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  • Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

    IM Silman Feb 9, 2017, 2:55 AM

    This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess...

  • Chess And Presidential Elections

    GM Gserper Jan 21, 2017, 11:41 PM

    During the 2016 presidential election, many Americans got caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed, since both candidates had flaws, it was very difficult to make a choice. I wish we had an...

  • Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

    News Dec 30, 2016, 12:03 PM

    Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We...

  • Am I Too Old For Chess?

    GM Gserper Dec 16, 2016, 4:44 AM

    I recently received a question from one of our fellow members. Since I've heard this question many times, I decided to share my opinion on the subject. The question goes like this: "I am 25 years...

  • Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

    IM Silman Dec 8, 2016, 4:33 AM

    This week we’re going to look at the games of the member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s...

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  • Crossing 1400: The importance of having a coach

    ppaulojr Feb 22, 2017, 4:25 PM

      When I started this blog I said that my goal was to reach 1600 by 2018 and I was barely playing at 1200. By early January I decided to look for a coach to help me improve my game and after sending several e-mails...

  • 3 games by Ratmir Kholmov

    kamalakanta Feb 22, 2017, 12:34 PM

    Grandmaster   Kholmov scored one of the best results of his career to date with a tied 1st–2nd, along with Smyslov, at the Moscow International 1960 with 8.5/11. The same year FIDE awarded him the Grandmaster (GM)...

  • Improvement for the Intermediate Chess Player

    BulletChessMaster Feb 19, 2017, 7:19 AM

    This blog is dedicated to chess improvement for players on the level of 1400-2000. It's easy to just play blitz games and do nothing else. Believe me, I know... but that stops right here! I began taking the game...

  • Simul game with International Master Attila Turzo

    IM attilaturzo Feb 16, 2017, 7:25 AM

      Would you like to play against an International Master? I am Attila Turzo, an International Master and Chess Coach and I would like to invite you to play with me in a simul on the LIVE server...

  • Karpov Can?

    ergodicbreak Feb 15, 2017, 10:08 PM

    In my endless quest to avoid 1. e4 e5 I've been playing the Caro-Kann, and for whatever reason I enjoy the positions that result, despite the fact that I lose in most of those positions. But since losing is fun...

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  • Controversy, Few Surprises In Women's World Champs Round 1

    IM JovankaHouska Feb 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

    Even before a single move had been played over the chessboard, the 2017 women’s world championship knockout is riddled in controversy. Originally, the world championship was scheduled to be held at the end...

  • New Speed Chess Championship To Feature 16 Top Players

    IM DanielRensch Feb 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

    The 2017 Speed Chess Championship will seed 16 players into an elimination bracket for's biggest annual tournament, with the first round of matches starting in May 2017. A total of...

  • Wilhelm Steinitz

    robertrange Feb 2, 2017, 8:09 AM

    Wilhelm Steinitz was born in Prague on May 18, 1836. At the age of 22 he came to Vienna as a student. His chess career began in the Vienna Chess Club, the school of so many a later chess master. In 1862 he represented...

  • Paul Morphy

    robertrange Feb 1, 2017, 3:14 PM

    Paul Morphy The life story of this perhaps most famous of all chess masters may be told in a few words. Paul Morphy was born in New Orleans in 1837. In 1857 he won first prize at the first American chess tournament,...

  • Sutovsky and Ju Wenjun 4-0 In Gibraltar, History In Making?

    FM MikeKlein Jan 28, 2017, 1:35 AM

    GM Ju Wenjun, the highest-rated female never to win the top women's prize at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, has the chance to do more than just reversing that stat.   No woman has ever won the...


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