News

May 9, 2017

April 10, 2017

  • Magnus - a documentary worth watching.
  • Access real time ratings of the world's top chess players.

March 15, 2017

  • View the current listing of the most popular chess websites.
  • Download ForwardChess - an interactive chess book app for your smart phone or tablet computer.

February 22, 2017

  • Watch the episode of the Simpsons about chess featuring Magnus Carlsen!
  • Observe chess tournaments with real time computer analysis.

January 27, 2017

December 20, 2016

November 10, 2016

October 17, 2016

  • Are you betting on Carlsen or Karjakin?
  • Keep track of all world chess events.

September 16, 2016

  • Register for the upcoming 2016 Houston Open Chess Championship (October 28-30).
  • Queen of Katwe comes out September 23th. See it on September 19th for FREE (Enter Code: 630335).

August 9, 2016

July 20, 2016

June 12, 2016

May 27, 2016

  • New chess book added in the Books section: Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca.
  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (June 18).

April 15, 2016

March 2, 2016

  • Check out this very detailed and dynamic openings explorer.
  • Register for the upcoming 2016 Lone Star Open Chess Championship (March 18-20).

February 12, 2016

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (February 27).
  • View a video tutorial by Anatoly Karpov on opening fundamentals.

January 6, 2016

December 8, 2015

November 18, 2015

  • Download and study these excellent chess books.
  • Analyze a famous game between Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer.

October 31, 2015

  • New in Chess is an excellent monthly chess magazine.
  • Register for the upcoming 2015 Houston U.S. Class Chess Championship (November 13-15).

September 25, 2015

August 12, 2015

July 25, 2015

June 27, 2015

  • Chess.com did a nice overview of the Norway Chess 2015 tournament.
  • Get this inexpensive chess board - it is of excellent quality.

May 30, 2015

  • Check out the latest trailer for Pawn Sacrifice.
  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (June 13).

April 15, 2015

  • Solve endgame puzzles at ChessTempo.com for free.
  • Study this great game between Mikhail Tal and Konstantin Klaman (Moscow 1957).

March 26, 2015

  • Look cool: get a funny chess t-shirt.
  • Analyze a famous game between Alexey Shirov and Judit Polgar.

February 21, 2015

January 10, 2015

December 26, 2014

November 25, 2014

  • Roman's Lab is a great set of video tutorials that is guaranteed to improve your game quality.

October 10, 2014

  • Advanced Defense is an excellent set of interactive training exercises.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Think Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov.

September 24, 2014

  • Watch Judit Polgar exploit a deadly trap.
  • Register to participate in the upcoming 2014 Houston Open (November 14-16).

August 19, 2014

  • The Mammoth Book of Chess is both inexpensive and valuable.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Train Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov.

July 10, 2014

June 30, 2014

  • Bill Gates takes on Magnus Carlsen in a televised blitz match.
  • Chess Database is an excellent resource with millions of games.

May 9, 2014

April 2, 2014

March 10, 2014

February 19, 2014

January 15, 2014

  • Check out this interesting tactical puzzle.
  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (January 18).

December 5, 2013

October 23, 2013

September 27, 2013

  • Check out this legendary game between Tal and Fischer.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Looking for Trouble by Dan Heisman.

August 24, 2013

  • Register for the upcoming 2013 Houston U.S. Class Chess Championship (September 27-29).
  • This is a great teaching chess set for kids. It contains helpful rule cards.

August 16, 2013

July 18, 2013

  • Download an older version of Fritz for free.
  • Get Rybka for gratis too!

June 24, 2013

June 3, 2013

  • Judit Polgar's book "How I Beat Fischer's Record" is truly superb.
  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (June 22).

May 19, 2013

May 2, 2013

April 10, 2013

April 2, 2013

March 26, 2013

March 11, 2013

  • Watch this funny match in which a queen is miraculously saved.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Art of Attack by Vladimir Vukovic.

February 25, 2013

February 17, 2013

February 5, 2013

February 2, 2013

  • Opening lesson this Friday: The Italian Game. Chess problems.
  • Check out this neat BBC documentary on chess.

January 26, 2013

January 12, 2013

  • Opening lesson this Friday: Caro–Kann Defense. Chess problems.
  • Check out our club sponsor's eBay store and find some great deals.

January 7, 2013

  • Opening lesson this Friday: The Scandinavian Defense. Chess problems.
  • Learn Descriptive Notation to study chess books published prior to 1960.

December 17, 2012

  • Opening lesson this Friday: The Sicilian Defense. Chess problems.
  • New photos added in the Photos section.

December 10, 2012

  • Opening lesson this Friday: The French Defense. Chess problems.
  • Share your chess games with friends.
  • New photo added in the Photos section.

December 3, 2012

  • Important: Our new meeting time is every Friday from 6-9 PM at the same Starbucks.
  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (December 8).

December 2, 2012

  • Opening lesson this Friday: The Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez). Chess problems.
  • Look at this top level chess games database.

November 20, 2012

November 15, 2012

  • Take a chess rating test.
  • Examine Judit Polgar's game against Viswanathan Anand.

November 4, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (November 10).
  • Analyze Capablanca's game involving the King's Indian Defense.

October 22, 2012

October 13, 2012

  • New chess book added in the Books section: Chess Generalship by Franklin Young.
  • Watch a game between Napoleon Bonoparte and the Turk (chess automaton operated by Johann Allgaier).
  • New photo added in the Photos section.

