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Why I Teach Chess

by David MacEnulty Why I Teach Chess Ah, chess. It’s a been called a game, a sport, a science and an art. It’s an enjoyable pastime, an intense competition, a field for the application of mathematical precision, scientific experimentation and verification, and a marvelous opportunity for creative expression. It has

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Can Chess Be Addictive?

The Chess Files The answers are out there. By Jim Eade Can Chess be Addictive? The answer is it depends.  We must first define our terms.  Let’s say that addiction is a psychological or physical inability to stop consuming a drug, chemical, activity or substance, even if, it is doing

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Is Online Chess Our Future?

The Chess Files The answers are out there. By Jim Eade Is Online Chess Our Future? The answer is it depends.  Some might say that is our present already.  Some might say the it can never replace Over the Board competition (OTB) and others might argue that there is plenty

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Why are there so few female chess players in the top 100?

As of this writing, there is only one female among the top 100 players as recognized by FIDE, the international governing body of chess. That woman is Yifan Hou (pictured) , who currently is rated at 2658 FIDE and is ranked number 84th among all FIDE ranked players. “… we

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Do we need Chess Governing Bodies?

The Chess Files The answers are out there. By Jim Eade Do we need Chess Governing Bodies? The answer is: It depends. We must first define our terms. What do we mean by Governing Bodies? In the United States, the National Governing Body is the USCF. Internationally, the World Chess

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Is Chess Just a Game?

The Chess Files The answers are out there. By Jim Eade Is Chess Just a Game? The answer is it depends.  We must always begin by defining our terms.  One might think we all know what we mean by the word game, but philosophers, beyond my realm of expertise, have

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