The Oldest Chess Opening?

The Oldest Chess Opening?

ArnieChipmunk
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Oct 15, 2017

Although many chess fans find it boring, in my opinion it's absolutely fascinating that the Giuoco Piano, or Italian Opening, is so popular again at top grandmaster level. Isn't it wonderful that some of the oldest books about modern chess already...

Morphy and Me

Morphy and Me

ArnieChipmunk
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Aug 20, 2017

One of the very first chess books I bought was Morphy's Games of Chess (1957) by Philip W. Sergeant. This book (I was 14 years old when I read it) made a lasting impression on me - I've been fascinated by the chess genius from New Orleans eve...

A rambling rook in a blitz game

A rambling rook in a blitz game

ArnieChipmunk
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Jul 14, 2017

Blitz games are usually a lot of fun while they're being played, but best forgotten once they're finished. Last week, however, I played a blitz game on Chess.com which actually featured a funny theme you don't hear much about. It's the so-cal...

From AVRO 1938 to Norway Chess and back

From AVRO 1938 to Norway Chess and back

ArnieChipmunk
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Jun 19, 2017

Last week I went to Norway, to see the strongest chess tournament since AVRO 1938. The legendary AVRO tournament, held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has captured my imagination ever since my granddad, who taught me the rules of chess, told me a...

Review: Smerdon's Scandinavian

Review: Smerdon's Scandinavian

ArnieChipmunk
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Nov 1, 2015

It's been a while since I've written a serious chess book review, but I felt I had to make an exception for Smerdon's Scandinavian by GM David Smerdon. The reason is simple: I've played this variation of the Scandinavian, also known as the Portug...

A Positional Queen Sacrifice in Blitz

A Positional Queen Sacrifice in Blitz

ArnieChipmunk
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Sep 22, 2014

Blitz games should never be taken seriously - even world class players tend to drop material every 5 moves - but sometimes certain fragments are worth thinking about for a bit longer than just a few minutes.  Last week I played a blitz game onlin...

Vindicated after 19 years

Vindicated after 19 years

ArnieChipmunk
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Apr 19, 2014

I don't play - or think about - chess a lot anymore, and opening preparation is something from such a distant past that I can hardly remember how to do it anymore.  Imagine my amusement when, last week, I played an important team game and all of ...

Miley Cyrus and the Rijksmuseum Round

Miley Cyrus and the Rijksmuseum Round

ArnieChipmunk
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Jan 18, 2014

Did you see the live report of the fourth round of the Tata Steel tournament on CNN? You didn't? What a pity. It was great, just great. Ah, so much publicity for chess, just because the round was played in the world-famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam...

A Great Event

A Great Event

ArnieChipmunk
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Nov 11, 2013

When it turned out that I would be in Chennai, India, in November during the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, I was, like any chess fan would be, over the moon. I even posted a photograph of my visa on my Facebook p...

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