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  • 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

  • The Day the Stars Came Out

                    Like a poorly rehearsed play, nothing seemed to go right.  What started out as a brilliant idea was fizzling out before everyone's eyes.   Perhaps it was ... | Read More

    • By the power of the h pawn

      Pawns, as the great Phildor used to say, are the soul of chess. These little foot soldiers are lowest in value, can only move forward and are cruelly given up in form of gambits.But in the hand of a good player, they are powerful and may turn into... | Read More

      • doctorpsb
      • | May 15, 2016
    • Kasparov ripping apart Sicilian Defense in 12 moves

      Hey guys, hold on to your seats, this is going to be an approach to analyze a grandmasters game! We don't want to bore ourselves too much by praising our own games ;-) "A" grandmaster of course is wrong, I am talking about THE grandmaster - Garr... | Read More

    • Best U18 Junior Chess Players :Wei Yi

      Hello everyone today im starting a new series on the best juniors on the planet who are under the age of 18. todays blog we will be talking about Wei Yi                                       Wei Yi  Wei Yi is a chinese ches... | Read More

      • gluestix
      • | Apr 24, 2016
    • 2016 CMU Tournament

      This weekend CMU held a small G/75 tournament, but with only two main organizers (neither of whom were me) and no exposure to the rest of Pittsburgh. With more planning and promotion, we are hoping to have one or two great events next year. The C... | Read More

    • You lost your queen!

      Opponent removing my queen from the board: You lost your queen!  Myself checking with my rook: But you lost the game.  (I said with a wink.) This is the words said after my first offline “important” chess game.  I'm not sure why Owan sa... | 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Alatortsev, Vladimir

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    Vladimir Alexeyevich Alatortsev (Alatorcev) (1909-1987), pronounced "a LAH tart sev", was a Russian International Master (1950), International Arbiter (1953),  and Honorary Emeritus Grandmaster (1983).  He was born in Turki, Saratov oblast... Read More »