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Should Women’s Chess Titles Be Eliminated?

“The most important thing is self-confidence. So many people will doubt your abilities in life – never listen to them. If you do not truly believe that you can make it to the Grandmaster title, for example, you will never do so.”

-Jacob Aagaard

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US Chess Rising: Adisa Banjoko with de Firmian & Donaldson

Mechanics’ Institute serves as this hub of chess culture where giants from ancient and modern times come to test themselves. Walking in the architecture, the boards, pieces, and even the air is thick with history.

While sitting with one of their members, he pointed to the place where he played 6 rounds of speed chess with Mikhail Tal, and he won one of the games!

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How to Play Against 1. e4 – Chess Life Web Extra

One of the great difficulties of reviewing chess books is dealing with all of the analysis. The days of Fred Reinfeld and his breezy notes are long gone, and in their place, we get variations analyzed into the ground with the help of our ‘metal friends.’ The results can be mind-numbing. Sometimes I wonder whether today’s authors don’t analyze more than even they think they need to, lest a Stockfish-armed reader loudly find them sloppy.

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