You can Play Magnus Carlsen, World Champion

That’s right! Some users who top the scoreboards in the Play Magnus Carlsen App along with other randomly chosen users of the app got to play World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the Marshall Chess Club in New York this year.  It’s an annual thing, and you can...

Giant Plastic Chess Set for Kids

Mini version of the giant chess set is 1 foot tall. 12″ all-weather plastic chess set is perfect for outdoor chess, fun for school, home, parties, and other occasions! Kids love the large pieces. Easy to transport, fun, and affordable. A real thrill with this...

Chess Base 13 – compare editions

ChessBase 13 is arriving the middle of November. New in ChessBase 13: The ChessBase Cloud makes it possible with a simple login to make use of your databases from any computer and later also from any mobile device (via the browser, iOS or Android apps). Set up your...

Phiona, one of Uganda’s most unlikely champions

This is one of my favorite stories that illustrates that even in hopelessness one may be very close to an amazing future. Phiona had to walk miles in search of food. She found a game that lifted her far beyond the quest for food, and instead made her feel like a queen...

Chess Puzzle: white to checkmate in 2

Can you find the correct move? White to checkmate in 2 moves. Write your answer in the comments section. This puzzle comes from Level 3 of the Chess Tutorial. Currently the comprehensive 5 step TASC tutorial CD is FREE. Just request a copy at ChessHouse.com. It has...

How to select the right size chessboard for pieces

Generally, the King piece base diameter of a Staunton design chess piece should be about 3/4 of the chessboard’s square size. Yes, it’s really that simple! For non-regulation chess play you can of course deviate from this as you wish, yet the guideline is...