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Why Play Chess?

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Written by Evan Rabin In May, I kicked off a Premier Chess Program at a middle school at an impoverished neighborhood in Brownsville, New York by asking “Why Play Chess?” I received some typical answers, including “It’s Fun.”, “It helps you think.” and “Competition is fun.” They were shocked how I explained the plastic pieces could help them get into high school, college and a good career. Chess has influenced me to become a critical thinker, conduct enterprise sales at Oracle and Rapid7, cofound a sales outsourcing startup Pillar Sales and ultimately form Premier Chess.  Premier Chess teaches life lessons to...

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Chess Mom to Playing in the World Open

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Written by Molly Coy Find Molly on Facebook   Nine years ago, I became a Chess Mom. In the future, I hope to write about my journey to USCF Tournament Director, Chess Coach, Owner of A Tale Of Two Kings, but this blog will focus on where my most recent stop on the journey of Chess Mom has taken me. That is as a player in the 2018 World Open in Philadelphia, PA! I had played in a few tournaments a couple years ago, but that was solely to get a rating to promote my tournament director status. This time,...

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Description of Chess Sets and Weights

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A TON of chess sets sold across this great country of ours. Most of the Plastic Chess Sets are made in China. Wood Chess Sets are mainly produced out of India. Sets from both these countries are then sold all over the world. Our industry has yet to establish a set of guidelines to help our customers make the right choices when it comes to chess pieces. American Chess Equipment carries Unweighted Chess Sets, Solid Chess Pieces, Double-Double Chess Sets, and Triple Weighted Chess sets. We will break down each set and give you some of the aliases (descriptions) other...

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Playing your first chess tournament

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By Shelby Lohrman So after taking chess class you have decided to join your first chess tournament!  Congratulations!  You’re one of the best players in your school.  You just went from a big fish in a small pond to a regular sized fish in an ocean.  This is the first step in a long journey.  Remember you are there to have fun and experience something new.  The wins will come over time. Let me just make this clear.  You will not win every game.  In fact, if you end up with a positive score you are doing great.  You are...

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Unpublished 1964 Fischer Simul Tour Pictures at Kodak. Rochester, NY

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Over 15 years ago,  we acquired a folder of unpublished photograph of the Kodak stop of Bobby Fischer's simul tour in 1964.  The simul was closed to all non-Kodak employees and no one other than the Kodak Photographers were allowed allowed to take pictures. Jump up 30 years and a friend at Kodak was tasked to clean out some cabinets in the archive.  As he was dumping photos by the handful in the garbage,  he noticed a folder full of pictures playing chess.  Luckily for us,  and now you,  he had the foresight to hold on to them.  After some...

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