I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain). The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... | Read More
Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More
Dealing with a fortress — especially when you have a significant material advantage — is an infuriating experience.
Indeed, what can be more frustrating than completely outplaying your opponent, only to find that he has con... | Read More
Professor: For the 70th time, hello class.
A few indistinct words, some smiles.
Lucian: I can't believe I've been here 70 times.
Zephyr: For once we're in agreement.
Professor: Anyone want to talk about the class in general?
Zephyr: In gene... | Read More
This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 year... | Read More