Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/final-blogSun, 13 Oct 2013 06:02:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/final-blogChess 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/chess-with-the-nazisSun, 29 Sep 2013 18:19:43 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/chess-with-the-nazisMax 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/max-lange-on-morphyanderssenMon, 23 Sep 2013 13:05:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/max-lange-on-morphyanderssenH.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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/hjr-murrayWed, 18 Sep 2013 13:40:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/hjr-murrayMedieval 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/midieval-chess-stories-by-murraySun, 15 Sep 2013 17:17:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/midieval-chess-stories-by-murrayParsloe'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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/parsloes-coffee-house-by-murrayTue, 10 Sep 2013 17:06:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/parsloes-coffee-house-by-murrayThe 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-courier-game-by-murrayThu, 05 Sep 2013 12:55:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-courier-game-by-murrayHoward 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/howard-stauntonSun, 01 Sep 2013 16:20:32 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/howard-stauntonWilliam 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/william-lewisWed, 28 Aug 2013 16:30:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/william-lewisThe 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-ups-and-downs-of-john-henry-huttmannFri, 23 Aug 2013 14:30:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-ups-and-downs-of-john-henry-huttmannLouis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais   La Bourdonnais' death-mask Instead of a portrait, we only have a sad caricature drawn from a dreadful mask moulded after death.  -Gabriel-ÃČloy Doazan writing to Prof. Geo. Allen        Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais followed D...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/louis-charles-mahe-de-la-bourdonnaisSun, 18 Aug 2013 13:56:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/louis-charles-mahe-de-la-bourdonnaisGeorge Walker       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...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/george-walkerWed, 14 Aug 2013 13:09:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/george-walkerDeschapelles Alexandre Louis Honoré Lebreton Deschapelles(portrait - HERE)      After the death of Philidor in 1795 there was a period of silence in the chess world. In 1775 four men had gotten together and wrote a book called "Traité Théorique et P...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/deschapellesFri, 09 Aug 2013 14:10:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/deschapellesThe Professor of Chess Jacob Henry Sarratt (1772-1819)      Jacob Henry Sarratt, born in 1772, worked primarily as schoolmaster but was much better known for his advocations which, of course, included chess.     After Philidor's death, Verdoni (along with Lege...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-professor-of-chessMon, 05 Aug 2013 14:50:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-professor-of-chessEarly Modern Chess Writers and Poets      Poetry in chess has been around for a long time.  H.J.R. Murray's "A History of Chess" dedicated an entire chapter to Early Didactic Literature.  It this chapter he discusses 11 Latin poems and 2 Hebrew poems from about 1000-1450 A.D. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/early-modern-chess-writers-and-poetsThu, 01 Aug 2013 12:34:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/early-modern-chess-writers-and-poetsPhilidor                                                                                    François André Danican Philidor There are several very good biographies of Phi...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/philidorTue, 30 Jul 2013 12:54:04 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/philidorChess: 1475-1795      When studying history, at some point you have to stop looking at the trees and take in the entire forest. The 19th century is so important and complex that the death of Philidor is the appropriate place to mark as a vantage point for loo...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/chess-1475-1795Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:08:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/chess-1475-1795Gioacchino Greco Gioacchino Greco  (1600-1634)      Gioachino Greco, also known as "Il Calabrese", was born around 1600 in Celico, which near Cosenza in Calabria. Calabria had already produced such players as Leonardo di Bono and Michael di Mauro. From his ...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/gioacchino-grecoSun, 21 Jul 2013 16:19:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/gioacchino-grecoThe Nature of a Chess HistorianLong ago I had come across an article by Bob Meadley, recipient of the 2002 Purdy Medal, An Australian chess award for outstanding contribution as a player or journalist. In this article (which Meadley expressly states is not copyrighted), the aut...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-nature-of-a-chess-historianWed, 17 Jul 2013 14:36:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/the-nature-of-a-chess-historianLadies' Entry into the Chess World.      A couple of years ago I published a 3 part series on the famous Ladies Chess Club of London.   Although those posting were pretty much raw data set in a chronological order with some photos and games to lighten things up, I felt it gav...http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/ladies-enry-into-the-chess-worldSun, 14 Jul 2013 06:46:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/ladies-enry-into-the-chess-world