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  • 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

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • The Advantage of Doubled Isolated Rook Pawns?

    Professor: Happy day before Saturday, class. Zephyr: I wanted to bring something up. Professor: I'm fine. How are you? You couldn't wait to say "hello?" Zephyr: Hello, Professor. Now can we talk about it? Professor: About what? Zephyr: Double... | Read More


    • Chess Train 2015 — day five: arrival in Prague

      Five days in Czech Republic passed in less than no time. Although in the meantime I visited some interesting places and even had an occasion to participate in chess tournament in Prague (about which I’ll be sure to post here), I must admit I was... | Read More

      • AdamPitula
      • | Feb 13, 2016
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    • Finally...opponent was trapped!

      Hello guys. I am posting a blog after many days. Today I will share my bullet game with you all. I played with a opponent rated 1250 in bullet. He fell into one of the most famous traps, Lasker trap. If you don't know what is Lasker trap, then c... | Read More

      • Harish73
      • | Feb 13, 2016
      • | 132 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Site Development News - 2016-02-08

      Starting today, we're going to be more transparent about our website-development progress on Chess.com V3. Check back each and every Monday for a recap of what we accomplished throughout the previous week! Here are the highlights from last ... | Read More

      • webmaster
      • | Feb 8, 2016
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    • Chess

      When you play chess, Why do you play it. answer below and I will give you a trophy if you get it right | Read More

    • A trophy to the winner

      A trophy to the winner! I will be organising a tournament here on chess.com in the near future with the pictured trophy up for grabs. I haven't quite decided on the format yet but looking forward to getting a competitive fight up and going soon  | Read More

      • Bubbledoc
      • | Feb 5, 2016
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Video Lessons



  • 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 »