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Karl_
Karl_
Location: Niagara Falls, NY, United States
Joined: 12/7/08
Last Online: 10/17/12
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  • Levitsky

         Meisterdrittel.      It's a curious fact that the informal title of "Master" ("Mаэстро"), the equivalent of today's International Grandmaster that was used in Russia during the late 19th-early twenieth century, was based upon ... | Read More

  • The Modern Defense: A History, Part 2

    Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.  Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #74: The Last Class

    Professor: Hello, class. They all greeted the professor as if saying goodbye. Professor: Don't look so glum. Rachel: Isn't this the last class? Zephyr: All good things come to an end. Lucian: Do they have to? Wei: Yes, but each ending is a t... | Read More

  • The Dominican Order

          In his 1968 book called "The Poor Knight" ("Рыцарь бедный"). Vasily Panov described 23 year old Mikhail Tschigorin walking down Nevsky Prospect, a busy thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, with his friend Fedor discussing chess,... | Read More

  • The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Three

    In part two of this article, I described how I came up with a weird looking, but nevertheless efficient, plan of treating an unpleasant middlegame in my game vs. Hikaru Nakamura. For in-depth analyzation of the study-like endgame in this encounter... | Read More


    • MOBY CHESS Keliautojams

      Labas Rytas . Šiandien mūsų taikinyje- Viena- Austrijos sostinė (kas nežinot). Aišku- žinot, bet gal pasakysiu naujieną ,kad Viena išugdė daug nuostabių Meistrų. Karlas Šlechteris , Rudolfas Špylmanas- visiems laikams įėjo į šac... | Read More

      • mobidi
      • | Jan 23, 2015
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    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 3

      Part 2 here After I got back to Moscow from Karlsbad, one Moscow chess player came to me and told me that he saw a future chess world champion in one teenager. I've always been wary of promising "wonderkids", thinking that it was impossible to tr... | Read More

    • Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 2

      Read part 1 here. In 1905, I visited Warsaw and Lodz. In Warsaw, I visited the Semadani Cafe, the city's chess center. I remember meeting Poland's strongest players. First of all, I should name the elderly chess veteran Szymon Winawer. He was ... | Read More

    • A golden GM-norm opportunity in Melbourne

      It's this time of the year in Amsterdam - when the temperature hovers around zero during both day and night, when the wind slices your face as you cycle through the horizontal, unforgiving rain - that I start my annual pine for Australia. Fortun... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Dec 12, 2014
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    • Magnus Karlsen: Genije ili automat?

      Neki velemajstori kazu da Karlsen ustvari ne igra sah. Smatraju da on nije pravi igrac. Jedan broj jos uvek igra sah "za razliku od Karlsena koji ceka da njegov protivnik napravi gresku umesto da ga nadigra kao sto to rade 'pravi' igraci" (VM Drej... | Read More