Professor: Hello, Class. Happy April Fool’s Day!
Lucian: Professor, April Fool’s Day has come and gone. It was three days ago.
Zephyr: I prefer to think of April 1 as being Rachmaninoff’s birthday.
Lucian: I don’t know if I’d... | Read More
First I must make a disclaimer. The following list is based on nearly thirty years of playing and grinding my way up through the ranks as well as coaching chess to players in these ranks for nearly twenty years. The list is still highly subjective... | Read More
What is an impossible checkmate? If you open any book for beginners it will inform you that a king and a lonely knight cannot checkmate an opponent's king. Moreover, if you only have a king and a knight and your opponent lost on time in an Interne... | Read More
Occasionally I hear some intermediate level players protest that any problem that does not follow the normal "needs" of a chess game can't be helpful to your game. These "normal" concerns would include:
White (Black) to play and win (if you are n... | Read More
Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady chess player. Part of the p... | Read More