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  • Nellie

    1892 "BCM"      In 1894 Nellie Love Marshall Showalter, the wife of then U.S. Chess Champion, Jackson Whipps Showalter, played Mrs. Harriet Worrell, the wife of the renowned chess player who had died in 1878, Thomas Herbert Worrall, also... | Read More

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  • Adonis

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    • それは高確率で「ソフト指し」

      あまり批判的なブログは書きたくないので今まで書かなかったのですが、今日 Live Chess で2回も同一人物の「ソフト指し」に出会ったので (イラっときたので) 書くことにします。皆さ... | Read More

    • Goring Gambit lesson 3

      Hi! I'm happy to share with you my second video about the "Goring Gambit" or "Scotch Gambit", this is the third video of the series, soon I will share the new videos to have a complete knowledge about this opening. Did you lose the first video... | Read More

    • Defending Against the Scotch (all of them)

      Just like in my last blog ( ) these puzzles are just my personal preferences, so if you do not get the puzzle right, you could still ... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 17, 2015
    • My Games #14: Scotch 4 Knights

      You know I like showing off my wins against strong opponents.  My opponent with the white pieces was ~2150 level. We both made some blunders but it was prety exciting. I made a dangerous Bishop sacrifice on h3. More of a positional than tactical... | Read More

      • Haggard-CC
      • | Aug 17, 2015

Video Lessons

  • Scotch Game

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    The Scotch Game is an opening that derives its name from a series of correspondence games between the London and Edinburgh Chess Clubs beginning in 1824 and continuing until 1828.  Interestingly, it was the London club that used the... Read More »

  • open-closed

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    Open and Closed positions refer to the two main types of pawn structures of the centre . Open positions generally have an open centre , where the majority of the pawns have been swapped off . For example Scotch game results in an open game : ... Read More »

  • Cochrane, John

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    John Cochrane (1798-1978) was a Scottish master and lawyer who spent half his life in India.  He played chess in London while on vacation.   In 1815 he was a second lieutenant on the HMS Bellerophon, which transported Napoleon to hi... Read More »

  • Scotch opening

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    An opening name derived from an 1824 correspondence game between the English in London and the Scots in Edinburgh, Scotland.  However, it was the English who played the Scotch opening. Read More »