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Le blog de la Batgirl

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This blog, like most of what I write, focuses on the historical and cultural aspects of chess - with a few rants thrown in for good measure.

I don't accept friend requests; I don't play chess here; and I don't generally respond to notes, but I will respond to messages if they seem to have a purpose other than meaningless chat.  I'm only mentioning this so everyone knows there's nothing personal in my lack of response to any of the above.



    • Final Blog

            This is my last blog on chess.com.  I may continue to contribute an occasional article on chess history, but that's all.       My archive should be accessible if anyone cares to wade through it all.      Thanks to everyone ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 13, 2013
      • | 5775 views
      • | 60 comments
    • Chess with the Nazis

           During the 1939 Chess Olympiad (August 24th  - September 19th)  in Buenos Aires, Germany invaded Poland and WWII began in Europe.  The USA didn't participate in the 8th Olympiad for financial reasons. Great Britain dropped out upon ne... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 29, 2013
      • | 3384 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Max Lange on Morphy/Anderssen

      Adolphus Anderssen by Max Lange, 1858 The Match with Herr Anderssen. I.     The high reputation which the Transatlantic master had enjoyed for a long time in the western part of Europe had insensibly found an echo in Germany. There were, it... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 23, 2013
      • | 2176 views
      • | 3 comments
    • H.J.R. Murray

            Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While researc... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 18, 2013
      • | 2372 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Medieval Chess Stories by Murray

           Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While researchin... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 15, 2013
      • | 2911 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Parsloe's Coffee-House by Murray

             Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While resea... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 10, 2013
      • | 2621 views
      • | 11 comments
    • The Courier Game by Murray

           Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While researchin... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 5, 2013
      • | 2104 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Howard Staunton

           Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While researchi... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 1, 2013
      • | 2789 views
      • | 11 comments
    • William Lewis

            Harold James Ruthven Murray was possibly the greatest and most influential chess historian ever born.  His monumental work, "A History of Chess," published in 1913, is still valid and quite useful in its centennial year. While researc... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Aug 28, 2013
      • | 3027 views
      • | 13 comments
    • The Ups and Downs of John Henry Huttmann

           Looking into rise of popularity of chess in England during the early 19th century, it's necessary to look not only at the individual players and writers of chess, but at the various clubs and venues. While not the first, one of the most ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Aug 23, 2013
      • | 7986 views
      • | 9 comments