Chess is well known as a game of strategy. This is why it is prominently pictured in all kinds of television commercials that have to showcase long-term planning (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.).
It is a popular myth among people who don't play c... | Read More
Last week, we learned about the pre-war origins of the opening that would become the Modern Defense.
Thus far, the Modern Defense did not have a real name, nor any kind of reputation. It was a curiosity which had been played a few time... | Read More
I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | 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
How many games have been played on Chess.com?
OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there.
A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Read More