Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess.
The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.
But what if you're not playing a... | Read More
The Northern Gambit
The moves of the Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 - after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways.
The Danish or Northern Gambit
As 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
Professor: Hello, class.
Idris: Hello, professor.
A number of people were smiling.
Rachel: So, is there a plan for today?
Wei: What kind of chess player plays without a plan?
Zephyr: I never thought of the professor as being a player.
Lucian... | Read More
Bobby Fischer was one of the most well-rounded players in history. He was at once a tactical wizard and a positional genius, a theoretical expert and a peerless endgame player.
He was essentially unbeatable in match play largely because his oppo... | Read More