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  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • A Potpourri of Traps

    Why study traps?      There are several good reasons why studying traps might be considered important. First, of course, to avoid becoming a victim of one.  Second is to recognize when the opportunity of gaining a quick victory appears.  B... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • The Endgame Cunning of Emanuel Lasker, Part 1

    It has been said that the second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, was unique among the top players of his time period in that he didn't create a chess school of thought. Others have said that he did create a school - the "psychological school." It ... | Read More

  • of Cafés, Politics, Arts and Chess

         Cafés or Coffee Houses probably originated in 16th century Turkey and quickly expanded into Persia, Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic nations.  Even there they were havens for political idealists, philosophers, artists and game players.... | Read More

    • Analysis of the Albin Countergambit

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    • Albin theme match

      I can be persuaded to join big clubs (like, say, banks), but it's tough to get me to join a smaller sub-club (like, say, the bank's Christmas program). I joined years ago, but it took a long time to find a home within the home. The Unso... | Read More

    • Mourning for Magnus Carlsen: Norway Chess Day 1

      I'm only writing this now because I didn't have time to do so right after the round ended, goes. (Also, I started this a few hours ago and then left it, which means I'm not really this far behind) Well, I'm pretty sure NO ONE expected N... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Jun 16, 2015
    • The Hardest Game to Win Is a Won Game

      It is one of Lasker's chess wisdoms that "the hardest game to win is a won game". This became pretty true at my last 7-round-robin tournament and if I look at my games, I should have scored at least 6.5 points. Anyway, I think there were some ver... | Read More

      • kurze15
      • | Jun 1, 2015
    • The Krejcik Immortal

      The Austrian master Josef Krejcik was a favorite of my old chess teacher, probably because he played several instructive miniatures (the chessgames dot com database includes 10 Krejcik games of 10 moves or shorter). His best game was an Albin, an... | Read More

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  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Showalter, Jackson Whipps

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    In 1890, Jackson Whipps Showalter (1860-1935) won the United States Chess Association’s 3rd Annual Congress Championship tournament in St. Louis.  Shortly after this tournament in 1890, he lost a match to Max Judd by a score of 7-3... Read More »

  • Albin, Adolf

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    Adolf Albin (1848-1920) was a Romanian chess master (born in Bucharest) who learned the game at age 23.  In 1872 he authored the first chess book written in Romanian, Amiculu Jocului de Schach.   He played in his first international... Read More »