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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

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

  • My Favorite Classic Games, Part 5

    This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age... | Read More

  • The Master’s Bulletin, August 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... | Read More

  • Don't Lose Trying Too Hard to Win

    In my article on chess technique, I wholeheartedly agreed with Frank J. Marshall's affirmation that "the hardest thing in chess is to win a won game." Indeed, tenacious defense is now the norm rather than the exception. Fifty years ago, the fir... | Read More

    • Outhustling New York Chess Hustlers

      Sup chess fans, The last couple posts have been kind of heavy on the chess theory/improvement side, so I wanted to break it up with a lighter post this week. This summer I went on a two week vacation to the east coast. I started off in Washington... | Read More

      • Flicflac
      • | Oct 6, 2016
    • Game of the Week: Tactical Draw?

      Although we as chess players would love to win every game, sometimes in a competitive tournament setting, we have to settle for a draw. As annoying as they can be, we have to remember to play the board--not just the game board, but the leaderboard... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Sep 30, 2016

      24-30 October 2016 Budapest, Hungary   Organized by International Chess Master Attila Turzo, the  Budapest Chess Holiday is an event that brings chess players from around the world together with the mission of improving their skills and expl... | Read More

    • Unethical Vacations

      Have you noticed some abuse vacation time on They are on vacation for certain games but yet they are logging in and playing other games. Is this really vacation? Or a dirty tactic that should resolve for fairness in the game?... | Read More

      • onegr8r
      • | Sep 25, 2016
    • Fishing Abu Dhabi

      Butinah Cruising offers for fishing all year round.We are all about having fun under the sun, being in the open sea, smelling that fresh ocean breeze to give you a vacation from your mind. Our yachts and fishing boats are designed to cater to corp... | Read More

  • Cochrane, John

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    John Cochrane (1798-1978) was a Scottish master and lawyer who spent half his life in India.  He played chess in London while on vacation.   In 1815 he was a second lieutenant on the HMS Bellerophon, which transported Napoleon to hi... Read More »