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  • Cuba

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More

  • Brenzinger the Forgotten

    Francis Eugene Brenzinger has been mostly forgotten.        It's true that he wasn't even close to being a world champion contender, maybe not even a likely U.S. champion, but during his chess-playing days, he was... | Read More

  • Visions of Morphy

    Below are some of the images - photos, paintings, sketches, etchings - of Paul Morphy. Here is the earliest known image of Morphy - from 1854: from "Twice Remembered: Moments in the History of Spring Hill College" by Michael Kenny, S.J. ... | Read More

  • A List of One’s Own: The New Top 100 Women Rankings

    By Maret Thorpe. Photo: Tae Moon [Reprinted with permission of the author and US Chess.] “I’m so honored to have made it on to the first iteration of the Top Women Age 50 and Over! I hope these newly added lists encourage mo... | Read More

  • A Story Strange and Sad

         If you peruse old issues of "Chess Review," you will probably encounter the name Catherine Nye.  You will mostly likely notice one of these photos of the pretty 34 year old lady from Syracuse, N.Y. 1941  ... | Read More

    • A Sour Central Break

      After a long hiatus in blogging, I am back with an interesting concept to share with you - namely, when the central pawn break goes wrong! But before I delve into this, I'd like to share with you a position from my coaching files - one I must hav... | Read More

    • U.S. Chess Championships Round 9

      Currently in the U.S. The US Chess Championships is being held in Saint Louis ,Missouri,  After Round 9 we have a clear leader for both the womens section and the open section in the womens section : we have WGM Tatev Abrahamyan leading with 7/... | Read More

      • gluestix
      • | Apr 23, 2016
    • US Champs Rd 8 Highlights

      Today Melik and I did the highlight show on chess.com/tv. Here are the games we talked about, plus one bonus we prepared but didn't have time for:     And the key results in the Women's Champs were:   | Read More

      • dpruess
      • | Apr 22, 2016
    • US Women's 2016 Chess Championships

      Chessbase is doing a great job, analyzing and going over the US 2016 Chess Championships. Click here for their latest coverage (as of 04/19/2016). However, running concurrently with the US Chess Championships is the US Women's Championships! IMO ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Apr 19, 2016
    • Joy-The First Characteristic Of The Invisible Kingdom

      by HJS Herod the Tetrarch, a Jew by birth who was hated for his relationship with Rome, ruled Galilee during Jesus' ministry. So when people came to hear Jesus as He spoke of establishing the kingdom of God, the Jews were nervous as it could be c... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Apr 18, 2016

Video Lessons


  • Chess

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    Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, correspondence, and in... Read More »

  • Deimante Daulyte

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    Deimantė Daulytė (born 1989) is a Lithuanian chess woman grandmaster. She won the women's Lithuanian Chess Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. She qualified for the Women's World Chess Championship 2014 (eventually played in 2015)... Read More »

  • Abhyankar-Gokhale, Anupama

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    Anupama Abhyankar-Gokhale, born on May 17, 1969, is a chess master from India.  She was awarded the Women’s International Master title in 1985.  She married chess master Raghunandan Gokhale, chairman of the Mumbai Chess Association and Anupama... Read More »

  • Baginskaite, Camilla

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    Camilla Baginskaite was born in Vilnus, Lithuania on April 24, 1967.  At age 15, she became the youngest female master in Lithuania.  In 1986, she took 3rd place in the World Championship for Girls under 20.  In 1988, she won the World Champion... Read More »

  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »