sometimes this was by dictation. Exodus ... | Read More

    • The 4th FIDE Online Grand Prix.

      1. Description 1.1. The 4rd FIDE Online Grand Prix will be held on FIDE Online Arena platform hosted on web address:  on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. 2. Participation The players who can participate in the Grand... | Read More

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      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • Somewhere a cricket sings off key.

      I was once a much better writer. I wrote letters and journal entries, short stories, and essays, music reviews, and complaint letters, I even wrote letters for Amnesty International on behalf of families of people who had disappeared courtesy of g... | Read More

      • Calamondin
      • | Oct 1, 2016
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    • Pawn Sacrifice movie review

      Tobey Maguire is best known for playing Spider-Man on the silver screen, while fellow actor Liev Schreiber took on the role of Sabretooth in another Marvel movie – X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is an appropriate background, because in Pawn Sacri... | Read More

      • thejacka1
      • | Oct 1, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Axedrez

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    The obsolete Spanish word for chess (which is now ajedrez).  The Portuguese player Damiano wrote a Spanish book suggesting chess was invented by Xerxes and should be named after Xerxes, hence, the word Axedrez.  Axedrez is used for the word ches... 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 »

  • Greenblatt, Richard D.

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    Richard D. Greenblatt, born in 1945, is a computer programmer.  In late 1966, as an MIT undergraduate, he began to develop a computer chess program of his own.  He had been challenged by Hubert Dreyfus, who criticized the usefulness... Read More »

  • Teichmann, Richard

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    Richard Teichmann (1868-1925) was a German player, born in Lehnitzsch Sach-Altenburg, Germany, and one of the top players in the world at the beginning of the 20th century.  He was blind in his right eye and wore an eye patch when playing in ... Read More »

  • Tartakower, Saviely

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    Saviely Tartakower (1887-1956) was a Grandmaster from France (1950) who played for Poland in six consecutive Olympiads although he never lived there nor could speak the language (he could speak Russian, German, French, and English, and knew Latin ... Read More »