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  • 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

  • The Best Of The Old And New Schools

    Occasionally I run into players who think that Bobby Fischer "did it all by himself." I.e. he locked himself in his room, studied chess until he was world class, and then burst onto the tournament scene. Uh, no. Every day after school, Bobby w... | Read More

  • 5 Reasons Chess Is Better Than Pokémon Go

    Pokémon Go is the fastest-growing smartphone game in history, and it's been dominating the news since its launch in July, at least in the gaming world. But is it a better game than chess? We don't think so. While both games have their f... | Read More

  • 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

    • Finding Teachable Moments and Cats

      I know I mentioned that this blog would be about success stories with support issues on, but I'd like it to be multifaceted, so that if I run out of success stories, I will be able to write about something else! So today I thought I'd wr... | Read More

      • Calamondin
      • | Sep 27, 2016

      24-30 October 2016 Budapest, Hungary   Organized by International Chess Master Attila Turzo, the  Budapest Chess Holiday is an event that brings chess players from around the world together with the mission of improving their skills and expl... | Read More

    • Superman Tomorrow

      Could I be SupermanTomorrow as you've imagined me  Convictions tearing through a suit that made you a fan of me  I'm tired of always flying high without a care in me  Always looking down at all that's passing me    I don't feel any kind ... | Read More

    • (Anti-)Cheating in Baku

      A post on the security issues in Baku. You can read a lot of statements saying the security was tight and good, but actually it was just a smokescreen. Five (!) phone rings and one phone call in the playing hall, plus the most curious game Tang T... | Read More

    • FIDE RR part 2: Blood in the Water

      Piranha image by Greg Hume, from Wikipedia.  All chessplayer photos by Victoria Jung-Doknjas via the Washington Chess Federation blog, used by permission of the photographer. In round 4 I played the youngest of the Doknjas brothers ("the 'j' is ... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Sep 5, 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 »