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  • Walker

    George  Walker    George Walker's life (1803-1879) spanned one of the most remarkable periods of chess.  As a chess player, he met and played such personalities as John Cochrane, William Lewis, Alexander McDonnell, Labourdonnais, Pierre Charl... | Read More

  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant past with links to what has c... | Read More

  • Who Will Beat Magnus Carlsen?

    If you follow my weekly column, then you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Magnus Carlsen. I like his chess style, his general attitude to play till the very end and his notorious disregard of the opening theory. I grew up at the height... | Read More

  • Amazing Games for Beginners

    Even the barest novice can appreciate and learn from the exquisite artistry and logic in the conceptual masterpieces to be found here. Join some of's finest teachers on a tour of the most dazzling and instructive ches... | Read More

  • "Queer Moves in Chess"

         I stumbled upon the following article while reading through the March 1903 edition of "Checkmate: Monthly Chess Review."  It looked familiar and I was able to determine I had seen it before in "Pollock Memories,"  a collection of his ... | Read More

    • Vignesh's Puzzles 9

        This one was made by Morphy | Read More

    • How Morphy Took Down the Isolated Queen Pawn

      It's interesting how few players seem to want to battle against the isolated queen pawn (aka the IQP or isolani). This statement is mostly based on anecdotal evidence: I've had at least a couple of students tell me that they just don't play agains... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Nov 18, 2015
    • En honor a Morphy y a Lucena

      En esta partida, jugada en 1859 en Paris, Paul Morphy realiza un mate conocido como "el mate de Lucena", llamado así en honor a Luis Ramírez de Lucena, un ajedrecista español del siglo XVI. En 1497 publica en Salamanca el tratado de ajedrez má... | Read More

      • Algor1tm0
      • | Nov 6, 2015
    • Paul Morphy, Part 2

      In the first part of this series, we looked at a game by Paul Morphy's brother, Ernest Morphy. Although it was a rather brilliant game, I will not be doing a series on Ernest. We will now be doing truly Paul!  "How to Beat Your Dad At Chess" was... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 4, 2015
    • Morphy-Rousseau 1849 New Orleans

      Looking back on some of the older games in chess...I was looking at some Morphy games today, specifically King's Gambit games. Even if you don't believe King's Gambit is "correct", you should study some of the heritage of chess. Otherwise, you mis... | Read More

      • BirdBrain
      • | Nov 3, 2015
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Video Lessons

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Evergreen Game

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    Adolf Anderssen was a great tactician and attacker, and was arguably one of the best players of his time. In this game against Dufresne in Berlin,1852, it became famous instantly after it was played. It was called the Evergreen Game by Wihelm Stei... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Harrwitz, Daniel

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    Daniel Harrwitz (29 April 1823 – 9 January 1884) was a German master (born in Breslau, Silesia) and world’s best active player in the mid 1850s.  He played matches against Staunton, Anderssen, Lowenthal, and lost to Morphy.  He became a prof... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »