how to become a chess grandmaster in 11 steps

How to Become a Chess Grandmaster (in 11 Steps)

TL;DR on how to become a Grandmaster: 3 Grandmaster norms and a FIDE rating of 2500+ qualifies you for a Grandmaster (with some exceptions). A GM norm is achieved with…

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Chess Board Setup Explained!

With chess being more popular than ever, you’ll likely find it referenced in cinema more and more. And it’s only logical; not many activities convey wisdom, wit, and long-term thinking…

the ruy lopez opening how to play it as white and black

The Ruy Lopez Opening: How to Play It as White and Black

Introduction to the Ruy Lopez The Ruy Lopez, also known as the Spanish Game, is one of oldest documented openings in chess – and amazingly, still one of the most…

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How to Play Chess

Easy to learn, hard to master – such is the beauty of chess! People of all walks of life have enjoyed this classic game for centuries, in large part because…

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Malcolm Pein on…Chess

We have a bumper edition of Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph chess columns for you today, covering a whole range of subjects from the finer points of the King’s Indian Defense,…

chess notation for beginners

Chess Notation for Beginners

Reading and Writing Chess Moves “The squares have names?” “If you play well, they have names.” This line from Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit pretty well sums up the need to…

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See why Wesley is So good

With most chess action moved online, Wesley So is currently the chess player in the best sporting shape. Only the US star can boast three Champions Chess Tour tournament victories…

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The Greatest Female Chess Player Of All Time?

Everybody knows who the greatest female chess player ever is. BUT… Imagine for a moment that this post is one of those fun online discussions, which challenges you to “name”…

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The Modern Scheveningen Sicilian

When Garry Kasparov was fighting his way up the ranking ladder to become the greatest chess player in the world, he did so with a trusted weapon against 1.e4: the…

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Malcolm Pein on…MVL Topping the Tour

Malcolm Pein Malcolm Pein is a British International Master, chess organizer, author and journalist. He was a child prodigy and a former British Junior Champion. He qualified for the International…