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Chess at Toyfair 2014

The New York Toyfair – February 2014.

Chess and the Toy Fair (2014)

Early this month was the annual Toyfair at the Jacob Javits center in New York. I go to the toyfair each year and it is a great time to see what is new from various manufacturers and distributors, as well as interesting new ideas as they are developed.

Of course, the toy fair is about a whole lot more than chess, and i’m allowed to take a peek at all that too. I can see literally thousands of new toys from suppliers big and small. It’s …

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Chess Lesson (November 13th, 2013)

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Chess Lesson with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

The World Chess Championship started this past Saturday, November 9, and it is the most eagerly awaited title match in many years. The challenger, 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway, has captured the imagination of the chess public in a way that no one has since perhaps the young Garry Kasparov, or maybe going even further back to the phenomenon that was Bobby Fischer. Carlsen’s charisma doesn’t come from the kind of dynamic, outspoken personality evidenced by Kasparov or Fischer, and his …

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Chess Puzzle of the Week – November 5th, 2013

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Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

A new World Chess Championship match opens this Thursday (November 7) with play beginning on Saturday (November 9). This contest between world champion Viswanathan Anand and his young challenger, Magnus Carlsen, is one of the most eagerly awaited championship matches in chess history, and I hope all of you will spend some time following the action over the next few weeks. (It will be covered on many websites, including my personal blog.) It will be a clash of generations, styles, and …

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Chess In the Schools – ChessUSA

There are very few who would not agree that chess is a great game for keeping the mind sharp. It is well suited to the young and old alike – some research suggests playing chess can help protect against cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Likewise, it helps the developing brain in pattern recognition, analytical processing, and even patience.

While chess has always been a popular activity in high school, middle school, and even elementary school, we have noticed an uptick in the past several years. One potential reason might be due to tightened budgets for schools nationwide. While arts, music, …

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Your Move Chess supports Brooklyn Castle – You should too!

One of the things I would like to do with the Chess USA blog is to be able to spread the word about great chess news, and new things in chess. While sometimes I like to be prepared, something just sneaks up on you and you want to immediately let the world know.

With that in mind, I wanted to briefly post about the movie Brooklyn Castle, which is premiering in limited release today.

Last night, a story about the movie came up on my fiancé’s news feed and I’m glad she showed me the article. I wanted to try …

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Welcome to our blog.

I’ve been working here at Your Move Chess and Games for over half my life now, and one of the things I have appreciated about this business is not only how unique we are as a business, but also our drive to adapt and change over time so we can stay relevant. So, with that in mind – after 34 years in business we’re taking the social media plunge, starting with a blog written by yours truly.

So, what can you expect from a chess store blog?

That’s a great question, and in all honesty one I have had to …

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