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  • In Whitney's Shadow

    Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl... | Read More

  • The Armenian Chess Secret

    On the free day at the Jermuk Women's Grand Prix tournament way back in 2010, I had a pleasant opportunity to chat with the hosts. My conversation with the chief organizer and famous GM Smbat Lputian inevitably touched on the r... | Read More

  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More

  • The Golden Age

         In September 1945 the proud and confident USA team suffered a humiliating, crushing defeat at the hands of the Soviet team in a 10 board, 20 game match played through a novel use of radio transmission, each set of matched contestants pl... | Read More

  • Mementos of Morphy

    Paul Morphy circa 1858      I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :      The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on July 24th, and among th... | Read More


    • What It's Like To Visit The Moscow Chess Museum

      With the opening of the Moscow Chess Museum, chess has had a formal home in the Russian capital since September 2014. Chess enthusiasts of all stripes — newbies, club players, and grandmasters alike — will do themselves well to visit, gawk at ... | Read More

      • dylanlove
      • | Aug 28, 2016
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    • MY LAST TROPHY

      My Pictures: https://www.chess.com/photos/view_album/corbel05/mi-palmareacutes-my-track-record My Blog: https://www.chess.com/blog/CORBEL2005/mi-palmareacutes-my-track-record 3er CLASIFICADO (SUB-12)  VI TORNEO DE AJEDREZ CIUDAD DE PEÑA... | Read More

      • CORBEL2005
      • | Aug 23, 2016
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    • Irish Team Wins Glorney and Robinson Cups - Report

      Glorney Gilbert International 2016 - Tournament Report Desmond Beatty  5 Quick Summary Glorney: Ireland WIN Gilbert: Ireland SECOND (won by England) Robinson: Ireland WIN Stokes: Ireland THIRD (won by France) Best overall squad in the tournamen... | Read More

      • ICU
      • | Aug 10, 2016
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    • Upcoming events and other news

      Upcoming events and other news John McMorrow  1 As the sun sets on the 2015-16 season (with the exception of several important foreign events such as the ECU and Jugendschach EU Youth Championships 2016, Turda Saltmine Cup - International Che... | Read More

      • ICU
      • | Aug 10, 2016
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    • 5 Draws in Round 4

      Round 4 of the Sinquefield Cup was just as uneventful as Round 3 if you only look at the results. Despite five draws, the games still featured some very interesting scuffles between the players. The lack of decisive games only proves that the play... | Read More


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  • 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 »

  • Newnes, George

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    George Newnes (1851-1910) was a newspaper and magazine publisher (Tit-Bits, Review of Reviews, and Country Life).   In 1892 he published The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.  He helped finance the early days of m... Read More »

  • Finn, Julius

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    Julius Finn (71-1931) was the New York State chess champion in 1901 (first prize was $40), 1907, and 1908 (winning the Rice Trophy for winning the State Chess Championship three time).  At one time, he was director of the Manhattan Chess Club... Read More »

  • Edmondson, Edmund

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    Ed Edmondson (1920-1982) was a former President (1963-1966) and Executive Director (1966-1977) of the U.S. Chess Federation.  In 1969, he arranged the merger of Chess Life and Chess Review magazines to form Chess Life & Review.  He s... Read More »