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  • 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

  • Is A Knight On The Rim Always Grim?

    SkladakoV’s question is about this position. He asked: “What if White doesn’t take by 16.Bxa5? Doesn’t that leave the knight on a5 stuck on the side of the board?” Jeremy Silman: I think most people wou... | Read More

  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

    Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba... | 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

  • Chess 101: One Opponent At A Time

    Unless you’re playing a simultaneous exhibition, you’re most likely only going to be playing one person at a time. That’s assuming that you don’t have to beat yourself as well as your opponent. How many times have you sat... | Read More

    • What's New in the Latest iOS App?

      Plenty! The latest and greatest version of our iOS app has arrived, bringing not only some bug-fixes but some great improvements and new features too! Apple Watch SupportYou can't make moves from your wrist quite yet... but we're getting... | Read More

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      • | Oct 21, 2016
    • Below 1600 FIDE Rated Tournament 2016

      Thus year I played my first FIDE Rated Chess Tournament .The category was below 1600. I was not well prepared but my new coach said i will get minimum six points from this tournament and it will give me the rating about 1350.But as usual I played ... | Read More

    • 42nd Olympiad Excitement! #2

      Howdy! Today's first game was absolutely crushing! It's so exhilarating to go over again and again. I can't stop!     Wow! What a game. In fact, it was this game that inspired me to return to blogging because games like this have to be sh... | Read More

      • AaronReyes
      • | Oct 20, 2016
    • Sick and tired of cheaters -_-

      I decide to stay away for this site for good, today, i'm reaching the limit of 200 blocked players and i think this is enough!!!  like too many people were talking on cheating forum... if this page have 15 millions of players, at least the 1% ar... | Read More

      • EddyElm91
      • | Oct 20, 2016
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    • Targets

      Cars need open roads to be driven. Rooks need open files. They need targets. This is what I had in mind when I reached the following Rook endings where I was White.     I assessed that White has advantage here for he has a more mobile King. H... | 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 »