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  • Adonis

         I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

  • The Best Chess Of 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, it’s a natural time to look back at the best chess of the year. The past year was a good one for fans of the world’s most popular board game. There was an exciting world championship match, several amaz... | Read More

  • The Greenwich Village Gambit

     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

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    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

  • The Master’s Bulletin, October 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Fabiabulous Editor Peter Doggers borrowed Dejan Bojkov's term to describe Fabiano Caruana's recent successes. Doggers writes: ... | Read More

    • DAILY REVIEW OF WIJK AAN ZEE 2015. Round 13 - Unstoppable Magnus

      The winner of last year's tournament Tata Steel Challengers Croatian GM Ivan Šarić could not stop in the decisive game the world champion Magnus Carlsen... Photo © | ...who became today the owner of another ... | Read More

    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.19.2015 - day 40

      Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in Beijing in 2013: Black to move and checkmates in 1: Russian talent Sergey Karjakin best Italian top player Fabiano Caruana in the Tal memorial tournament in 2013: Blac... | Read More

    • Wijk aan Zee 2015 - Round 5

      Has Carlsen developed into a difficult opponent for Aronian? 6-0 for the World Champion after Aronian's last win in 2009! Jobava continues to blunder and lose while playing the Dutch against the Pole was a bad idea by the Italian. Read the compl... | Read More

    • Measure Your Ego

      Bobby Fischer famously once said "I like the moment when I break a man's ego". ego (noun): a person's sense of self esteem or self-importance ( All subsequent defintions are also taken f... | Read More

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    • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 01.03.2015 - day 24

      Top junior player Ian Nepomniachtchi played Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana in the Blitz World Championship in 2010. Black to move and checkmates in 1: American grandmaster Gata Kamsky beat top armenian player Levon Aronian in Mainz in 201... | Read More

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  • Italian Game

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    'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this lite... Read More »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Read More »

  • Giuoco Piano

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    First known chess opening, according to the Gottingen manuscript (1490).  The opening is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5, and was given its name by Lolli.  The opening name is derived from Italian, meaning quiet game, in contrast to gambit openings.... Read More »

  • Bird, Henry Edward

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    Henry Edward Bird (1830-1908) was an accountant and strong amateur player from England.   In 1851, at the age of 21, he was invited to the first international chess tournament, held in London.  In round 1, he was knocked out by Bernhard Horwitz... Read More »

  • Zukertort, Johannes

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    Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was a chess master, physician, pianist, magazine editor, music critic, linguist, swordsman and marksman.  He was fluent in   English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Sa... Read More »