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  • The Illegal Move That Wrecked A Chess Career

    The summer of 1992 was the most memorable time of my chess career. Our team just took silver medal at the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila and I felt like I was on the top of the world. That Olympiad deserves a separate article, since I am absolutely... | Read More

  • Black Tie Breaker

    © 2014, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Should your "better half" play chess?

    In my column "Pros and Cons" I discuss the subjects that have no clear answer. Are doubled pawns good or bad, is an isolated pawn an asset or a liability, what's better a Bishop or a Knight?  The answer is the same to all these questions: "It... | Read More

  • Let It Be

    Dear GM Panchanathan, I have psychology problems in the game of chess. My rating usually goes up and down from 1900 to 2050. One of my weaknesses is that I cannot control external feelings (i.e. fear, stress, overconfidence) when playing ches... | Read More

  • Personal Mona Lisa of GM Artur Yusupov

    Every chess player hopes to play his immortal game some day.  Borrowing lyrics from the hit song of Kelly Clarkson "people wait a lifetime for a moment like this." You never know when it will happen, but if you look at the best games played in c... | Read More


    • The Nigerian Angle to the Baku Chess Olympiad

      Preparing for the Baku Chess Olympiad, the top five Nigerian chess players had to train on their own, as the country was unable to fund camping and special trainings. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participating at the Baku Chess Olympi... | Read More

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      • | Sep 23, 2016
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    • The Baku Chess Olympiad: Africans In View

      With less than 10 days to the start of the Baku chess Olympiad, Chess.com Africa looks at the top African teams and what they bring to the brilliance and success of the 2016 Chess Olympiad. The top 7 chess playing countries in Africa according t... | Read More

      • thims
      • | Aug 23, 2016
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    • Capture and Games from 2016 US Open

      Hi everyone! Four years later after 2012 US Open, I finally played in another one, the 2016 US Open took place in Indianapolis. I was 1600+ when I entered 2012 US Open, and thankfully I've been lucky enough to climb to USCF expert class as I enter... | Read More

    • THE STORY OF MY RECENT BULLET TOURNAMENT

      I'm not very high rated. I'm around 1600 which is 150-200 points above average. But you can't compare 1600 to 3200 like Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlson. Usually my 1 min tournaments turn out normal like there is tons of 2000's and I get last pl... | Read More

      • KS-Y
      • | Jul 2, 2016
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    • The 4th CPAN/Chevron Chess Challenge (C4) 2016 Tournament

      Any chess player who missed this tournament, missed out on a golden opportunity to enjoy one of the very best chess tournaments in Nigeria. The first edition of the CPAN/CHEVRON CHESS CHALLENGE (C4) tournament, organized by the Chess Players' As... | Read More

      • thims
      • | Jun 6, 2016
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  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... 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 »

  • Budapest Gambit

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    The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e5 Despite an early debut in 1896, the Budapest Gambit received attention from leading players only after a win as Black by Grandmaster Milan... Read More »

  • Royal Defence

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    The Royal Defence can be played by black against the Alapin variation rather than taking when white plays the d4 break black instead counterattacks whites center to gain equality or be slightly better Read More »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »