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  • Waiting move

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    In chess parlance, a waiting move is a move that does not appear to contribute to the player's immediate tactical objectives, but instead shifts the burden of action to the opponent. Such a move may be inconsequential, reflecting a lack of a p... Read More »

  • Walker, George

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    George Walker was the writer of the first chess column to appear in a magazine, the Lancet, in 1823.  The column lasted less than a year.  In 1831 he formed the Westminster Chess Club, which was the leading club in England.  In... Read More »

  • Webb, Simon

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    Simon Webb (1949-2005) was an International Master (1977) and Correspondence Grandmaster (1983).  In 1966 he won the British Under-18 championship.  In 1969 he tied for 1st place (with Richard Eales) in the British Universities’ Ch... Read More »

  • Weinberger, Tibor

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    FIDE Master and USCF Senior Master. He was a Hungarian master who played in five Hungarian championships from 1952 through 1956. He came to the United States in 1957. In 1957, he won the Minneapolis Open and the New Jersey Open. In 1958, he ... Read More »

  • What did Bobby teach you?

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    He was one of the strongest players in the whole world...but little is know about his life. He was born in America (March,9 1943) and he quickly became the first American to win the official World Chess Championship. He was very very young when he... Read More »

  • What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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    The Tactics! If you are directed to the wrong page from my profile,please go back. Forks A fork is basically when one piece attacks two. Skewer When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't... Read More »

  • Why promotion is forced

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    Why is promotion forced? Think about it...supposing you could not promote, now what would happen to the pawn? The pawn would be stuck on it's square. Useless! Absolutely useless! Promotion is much better!   Queen promotion is usually bes... Read More »

  • Williams, Elijah

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    Elijah Williams was an English chess master who came in 3rd at the London International in 1851.  In 1852 he published Horae Divanianae (Hours of the Divan), a book of 150 chess games played at Simpson’ Divan.  It included the &ldq... Read More »

  • Wilson, Thomas Bright

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    Thomas Bright Wilson (1843-1915) was the inventor of the chess clock (stop clock), with the advice of Henry Blackburne.  He lived in Manchester England and was secretary of the Manchester Chess Club.  The first major tournament to use th... Read More »

  • Winawer, Simon

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    Simon Winawer (1838-1920) was a Polish master from Warsaw.  He finished 2nd at Paris 1867, behind Kolisch.  He took 1st at Paris 1878, Vienna 1882, and Nuremberg 1883.  He was German champion in 1883.  The variation 1.e4 e6 2.d... Read More »