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  • 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

  • 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


    • And The Best Staff Member Of Chess.com Is...

      In late 2013, Chess.com decided that all staff member raises would be decided by virtue of a company-wide tournament. Kidding, but I wouldn't object! We did have a tournament online just for fun, and two years later crowned a champion. Luckily f... | Read More

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    • Ruifeng Li Wins the National Open

      Organizer Janelle Losoff, Ruifeng Li, and Daniel Fridman. Photo: Tim Hanks While the prestigious National Open is usually dominated by experienced grandmasters, this year 14-year-old International Master Ruifeng Li took home the Edmondson ... | Read More

    • The Winners!

      The winners of the contest!  1. GM Illingworth Then we have the three random followups by the website random.org! 2. dopolian 3. pizzacupcakes 4. umesh_konduru Thanks everybody who got the prizes a... | Read More

    • A matter of time for an award.

      Hey! Today I have a relatively simple puzzle for you to solve. First person to post the answer gets their name posted on my next post, which in that post will reveal the answers. The winner also gets ten trophies. Also, 3 lucky random people ... | Read More

    • 2016 tournement

      YourNextMove BlitzLeuven, BelgiumJun 17-20Anand, Carlsen, Nakamura, Caruana, So, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, Topalov, Kramnik. Carlsen wins the Blitz and the combined results with 23 points, ahead of Wesley So with 20.5.   TOURNAMENT STAND... | 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 »