October 8, 2012

October 2, 2012

  • Check out our club sponsor's eBay store and find some great deals.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (October 5).

September 24, 2012

  • Subscribe to the Chess TV Channel on YouTube.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (September 28).

September 20, 2012

  • This month's USCF rated club tournament is cancelled.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (September 21).

September 12, 2012

  • Download Stockfish, a super powerful open source game engine on par with Houdini.
  • Check out the winners of the Istanbul 2012 World Chess Olympiad.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (September 14).

September 4, 2012

  • Read about the history of computer chess.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (September 7).

August 27, 2012

August 18, 2012

  • Svetozar Gligoric, a legendary chess grandmaster, died on August 14.
  • Analyze a game between Svetozar Gligoric and Tigran Petrosian played in Zagreb in 1970.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (August 24).

August 12, 2012

  • Practice visualization in chess.
  • New photo added in the Photos section.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (August 17).

August 8, 2012

  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (August 10).

July 29, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (August 11).
  • Sharpen your tactical skills at ChessTempo.com and get stronger.

July 23, 2012

  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (July 27).
  • Check out ChessOpenings.com to learn or review some of the most commonly played openings.

July 8, 2012

  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (July 13).
  • New photo added in the Photos section.
  • Nice article about the legendary Fischer-Spassky 1992 rematch (St. Stefan and Belgrade).

July 2, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (July 7).
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (July 6).

June 4, 2012

  • New photo added in the Photos section.
  • Solve chess problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (June 8).

May 29, 2012

May 20, 2012

  • New photo added in the Photos section.
  • Solving Chess Problems at 8:00 PM on Friday (May 25).
  • What is Chess Boxing?

May 12, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (May 19).
  • The Power of Opposition Lesson: 8:00 PM next Friday (May 18).
  • Watch The World Chess Championship 2012 matches between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand.

May 5, 2012

  • Hypermodern Openings Lesson via our new demonstration board: 8:00 PM next Friday (May 11).
  • Watch Vladimir Kramnik battle a chess playing robot.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Test Your Tactical Ability by Yakov Neishtadt.

April 28, 2012

  • Demonstration board ordered for our chess lessons on Friday evenings.
  • New pics added in the Photos section.

April 24, 2012

  • Watch Garry Kasparov analyse his games against Anatoly Karpov.
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (April 27): The Queen's Indian Defense.

April 17, 2012

  • Watch Bobby Fischer destroy Hector Rosseto.
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (April 20): The Vienna Game.

April 8, 2012

  • Watch Garry Kasparov crush Veselin Topalov (YouTube video).

April 1, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (April 7).
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Exploiting Small Advantages by Eduard Gufeld.

March 28, 2012

  • Watch Bobby Fischer, at 13 years old, demonstrate his chess mastery against Donald Byrne.

March 21, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (March 23): The Reti Opening.

March 12, 2012

  • New pics added in the Photos section.

March 7, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (March 10).
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (March 9): The Fried Liver Attack.

March 1, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (March 2): The Berlin Defense.

February 18, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (February 24): The Scotch Game.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Catastrophe in the Opening by Yakov Neishtadt.

February 14, 2012

February 7, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (February 10): The Benoni Defense.

January 30, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (February 4).
  • Fantastic USCF Player Statistics website: PlyCount.com.
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (February 3): The Giuoco Piano.

January 21, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (January 27): The Grunfeld Defense.
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (January 27): The Square Rule.

January 16, 2012

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (January 20): The Pirc Defense.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Inside the Chess Mind by Jacob Aagaard.

January 8, 2012

  • Congrats to Robert Hatfield on once again winning the first place at the McGovern - Stella Link Open (January 7).
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (January 13): The Caro-Kann Defense.
  • New photos added in the Photos section of the website.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: How to Play Dynamic Chess by Valeri Beim.

January 1, 2012

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (January 7).
  • Happy New Year! May it bring a lot of chess knowledge and great victories!
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (January 6): The Semi Slav Defense.

December 27, 2011

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (December 30): The Slav Defense

December 17, 2011

  • Due to the Christmas Holidays there will be no meeting next Friday (December 23).
  • To get better at chess tactics visit the ChessTactics.org website. Thank you Jason.
  • Another excellent tactics website is The Chess Tactics Server.

December 11, 2011

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (December 16): The Scandinavian Defense.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Tactics in the Sicilian by Gennady Nesis.

December 5, 2011

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (December 10).
  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (December 9): The French Defense.

November 29, 2011

  • Chess lesson for this week's meeting (December 2): The Sicilian Defense & Variations (Najdorf, Dragon).

November 13, 2011

  • New chess book added in the Books section: Modern Chess Openings by Nick de Firmian.

November 6, 2011

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (November 5).
  • Congrats to Alan Rodenstein on winning the first place at the McGovern - Stella Link Open (November 5).
    Detailed tournament results are available on the Tournaments page.
  • New chess book added in the Books section: Excelling at Chess by Jacob Aagaard.

October 17, 2011

  • Join us this coming Friday at 7:00 PM at Starbucks. We will have some fantastic chess books to give away.

October 13, 2011

  • Just a quick reminder - we no longer meet on Thursdays - only Fridays.
  • Sasa is the player of the week on InstantChess.com. Congratulations!

October 11, 2011

  • Register to participate in our upcoming USCF rated tournament (November 5).
  • We welcome Olzhas Alexandrov to our club. Olzhas is an International Master from Kazakhstan.