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  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • 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

  • Talks a Good Game

         The following piece was written by Paul Hugo Little,     a rather diverse writer and a chess expert himself.    Many people have probably encountered someone     like the chess expert described in the story below. (The diagrams... | Read More

  • Chess Tactics And The Hookah

    A Superior Tactician Chess.com member Mzeekimaro wrote: “I am a big fan of you and your chess books. I am rated 1581 by FIDE. I want to be very good at tactics. What do you recommend I do? I want to be labeled as a superior tactician.&rdqu... | Read More

  • An Hour With Morphy

         This article was published in the "British Chess Magazine" three months after Paul Morphy's death.  It was obviously written as a memorial to Morphy and meant to showcase his genius as well as an attempt to explain his winning techniques... | Read More

    • An Artistic Checkmate, from LaBourdonnais to Zukertort, to Bronstein!

      Charles de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840)   David Bronstein was a great admirer of the great Masters of the 19th Century. In particular, he mentioned La Bourdonnais and Morphy. In this game we gain a slight glimpse as to why this is so.         ... | Read More

    • Campeones mundiales de ajedrez; foto: Magnus Carlsen

        El campeonato del mundo de ajedrez 2016 se jugará en Nueva York (01,03,16) Esta mañana el mundo del ajedrez se ha despertado con una impactante noticia. El periódico internacional Wall Street Journal (WSJ) informaba de que ya se había deci... | Read More

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 8, 2016
    • Anécdotas de Ajedrez

        ANÉCDOTAS DE AJEDREZ   David Bronstein     En una ocasión, Bronstein tardó 40 minutos en mover su primer pieza! y luego ganó la partida, ¡un fenómeno! Cuando le preguntaron por qué, respondió mirando fijamente al tablero: "Es... | Read More

      • sebass34
      • | Oct 5, 2016
    • 2016 Oregon Open

      From September 3-5, I played in the 2016 Oregon Open. I played in the open section which was way above my rating (1700) because I wanted to play some masters and experts. Well, I got my wish in the first round. I was paired against FM Paul Bartron... | Read More

      • anshulcgm2
      • | Sep 13, 2016
    • Happy birthday, Emil Schallopp, master who let his tournament writings futz his results

      Emil Schallopp (August 1, 1843-April 9, 1919) was a chess master and author. His most prestigious book was about the 1886 world championship match won by Steinitz against Zukertort.Schallopp never won an important international event because the c... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Benko's Opening

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    Benko's Opening (also known as the Hungarian Opening, the Barcza Opening, the Bilek Opening, and the King's Fianchetto Opening), is achess opening characterized by the move: 1. g3White's 1.g3 ranks as the fifth most popular opening move in... Read More »

  • Colle

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    the Colle normally: Defeated: Colle Zukertort: There are too much other things in colle so i will now do london system: conclusion: I hope you learn! Read More »

  • Hodges, Albert Beauregard

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    Albert Hodges (1861-1944) was a former U.S. Champion.  His first job was a hidden operator of Ajeeb, the chess automaton, at the Eden Musee in New York..  He played chess and checkers.  He won the US championship in 1894 after defeating Jackson... Read More »

  • Chigorin, Mikhail

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    Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin (1850-1908), was born on November 12 (October 31, Old Style), 1850 near St. Petersburg.   In 1860, he parents died and at the age of 10, he became an orphan.  In 1867, at the age 16, he learned chess from his school t... Read More »