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Michael "Mig" Greengard (born 9 June 1969 in Northern California, USA) is an American chess author and journalist who currently lives in New York City.[1] Greengard also maintains the official English website of the Russian pro-democracy coalition, The Other Russia.[2]



Greengard's online column "Mig on Chess" appeared from 1997 to 1999 in The Week in Chess.[3] He used to write columns for ChessBase and Chess Cafe. His website previously featured a popular chess blog, "The Daily Dirt", in which he had often passed on comments from Garry Kasparov. However, after some time of declining activity, the blog ceased in 2011, leaving room for Twitter as Greengard's preferred medium. He provides streaming audio commentary on major chess tournaments on Internet Chess Club's Chess.FM. He secured an important interview with Vladimir Kramnik on 16 December 2002.[4] He was widely quoted as a commentator on the Garry Kasparov v X3D Fritz match in November 2003.[5][6]

Greengard was vice president of content for Kasparov Chess Online and editor-in-chief of from 1999 until the site's demise in 2002.[7]

Since 1999 Greengard has worked with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov including being the editor of the official English website of the party in which Kasparov is active, The Other Russia.[2] He collaborated with Kasparov on his 2007 book How Life Imitates Chess, acting as his ghostwriter.[8][9]


Greengard took part in the 2003 documentary film Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine.[10][11]


Greengard was named Chess Journalist of the Year, by the Chess Journalists of America, for 2006-07.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Who is Mig Greengard?", Chessbase, accessed January 05, 2007
  2. ^ a b "Archive for Mig Greengard - Editor of, The Other Russia, accessed January 05, 2007
  3. ^ "A Conversation with Mig Greengard", Howard Goldowsky,
  4. ^ "Mig talks to Kramnik", Chessbase, 16 December 2002
  5. ^ "Man versus machine chess match drawn", Celeste Biever, New Scientist, 19 November 2003
  6. ^ "Rage Against the (Chess) Machine", Leander Kahney, Wired, 10 November 2003
  7. ^ "Braingames World Chess Championships", London Chess Centre, accessed 7 January 2007
  8. ^ "Kasparov's Political Gambit", Anton Troianovski, The Washington Post, October 20, 2007
  9. ^ "Kasparov in New York – and on Al Jazeera", Chessbase, 20 December 2007
  10. ^ "Michael Greengard", IMDb, accessed 6 January 2008
  11. ^ "Computer Chess: Looking Back, Looking Forward", Howard Goldowsky,, May 20, 2005
  12. ^ "2007 Chess Journalists of America/Fred Cramer Awards Committee for Excellence in Chess Journalism", Chess Journalists of America, 10 September 2007
  13. ^ "Interview with Mig Greengard, United States Chess Federation, Jonathan Hilton, September 4, 2007

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