Last week, we examined the origins of the Smith-Morra Gambit.
As the Smith-Morra began to encounter strong players, a variety of different responses developed. In the early days, declining the gambit was actually quite popular.
In fact, ... | Read More
In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | Read More
For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers.
Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More
When I have lessons with students, we usually go over their games.
Invariably, the student comes to me thinking that the errors in the game are based on blunders, missed tactics, a bad opening, or some form of positional atrocity. Of course, thes... | Read More
Chess and music have been linked throughout history.
Both of these cerebral pursuits live at the intersection of science and art, and both are breeding grounds for amazing geniuses and prodigies.
The logic, structure, and meaning of music can ... | Read More