Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is.
This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More
The Open Sicilian can be broken down into four basic systems.
In one, the Dragon, the black bishop is fianchettoed on g7.
In the Scheveningen, it is developed on e7 while Black adopts a "little center" of pawns on d6 and e6.
In a third, t... | Read More
Despite the War, the 1940s were an exciting time in American chess, especially in New York. The USCF, newly formed, still seemed vibrant and "Chess Review," Horowitz' somewhat self-serving periodical, reflected the vivacious... | Read More
In the first installment of my series on the development of various opening variations, we learned about the history of the King's Gambit.
This week we will be moving on to a more modern and frequently seen opening: the Winawer French.
In th... | Read More
Manhattan, early '60s -- a place and a time.
One of the few sources of insight into this particular chess scene comes to us through the pages of the March-April, 1964 issue of Frank Brady's marvelous, though short-lived, magazine... | Read More