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Paul Rudd and Stephen Hawking Play Quantum Chess. How Did I Miss This?

Paul Rudd and Stephen Hawking Play Quantum Chess Match

Have you ever heard of Quantum Chess? It’s a real game as if regular chess isn’t hard enough!

This awesome video pits actor Paul Rudd against noted Physicist Stephen Hawking in a epic game of Quantum Chess that determines our future. (Narrated by Keanu Reeves)

A great little video to start your weekend. I think wee should do more of this for regular chess. Although it has clearly been exploding in popularity in recent years, so many people feel that chess is so unapproachable. It reminds me of …

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2016 Labor Day Chess Sale

Labor Day Chess Sale – This Week Only.

We’re celebrating Labor Day all this week with an expansion of our summer sale. Not only do we have 50% off clearance items including Staunton Chess Pieces, Chess Boards, and Theme Chess Pieces – we also have up to 40% off New Arrivals and some of our Best Sellers.

If you want to jump right in, follow this link to see everything!

Best Sellers and New Arrivals: 25 – 40% off.

This year we introduced a huge line of Tagua Chess Pieces. These unique pieces are sometimes referred to as Organic …

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*NEW* The Polgar Method for rapid chess improvement!

We’re really excited to be able to bring you a great deal on The Polgar Method, the brand new, complete course from GM Susan Polgar. A couple of months ago, Susan teamed up with our friends over at iChess to create the ultimate training program for club players. Filmed in person in St. Louis, this course includes 10 volumes covering everything from openings, tactical play, how to convert advantages, to positional play and more.

The goal of the series is to give you a glimpse into the methods Susan uses as a FIDE Senior trainer and head of the SPICE …

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Chess Sets Savings for the Summer

Summer Chess Set Sale Now Live – 40 – 50 percent off!

The early summer is often the proverbial calm before the storm here at the chess store. The reason for that is many of our large shipments of chess pieces and boards start to arrive around now. While it’s always great to talk about all the cool new chess sets, space is a premium and we’ve come to the conclusion we literally do not have enough room for what is expected to arrive over the next couple of months.

Solution? Offer Close-out prices on discontinued and overstocked items. …

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ChessUSA Spotlight on Brass and Metal Chess Sets

A spotlight on some of the many Staunton Brass and Metal Chess Sets at ChessUSA

Some of our new arrivals – that knight in my hand weights over 3lbs by itself!

With all the changes and new items over the past couple of years, it’s very easy to fall far – far behind. I’ve finally gotten to uploading the images for the brass chess pieces we recently received, as well as uploading pictures to a few from last year that never made it on the website. It’s hard to highlight every new item – but I thought this would …

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Watch this amazing chess video short!

A Chess Love Story?

It’s great when we can see some new and creative chess stories – this adorable video entitled “Illegal Move” isn’t just for chess enthusiasts – it’s the sort of thing i’d expect out of a pixar short! One of my coworkers had it up on his page, and I thought it was something that would be great to share.

Taken from the Vimeo page (it was uploaded by Team Rock-It.

I’ll leave the synopsis out – let yourself be surprised. It’s only a few minutes long, but it’s really worth a look. Absolutely adorable. …

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Why do Club Player’s always get stuck in 1500-1900 FIDE??

Are you wondering why so many people get stuck at the 1500-1900 FIDE chess level without making any progress despite countless studying and practice?

You are not alone. Dozens of students around this skill hit a glass ceiling despite continued study of tactics and games, and more.

I recently reached out to a friend of mine, Argentine Grandmaster Damian Lemos, whose ascent to becoming a Grandmaster is very different than your typical story:

As a kid he showed incredible potential, reaching 2000 FIDE expert level at only 10 years old while putting minimal effort into formal study beyond just practicing …

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