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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 Nigerian Team At The Baku Chess Olympiad

    By guest columnist Babatunde Timothy Ogunsiku Preparing for the Baku Chess Olympiad, the top five Nigerian chess players had to train on their own, as the country was unable to fund the trip. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participati... | 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

  • Are Super-Tournaments Dead?

    The recently concluded Sinquefield Cup was a true celebration of chess.  Great players, high-quality chess, and outstanding live coverage — What else a chess fan can dream about? Apparently not everyone is happy. According to the Presid... | Read More

  • The Sparkling Bishop Combo

    Back rank checkmates are very common in chess. As a matter of fact, many tactical textbooks start with exactly this kind of combination due to their simplicity. The vast majority have one thing in common: You need to deflect your opponent's b... | Read More

    • The Irish Women's Championship 2016

      The Irish Women's Championship 2016 will be held in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2 from 15-16 October. You can enter online here. Already entered we have the 2015 Champion, Monika Gedvilaite, 2014 Champion, Gearoidin Ui Laighleis as well as four upc... | Read More

      • ICU
      • | Sep 27, 2016
    • Out of Play

      Cheesy photo I know! But the greatest lesson I got from loss on the White side of a King's Indian is how to handle an out of play piece.     The White Rook on g3 is terribly out of play. I offered an exchange of Rooks with 32. Rd5 which isn't... | Read More

    • Operation Auca

      by HJS In 1956 Roger Youderian, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully and pilot Nate Saint launched Operation Auca. The Aucas were one of the most difficult tribes to reach; they didn't like outsiders and killed most of them on sight. Having made ... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Sep 22, 2016
    • Oregon Open 2016

      Player photos by Victoria Jung-Doknjas, used by permission. The day after the FIDE Round Robin I caught the train to Portland, Oregon, to spend two days bumming around town with my spouse before the Oregon Open.  Having sprained my ankle a few w... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | Sep 21, 2016
    • Summertime Blues

      “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” -- Robert Burns   What a summer I've had and it isn't the chess summer I had planned. After a successful eight day chess trip in Philadelphia, I flew home, spent a day in hectic prepa... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Sep 18, 2016

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  • Torre, Eugene

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    Eugenio "Eugene" Torre, traditionally considered the strongest chess grandmaster the Philippines ever produced, was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on November 4, 1951.  In 1974, the young Torre became Asia’s first grandmaste... Read More »