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  • Advanced Patterns: Pin And Win

    In our last article, we discussed the importance of typical chess patterns using a pin as an example. As you become proficient in recognizing chess patterns, you'll see them everywhere! Suddenly you'll realize that the Morphy's "Ope... | Read More

  • 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

  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • The Magic Square In Chess

    Mikhail Tal was known not only for his fierce attacks and beautiful sacrifices but also for his amusing stories that made even non-chess-players smile. We discussed one such story in this article. Here is another anecdote&... | 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

    • Patterns in Common- Znosko-Borovsky vs. Salwe, St. Petersbutg 1909, Spassky vs. Petrosian, 1966 WC

      Browsing through Lasker's book about the St. Petersburg 1909 tournament, I came upon a position in the game Znosko-Borovsky vs. Salwe that reminded me of a win by Petrosian in his WC match with Spassky in 1966.   As you might know, many times o... | Read More

    • Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley

      Gregory Porter recently released a new album - Take Me To The Alley An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with Take Me t... | Read More

    • Bullet & behavior

      Hi I am a member of this site since a week and to be honest I am very surprised how many bullet players complain after their lose. Someone said "you can't win at all but only by timeout, right"? And another one said "you play like an ape, just ... | Read More

    • How Nakamura Beats Carlsen

      July 13th 2016 will be remembered as Independence Day for Hikaru Nakamura as he stopped years of torment at the hand of Magnus Carlsen. In round 1 of the Bilbao Super GM tournament, the 28 year old American defeated the world champion at classical... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Oct 22, 2016
    • Does Chess Make Us Smarter?

      Many articles have been written on this topic. But just how trustworthy are they? Chess afficionados want us to believe that playing the royal game will raise our IQ, ward off Alzheimers and maximise reproductive success. On the other hand, the Gr... | Read More

      • soler97
      • | Oct 21, 2016

Video Lessons

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... Read More »

  • Reubens, Emil

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    Emil Reubens was born in Russia on September 23, 1886.  He was a master emeritus and USCF life director.  He was a founding member of the United States Chess Federation.  In June, 1973, he received a Master’s degree in busines... Read More »

  • Niro, Frank

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    Frank Niro was born in Milford, Massachusetts on September 28, 1948.  In 1973, he won the American Postal Chess Tournament (APCT) League championship and became a correspondence master in that organization in 1975.  From 1984 to 1986, he... Read More »

  • Henley, Ronald Watson

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    Ron Henley is an American Grandmaster (1982) from Houston, Texas.  He is the only American selected as a second to a Soviet player.  He served as second to Anatoly Karpov in the 1990 World Championship match.  He was Karpov’s ... Read More »

  • Gligoric, Svetozar

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    Svetozar Gligoric. born Feb 2, 1923, is a Serbian (Yugoslav) Grandmaster (1951).  He learned the game of chess at age 11, taught by a boarder taken in by his mother.   In 1938, at the age of 15, he won the Belgrade Chess Club c... Read More »