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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

    • Brilliant chess child prodigy Bobby Fischer was beaten by his eccentricities

      They called it the game of the century. It was not football, tennis or any of the other sports that normally draw millions of viewers and attract multimillion-dollar sponsors. This was a battle of wits between a 29-year-old chess master Donald B... | Read More

      • Aarao
      • | Oct 17, 2016
    • Ulster Masters 2016

      Round 1 I got a half point bye for Round 1 as I wasn't free on Friday evening (it was my birthday ) Round 2   Round 3     Round 4     Round 5     Round 6      In the end, I finished on 4/6, third on overall points and w... | Read More

      • z3ppj1g5aw
      • | Oct 17, 2016
    • Bighorn Horns Not So Big

      Trophy Hunters making the pilgrimage to Canada's Ram Mountain, Alberta, home to the world's biggest bighorn sheep, are being increasingly disappointed. Ram Mountain has long been a magnet to sport shooters of North America's mountain sheep,but ram... | Read More

    • It's OK to reject a Draw...

      Let's start with a little puzzle... Ok, so not too exciting as puzzles go, right?  Well, this move did compel White to resign, but what's more interesting I think is what led to this end game.  This resignation came about 40 moves after a dra... | Read More

      • ObiWanCote
      • | Sep 19, 2016
    • The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2016: Reminder

        Tonight is the early entry deadline for The Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships 2016 which will be held from 24-25 September. The ICU AGM 2015-16 will follow the Blitz.   Below are the reports from the last Blitz and Rapid:   EasyStream... | Read More

      • ICU
      • | Sep 18, 2016

Video Lessons

  • 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 »