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  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • It's Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana May 10: GM Blitz Battle #3

    Who will be the third player to reach the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana or Maxime Vachier-Lagrave? We'll know at the end of's third GM Blitz Battle Championship, scheduled for Tuesday, 10 May at 10 a.m. Pacific (GMT-7), ... | Read More

  • Fill Out Your Chess Bracket, Win Prizes

    It's bracket season, with millions of college basketball fans picking their favorite teams this week to win in the sport's biggest tournament. Here at, it's also time to fill out your bracket -- for the strongest online... | 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

  • No Balance, No Success

    I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches... | Read More

    • New/Old Resources Against the Richter-Rauzer

      It's no secret that the reason the Classical Sicilian isn't as popular is because of the potency of the Richter-Rauzer Attack (6. Bg5, pictured above). In fact, a recent Quality Chess publication by GM Parimarjan Negi in 1.e4 vs The Sicilian 1+2 u... | Read More

    • My 2016-17 OTB Chess Season at Brewood Chess Circle!

      This is my first blog, so I have decided to share my latest season of chess that I have played as a member of my local chess club, Brewood Chess Circle! I have only played four games so far this season, but I will update this page as I play more.... | Read More

      • Gamificast
      • | Oct 11, 2016
    • GrandMaster Flash White Lines!

      GrandMaster Flash knew something about Chess when he penned these immortal words ...    "(Ooh White Lines) Vision dreams of passion(Blowin' through my mind) And all the while I think of you(High fry) A very strange reaction(For us to unwind) T... | Read More

    • Sistema de Puntuación ELO; foto: Everest

        Sistema de puntuación Elo El sistema de puntuación Elo es un método matemático, basado en cálculo estadístico, para calcular la habilidad relativa de los jugadores de juegos como el ajedrez o el go. Debe su nombre a su inventor, el pr... | Read More

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 9, 2016
    • A Positional Queen Sac That Never Happened

      Sup chess fans, On Saturday I went to one of the monthly quads that the Seattle Chess Club holds. I don't normally go to these because the tournament is so small, G/2 is too long, and Saturdays I'm usually busy. However, it had been 3 weeks since... | Read More

      • Flicflac
      • | Sep 21, 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... 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 »

  • 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 »