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  • Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

    Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Shrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess ch... | Read More

  • Nakamura, MVL To Play Death Match Monday

    Two of the best chess players in the world will face off Monday morning in the biggest Death Match of all time as American number-one GM Hikaru Nakamura is set to battle French number-one GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The match will be br... | Read More

  • How To Become A Coach On

    Did you know you can use to find and teach new students? You can! We have an entire section on our site dedicated to helping students find the coach that fits their needs. It's important to us that you as a coach have all the tool... | Read More

  • The Only Certainties: Death Matches And Taxes

    If it feels like we haven't had a Death Match since the early summer, that's because we haven't! Back when GM Maxim Dlugy claimed his title, the days were at their longest and outdoor barbecues were in full swing. But don't fret! As th... | Read More

  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

    • Staff Profiles: Shon

      This is part of series of posts to help people get to know the team better. Today, we meet Shon, a technical wiz who is an "enabler" in the very nicest sense of the word!    What is your name?Shon M. Just "M". &nbs... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Feb 5, 2016
    • My 2 Cents, "Probably" Won't Have an Impact

      I retired 7 December 2014. One of the first things I did was turn in my work phone and buy a new cell phone. It had all these apps and gadgets and stuff. Since I now have plenty of time, I decided that I was going to get back into chess seriously ... | Read More

    • Going Offline(indefinitely)

      I will be back. Feel free to send me messages and such, I just won't see them. I have upset a lot of people recently, and feel for now,the site us better off without me. I am sorry to all my friends, who were there for me thick and thin, for dec... | Read More

    • Crowd Sourcing in Social Networks

      Anybody who has played chess in a tournament, or even at their local chess club, appreciates sportsmanlike behavior. Opponents smile at each other, and often shake hands at the end. Pieces are not thrown at opponents, boards are not flung to the f... | Read More

      • dhannotte
      • | Jan 5, 2016
    • Good news, and more good news

      I did it. I actually did it. Or, at least I think I did. But I did it. I really did. I defeated Abel. I really did. I got him permanently banned. I reported him, and sure enough, staff responded. Hopefully, no one will ever be bothered by him agai... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Campomanes, Florencio

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    Florencio Basa Campomanes, born Feb 22, 1927, was the first non-European elected FIDE President (1982-1995).  In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation.  He won the Philippine championship in 1956 and 1960.  ... Read More »

  • Donaldson, John Walter

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    William John Donaldson, born in 1958, is an International Master (1983).   In 1983 he was the captain of the US team at the Greece Olympiad when he eloped with one of the top Russian lady players, Elena Akhmilovskaya.    H... Read More »

  • Menchik-Stevenson, Vera

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    Vera Menchik-Stevenson (1906-1944) was the World Woman Chess Champion from 1927 to 1944.   Vera Menchik defended her title six times, scoring 78 wins, 4 draws, and only 1 loss.  In 1927 she won the first Women's World Chess... Read More »