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  • Louis Paulsen II

         I'd written about Paulsen several times in different places. HERE is my article at of which I'll consider this an extension.      Why write more on Louis Paulsen?  I am fascinated with the 19th century and chess during th... | Read More

  • Today's Guest

         Below is an article published in several periodicals in late 1900. It appeared just shortly after the death of Wilhelm Steinitz and offers some astute appraisals of the chess players who contributed to the development of chess in the 2nd ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Mailbag: Lost In Losing

    Topic for next month: Speed Chess (Please start submitting questions concerning the above topic for the next column. Questions different from the above theme should be submitted to other departments.)   Question 1: (Submitted by War... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

    • How to win every game of chess.

      Hello. This guide is for winners.1. Only play as white. Abort every game as black, create seperate accounts if need be. 2. Open every game with d4. I have it on good authority from a time traveller that this is the first move in solved chess (whi... | Read More

      • guyza
      • | Apr 25, 2015
    • Knowing the cheats!

      I'm here to expose cheats who don't play by the rules. Here are the chess engine user's to avoid. 1, Heisenberg59 , this idiot here, admitted to using a chess engine in chat. How this guy isn't banned, I don't know.  2, Storms_Fast 3, Night_Sh... | Read More

    • Men, Women and Nigel Short 2: An academic response

      SUMMARY: Short’s article was not as controversial as it has been made out to be Short based his claims on two recent academic contributions – one statistical comment and one study on FIDE data – that suggested that gender gaps cannot be exp... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Apr 24, 2015
    • Elizabeth Bykova Bio (Third and Fifth Women’s World Chess Champion)

      Elisabeth Bykova Third and Fifth Women’s World Chess Champion     Elisabeth Bykova was the third was a Sovietchess player and the third and fifth Women's World Chess Champion, from 1953 until 1956, and again from 1958 to 1962. Rudenko wa... | Read More

      • Apache15
      • | Apr 21, 2015
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    • Men, Women and Nigel Short

      (See also the second, more technical follow-up: Men, Women and Nigel Short 2: An academic response)   Much to my amazement, chess has hit the front pages of the mainstream media for the third time in a fortnight. This time, however, it's mor... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Apr 20, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Selenus, Gustavus

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    Gustavus Selenius (1579-1666) was the author of Das Schach-oder Konig-Spiel (Chess or King-play), the earliest detailed account of living chess and the earliest German chess book, in 1616.  Gustavus Selenius was the pseudonym for August ... Read More »

  • Salvio, Alessandro

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    Alessandro Salvio (1570-1640) was a chess author from Naples, doctor, and best chess analyst of his time.  He defeated Paolo Boi in 1598 (who died three days later) and Geronimo Cascio in 1606.  He was unofficial world chess champio... Read More »

  • Fine, Reuben

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    Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a U.S. Grandmaster (1950) and one of the best chessplayers in the U.S. in the 1930s.  He took first place in 23 of the 27 important events in his chess career.  During World War II he was employed by the Navy ... Read More »