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  • Who Will Qualify To Play Magnus Carlsen?

    The Blitz Battle Qualifier to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen is here. Watch the event with live commentary at or  Round one of this 11-round, 3 0 Swiss tournament starts Tuesday, M... | Read More

  • The Hardest Move To Make

    The inspiration for today's article was rather unusual.  Recently, I was lying in bed when a peculiar memory invaded the sleepy recesses of my mind. I recalled an unusual and astute piece of advice given to me by GM Alexander Kali... | Read More

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.g4!? The so-called "Li... | Read More

  • The Greatest Chess Upsets, Part 1

    The Chess Olympiad is one of my favorite events. In the words of the Romanian GM Mihail Marin, "the champions themselves do not mind rubbing shoulders with mere mortals, even though this may look risky for their ratings." Most lopsided matchups,... | Read More

  • Kamsky's Endgame Play

    The Philadelphia Open recently concluded in my home city with the victory of the top seed, former world championship challenger, Gata Kamsky. Kamsky has a very unusual style, a style which I think many people neither understand or appreciate. I ... | Read More

    • Column Plan Chess to IM Juan Röhl

      United States and China shine in Baku The powerful US team triumphed in the Olympic Games held in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. The American team consisted of GMs Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Samuel Shankland and Ray Robson, and a... | Read More

      • juanrohl
      • | Sep 20, 2016
    • My first chess tournament

      Over the last 9 days I played my first over the board chess tournament. At the age of 32. I certainly don't have any dreams of becoming a GM or so, but I wanted to check my chess level since I started to study chess on my own in March.  It was a... | Read More

      • danpdc
      • | Aug 20, 2016
    • Chess Informant 128 Far Cry

      We dare to believe that Chess Informant 128 is simply in a league of its own, without peer. Quite simply a far cry ahead of everything else in the chess market. DON'T MESS WITH KARJAKIN! Now imagine that the play of world title challenger is p... | Read More

      • GMTadic
      • | Jul 19, 2016
    • Player Profiles: GM Tiberiu Georgescu

      The subject for this player profile is Romania's youngest grandmaster, Tiberiu Georgescu from Bucuresti. Besides being a grandmaster, he is a teacher at the University and studies Informatics in Economics in the pursuit of his ... | Read More

      • Englix
      • | Jun 25, 2016
    • Marian Godina vs. chestorul Ioan Aron, seful IPJ Brasov Pentru petitii:   Marian Godina 4 hrs · Brasov, Romania ·  AŞA SE EXPRIMĂ CHESTORUL IOAN ARONŞEFUL IPJ BRA... | Read More

      • DorinN69
      • | Feb 16, 2016

  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • 1934 in chess

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    In January 1934, the Log Cabin Chess Club was founded by E. Forry Laucks in West Orange, New Jersey. In January 1934, Reuben Fine won the 17th Marshall Chess Club Championship. On January 5, 1934, the 14th Christmas Congress finished in Hastin... Read More »

  • 1931 in chess

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    On January 7, 1931, the annual Hastings Christmas Congress finished.  Max Euwe won the Premier section and Salo Flohr won the Premier Reserves section.  The next year, Flohr would win the Premier section. On January 8, 1931, Nikolai Minev was b... Read More »

  • 1933 in chess

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    On January 6, 1933, the 13th Annual Christmas Congress in Hastings ended.  The Premier event was won by Salo Flohr of Czechoslovakia, scoring 7 out of 9 (+5 =4).  He was followed by Pirc (6.5), L. Steiner and Sultan Khan (5.5), Michell (4.5), Al... Read More »

  • 1932 in chess

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    The 12th Hastings Christmas Congress has held from December 28, 1931 to January 6, 1932.  It was won by Salo Flohr, scoring 8 out of 9 (+7=2), followed by Isaac Kashdan with 7.5, Euwe with 5, Sultan Khan with 4.5, Yates, Stoltz, and Menchik with ... Read More »