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  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More


         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Chess Criminals And The Games They Play

    As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More

  • Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist

    The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands... | Read More

    • Morphy walking tour in New Orleans

      Here's a tour of Paul Morphy sites in the French Quarter. 1. Birthplace: 1113 Chartres St - the historic LeCarpentier-Beauregard-Keyes House Paul Morphy was born here on June 22, 1837, Built in 1826 for Paul Morphy’s grandfather, Joseph Le ... | Read More

    • Trapping pieces 01

      From Polgar University: Beginner Tactics, Lesson 20 - Trapping pieces | Read More

      • DAlbanesi
      • | Oct 14, 2016
    • Study at Susan Polgar's Chess University!

      GM Susan Polgar is one of the greatest chess coaches in the world today. Her teaching methods have produced many Grandmasters, including Super GM and world top 10 player Wesley So. This Saturday (8th October) I am going to talk you through some... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Oct 6, 2016
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    • October 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

      Registration for the October 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  11:00 PM PDT on October 7th, 2016. Chess University's core team of world-class instructors will... | Read More

      • GeniusKJ
      • | Oct 5, 2016
    • anti-smoking

        making people aware of the health dangers of smoking,stopping young people from taking up smoking,encouraging smokers to try and quit, and to do so in the most effective way,encouraging people to stop smoking in their homes and family cars - e... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Divinsky, Nathan

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    Nathan Divinksy (1925-2012) was a Canadian chess master and played in several Canadian chess Olympiads.  He served as assistant dean of science at the University of British Columbia.  His former wife (1972-1983), Kim Campbell, was the 19th P... Read More »

  • Cambridge-Oxford University Chess Club Match

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    Longest running annual match in chess.  The traditional series began in 1873 with the help of future world champion Wilhelm Steinitz (won by Oxford University 10-3).  The univerisities actually started playin in 1871, but the early matches were ... Read More »

  • Torre-Repetto, Carlos

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    Carlos Torre Repetto (1905-1978) was Mexico's first grandmaster (1977).  He was born in Merida, Yucatan.  Torre won the Louisiana championship at New Orleans 1923. He was first at Detroit 1924, followed by Samuel Factor, Herman H. Hahlbohm, ... Read More »

  • Abrahams, Gerald

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    Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980) was British lawyer (barrister), chess master and chess author.   His eight chess books include Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Chess Mind (1952), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess... Read More »

  • Kalme, Charles

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    Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Wein... Read More »