Thoughts on Lichess and Others

A pleasant surprise Nearly a year ago, I said that I still preferred to play on the paid Internet Chess Club (ICC) because of the consistent good level of professional competition. I knew that GMs, IMs, and other strong players used Lichess, but I wondered if the site was merely had some really strong players,

Chess Tactics: Mecking — Tan, 1973

Henrique Mecking (born 1952) was the first Brazilian to become a Grandmaster (1972) and won back-to-back Interzonals at Petropolis 1973 and Manila 1976. He was ranked as high as World #3 in January 1978, behind only World Champion Anatoly Karpov and Challenger Viktor Kortschnoj! Unfortunately, he contracted a serious illness in the late 1970s, and

2021 New York State Girls Chess Championships

Winning the Chess Gender Challenge For a long time now, the chess world has tried to get more girls involved and keep them in the game long term. In my years as a chess teacher I’ve seen a similar story as many others: female chess participation is often quite good in elementary school, but later

Chess Tactics: Zukertort — Blackburne, 1883

Battle of 19th Century Chess Legends This game from the London 1883 tournament is very famous, and for good reason. You won’t forget it once you’ve seen it! Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was born in present-day Poland. One of the leading players of early tournament chess, he challenged Wilhelm Steinitz in the first official World Championship match in 1886, which

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