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  • The Evans Gambit: Modern Play

    Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... | Read More

  • Lionel Kieseritzky

          The ancient Estonian city of Tartu lies about 2500 miles from Paris, France.  In the 19th century Tartu didn't exist as such but rather was known as Dorpat under the umbrella of the Imperial Russian empire.   Dorpat lay in Livonia... | Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Little Mother

         In the 1890s women's chess in England, as in most places, was considered nearly inconsequential.  To bring this arena to the forefront required dedication, energy and persistance.  It so happened that many of the women who had those re... | Read More

    • BIG FAT DADDY, McCarthyism, Censorship and HATE

      Sadly, McCarthyism is thriving on the internet. Numerous people have been targeted by Big Fat Daddy and others in his groups to have their accounts closed.  Some, for no other reason than refusing his friend requests, group invites, or not fitt... | Read More

      • Kem_Nebu
      • | Apr 17, 2015
    • Time

      I haven't had much time lately. I won't be accepting any challenges or tournament invites. I may join a few team matches and when summer comes I'll have more time again :-) | Read More

      • mkelowna
      • | Apr 16, 2015
    • Swindle Sac

      Black's innocuous looking 18. Nc2 invites white to pull the trigger on himself! | Read More

    • Arrogance and Rudeness

      Being Irish I have seen my share of leprechauns and trooper fairies. Once I almost found my pot o' gold under the last ray of gold from a gorgeous rainbow one beautiful Spring. However, I have not yet found my groove here on because of m... | Read More

      • Irish-Guy
      • | Apr 13, 2015
    • King Hunters

      You have been invited to join the Group "King Hunters". To learn more about them you can visit their homepage here. CLICK HERE to join this group now!   Welcome to King Hunters! We have 900+ new active members. If you want to get better at... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Groningen 1946

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    First international chess tournament after World War II.  Botvinnik won, receiving 1,500 Dutch guilders and a silver cigarette box from the Queen.  A tablecloth was given to the best non-prizewinner.  A picture of the Martini Tower ... Read More »