Author: George

Summer Chess Camps and Classes

Summer Chess Classes Don’t miss out on a great way to keep your child’s mind in shape this summer by registering them for chess classes! CheckMates USA classes are fun, interesting, and teach your child the skills they need to be successful students and people. Space is Limited! Register now!   Lake Zurich Park District […]

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Playing Top Level High School Chess by Josh Dubin

Chess is an amazing game. High school chess is an amazing experience. Having just finished competing in my fourth state high school championship for chess, it is easy to reflect upon the great times I have had as a part of a chess team. Though for most of a chess player’s career, chess is an individual sport (with just […]

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Chess at Arlington Heights Library

This last Saturday CheckMates came to help the Arlington Heights Library with Chess during their Giant Board Games Day. It was a fun filled day where dozens of kids came to play and learn the game of chess. CheckMates gave free introductory lessons to players who did not know how to play chess and taught […]

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CheckMatesUSA Blog is Back

We’ve been upgrading other parts of the website, but now the blog is back! Check Back everyday for new articles and find out more than you ever imagined about chess. Also, if you have questions about chess would like us to write an article about something particlar in chess, please let us know. -George Krasnopolskiy

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Elk Grove Village Library Winners!

Congratulations to Emmett for winning the Open Division and Chris for winning the Beginners Division! This is from the Scholastic Chess Tournament CheckMates Chess Academy held in Elk Grove Village Illinois at the Elk Grove Village Public Library. This is a kids events run by Checkmates Chess Academy. Kids between the ages of 5 and […]

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Chess on Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and most importantly: lots of family together. Chess is a great game to play with the whole family and get some friendly competition going. Parents, Kids, Grandparents, and all the other relatives can get together and play some chess before or after the big meal. Chess is […]

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Chess Tournament this Saturday!

This Saturday we will be having a kids chess tournament at Elk Grove Village Library from 1:30 – 3:00. All kids from grades k- 6th are welcome  to come, even beginners! Kids will be separated into two sections: Beginners and Intermediate/ Advanced. Everyone will leave with a prize and first place will leave with an even COOLER […]

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Castling in Chess

Castling is a unique and special move in chess. Castling is one of the three main goals in the opening of the game and you SHOULD do it in every game you play. Castling is the one time in a chess game that you can move two pieces at the same time! Why would you […]

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What is a stalemate?

Stalemate is either a relief to you or a huge disappointment. A stalemate in chess is one of the four ways to achieve a draw (a tie game). A stalemate happens when a player cannot make any moves. In chess you are never allowed to skip your turn; therefore, if you cannot move the game […]

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The Ven Diagram of Chess

The Ven Diagram of Chess is something I created to help explain what a player should try to do in a game of chess. Of course, we all know that a player must always strive to give a checkmate. This is a very general goal and most people would get frustrated if that is the […]

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