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  • Fixing Your Weaknesses

    This week, we’ll take a look at a young Indian player, Sakshi1234567. She had this to say: “I am 13 years old. My father taught me chess when I was 10. I’ve been taking the game seriously from October 2015. I want to become a g... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Karjakin And Crude Oil

    The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is getting closer, and it is time to update our old forecast. This time I will channel my inner Nate Silver and provide you with some numbers.  Let's loo... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • If The Board Says ATTACK, Then ATTACK!

    The Chess.com member kergnou said: “Can you take a look at my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Okay, I’m going to review one game that shows many of your weaknesses. However, this game is actually one of the ... | Read More

    • How can you play with an International Master?

      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 2 simuls on the LIVE chess.com server with 30 15 time control. I created a... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog XIV: Bled 1931

      Bled 1931By Hans KmochTranslated from Russian by Jimmy AdamsCaissa Editions, 1987259 pagesBled 1931, along with San Remo 1930, together constitute the crowing achievement of the career of the fourth chess champion of the world Alexander Alekhine.... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Jul 29, 2016
    • There are no right moves in chess

      The entire crux of a game is for fun. Be it chess, cricket, NFL or anything else. Winning is just the byproduct. Yet helicopter parents, along with uptight, hardened (and yes, disllusioned, yes disllusioned) coaches try to instill and inculcate th... | Read More

    • The Polgar Method

      GM Susan Polgar has had phenomenal success at chess training, both as a former prodigy and as the award-winning coach of SPICE.  The proof of her method’s effectiveness can be seen in the records she set (including former Women’s World Champi... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Jul 28, 2016
    • The rar attack: July Tornado Rounds 3

      Attacking is really fun in chess. But even more special than a normal attack is a rar attack. It involves not only attacking, but saying "Rar" as well, adding intimidation and a pyschological element to the game. That's how my 3rd round game again... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Acers, Jude Frazer

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    Jude Acers was born in Long Beach on April 6, 1944.  He is a U.S. senior chess master living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records.  He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17.  In 1... Read More »

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Kenny Solomon

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    Kenny Solomon 8 October 1979 is a South African chess International Master. He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study,... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Yusupov

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    Artur Mayakovich Yusupov (Jussupow in German) was born on February 13, 1960 in Moscow.  He learned the game of chess in 1966 at the age of 6 and trained at the Moscow Young Pioneers’ Palace. In 1977, at the age of 17, he won the World Ju... Read More »