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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


         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

  • 2016 ChessKid Online National Invitational Championships (CONIC): A Preview

    In 2012, the ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC) was created to provide young, talented chess players an opportunity to play a round-robin championship at a long time control. The event gradually evolved from only two sectio... | Read More

  • Touch-Move Rule Adventures

    I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career.  Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i... | Read More

    • The Greatest Comeback of My Chess Career

      Sup chess brahs, This past weekend I went to one of the monthly G/60 Sunday Tornados that the Seattle Chess Club holds. I was excited for this event, as I had finished analyzing my two games in the last quads I went to, and I wanted some extra ma... | Read More

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      • | Oct 17, 2016
    • Una guía de los títulos de ajedrez

        Una guía de los títulos de ajedrez Los títulos de ajedrez pueden ser un tanto confusos, sobre todo porque estos pueden variar dependiendo de la organización que está otorgando dichos títulos. Aunque este artículo puede ser una guía com... | Read More

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      • | Oct 17, 2016
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    • How the Fifty States of America Stack Up Against Each Other in Chess Expertise

      In a lot of domains we know very little about how to measure expert performance. Experts possess superior knowledge and they outperform other people at particular tasks. We also know very little about the mental representations used by top perfor... | Read More

    • 1742 to 2100 Blitz in 30 days!!! (progress break through)

      I was not planning to write a blog today, but I could not resist the urge because something incredible has been happening lately that requires a special blog: my blitz rating has skyrocketed! Let me start off background information. Around June, ... | Read More

    • Hi Anand!: SCC September Tornado Round 2

      Here we go again. All Photos courtesy of me. None of them were used with the permission of the people inside them. But don't worry, they got revenge on me a couple days ago at the October Tornado... The picture is of Anand Gupta facing the camera.... | Read More


  • Chess Title

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    A chess title is a title created by a chess governing body and bestowed upon players based on their performance and rank. Such titles are usually granted for life. The most prestigious titles are those granted by the international chess gove... Read More »

  • Phillips, Harold

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    Harold Meyer Phillips (1874-1967) was a lawyer and President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) from 1950-54, President of the Manhattan Chess Club, former New York State Champion and Manhattan Chess Club Champion (1902).  He was the or... Read More »

  • Weinberger, Tibor

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    FIDE Master and USCF Senior Master. He was a Hungarian master who played in five Hungarian championships from 1952 through 1956. He came to the United States in 1957. In 1957, he won the Minneapolis Open and the New Jersey Open. In 1958, he ... Read More »

  • Karch, Robert

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    Robert Alfred Karch (1930-2010) was born on March 24, 1930.  He was active in organized chess for over 60 years.   Robert played chess for the Lincoln High School team in Tacoma Washington in the 1940s.  He enlisted in the United States Army ... Read More »

  • Ervin, Roy

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    Roy Carl Ervin was born in Los Angeles on January 4, 1951 and grew up in Santa Monica.  In 1969, he took 2nd in the Ventura Marina Chess Festival, won by Ray Martin, and ahead of Norman Whitaker.  In 1969, at the American Open in Santa Monica, E... Read More »