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  • GM Blitz Battle Championship: Rules And Format

    Below are the official rules and format of's Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship Series. For the full list of players in the 2016 GM Battle Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation to play, players acknowledge they have ... | Read More

  • A Story Strange and Sad

         If you peruse old issues of "Chess Review," you will probably encounter the name Catherine Nye.  You will mostly likely notice one of these photos of the pretty 34 year old lady from Syracuse, N.Y. 1941  ... | Read More

  • Nakamura, MVL To Play Death Match Monday

    Two of the best chess players in the world will face off Monday morning in the biggest Death Match of all time as American number-one GM Hikaru Nakamura is set to battle French number-one GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The match will be br... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen And The Nimzo-Indian Defense

    For our final article of this series on the world champions and their contributions to opening theory, we focus on the current champion, Magnus Carlsen. As many of you have commented on the earlier articles, it is difficult to link Carlsen with a ... | Read More

  • Cracked Grandmaster Tales: Polgar vs Silman

    I didn’t intend to write a 4th Cracked Grandmaster Tales article, but so many members asked me to do another that I decided to share a few more (true) stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as you did the others. Be warned: there mig... | Read More

    • 7/29/16 (Day 1 [or 0, depending on how you look at it])

      As I said in the last post, I plan to update this blog post throughout the day. I'm using a phone to do this at this moment, so my posts may be somewhat short. Checkpoint One: Birmingham, Alabama I'm not sure what time we passed through, but we ... | Read More

    • Love Stories from Bombay #2     "We were engaged for two years before marriage, but because I was from Kanpur and he was from Bombay we couldn't meet as often. My maternal grandparents lived in Bombay, so... | Read More

    • Love Stories from Bombay #1     “We met in 1975 on a modelling assignment and started seeing each other a few weeks later. The next few years were great -I was madly in love with him, but as life would ... | Read More

    • And The Best Staff Member Of Is...

      In late 2013, decided that all staff member raises would be decided by virtue of a company-wide tournament. Kidding, but I wouldn't object! We did have a tournament online just for fun, and two years later crowned a champion. Luckily f... | Read More

      • MikeKlein
      • | Jul 26, 2016
    • Taking on the Big Guns in the World Open

      The summer of 2015 was a fantastic first World Open performance for me in the U1800 section, where I scored six of nine points and walked away with an all time high rating of 1753. Since that peak last summer, I've found myself in a retooling... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Jul 24, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Agrest, Evgeny

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    Evgeny Agrest, born Aug 15, 1966, is a Grandmaster now living in Sweden (since 1994).  He was born in Belarus.  His FIDE rating is 2592.   In 2003, he won a game from former world champion Ponomariov when Ponomariov’s cel... Read More »

  • Cell phone

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    In 2003, former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov was kicked out of a chess tournament because his cell phone rang during the course of a match.  As per article 13.4 of the laws of chess, he was disqualified when his cell phone rang during a g... Read More »