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
In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit.
This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French.
In th... | Read More
Manhattan, early '60s -- a place and a time.
One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More
With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come.
I now begin a new column co... | Read More
Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser. But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role. While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More