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  • Notation

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded."  — H.J.R. M... | Read More

  • "Queer Moves in Chess"

         I stumbled upon the following article while reading through the March 1903 edition of "Checkmate: Monthly Chess Review."  It looked familiar and I was able to determine I had seen it before in "Pollock Memories,"  a collection of his ... | Read More

  • The Ages of Chess

    Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * \ Chess Comes of Age /      Around the end of the 15t... | Read More

  • The Man with 1000 Names

    Q: What do Leigh Franklin James, Paul Hugo, Paula Little, Paula Minton, Sylvia Sharon, Kenneth Harding, Marie De Jourlet, Lana Preston, Paul H. Little, Jack Warren. D.R. Mason, Hugo Paul, Jack Warren, Dr. Lamb Library, Dr. Guenter Klow, Dorothy D... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

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      • theaqua
      • | Aug 15, 2015
    • The first Chess periodical (O primeiro periódico sobre Xadrez)

      [EN] 'Le Palamède' was the world's first periodical devoted to the game of chess. It was founded in France in 1836 by Louis-Charles Mahé de la Bourdonnais (below, one of his games) - who is often considered to have been an unofficial world chess... | Read More

      • jefersonba
      • | Jan 13, 2015
    • Yip Celebrity Chess Players

      Napoleon There are games in chess databases showing Napoleon defeating amateurs but are widely thought to not be genuine. According to most sources, Napoleon was a mediocre player; maybe acceptable for an amateur but nonetheless a decent player... | Read More

      • amerxp00
      • | Jan 5, 2015
    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1

      Here are memories of Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky, an old-time Russian and Soviet player. Take note that those were published in old Soviet times, soon after Stalin's death. In that time, to get non-fiction books published, anyone and everyone... | Read More

    • Benjamin Franklin and Chess Trivia

      Benjamin Franklin was born on Jan 17, 1706 or Jan 6, 1706 old style. Franklin wrote about checkers (draughts) when he sailed to and from England in 1726.  When a fair wind came up, Franklin spent much of his time onboard playing checkers.  He l... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Aug 8, 2014

  • Hastings Chess Festival Gets Underway

    The town of Hastings on the southern coast of England is most famous for a pivotal historical battle 'The Battle of Hastings' in 1066, but since the late 19th century it has been better known among chess fans for it's association with the royal ga... | Read More

  • Building Part 10 - The Team

    Today was featured in a great video news piece in which I (Erik) had a few embarrassing interview clips. In the video I was referred to as the "creator" of, and I just wanted to let everyone know how far from true tha... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Feb 29, 2008
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    • | Misc
  • Building Part 1 - Getting Started

    A lot of people have asked about how got started, how it is doing now, and where it is going, so I thought I would share some of the inside story :) as an online chess community was an idea I conceived a few years ago. I enjoye... | Read More