John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew (1986-) is an American chess player, International Master. He has a YouTube channel dedicated to learning chess.


Full-ride College Chess Scholarships

Full-ride scholarships cover four years of college expenses, including tuition, fees, books, housing, and meals. Several U.S. universities offer full-ride college chess scholarships. While players with FIDE titles are most likely to be awarded full-ride college chess scholarships, players with ratings as low as 2300 US Chess have been awarded these scholarships. More ūü°Ę

John Hendrick, photo by Dr. Greg Beaulieu

From Teenage Chess Students to Exemplary Adults

When I lived in Austin, Texas, from 1992 to 1996, I taught group chess classes and private chess lessons. Two of my private students were Heather Flewelling and John Hendrick. Heather became an astrophysicist and John became a chess teacher. This article is about their passion for chess. More ūü°Ę

Magnus Carlsen

Better than Others

Before his convincing display of Rapid chess against challenger Fabiano Caruana in the tie-breaks of the 2018 World Championship Match, Magnus Carlsen had won the World Rapid Championship two times (2014, 2015). On December 28, 2019, Carlsen won his third World Rapid Championship title. In this article, I will briefly discuss Carlsen being ‚Äúbetter than the others‚ÄĚ and then segue into what to do, according to one chess author, if you out-rate your opponent in a chess game. More ūü°Ę

John Bartholomew

The “ask a chess celebrity” winners are‚Ķ

SparkChess readers had questions for chess IM John Bartholomew. We decided which questions were the best ones. All five readers received one-year Premium Live SparkChess memberships. Read on to find out which of the five also won a three-month PRO membership to Chessable and for John Bartholomew‚Äôs answers. More ūü°Ę

John Bartholomew

Prizes for your questions for chess celebrity John Bartholomew

Want to win a three-month PRO membership to Chessable or a one-year SparkChess Premium Live membership? In the comments to this article, ask International Master John Bartholomew a question. On April 22, I will select the five best questions from the comments. Those ‚Äúfive best‚ÄĚ will each win a one-year Premium Live membership to SparkChess. Then John will choose the very best question from my top five. The person who asked that ‚Äúbest question‚ÄĚ will receive both a one-year Premium Live membership to SparkChess and a three-month PRO membership to Chessable. John will answer all five questions in my next article for Spark Chess. Read on to win (and to learn the Lucena position). More ūü°Ę