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Bled 1931

Bled 1931

DonMcKim
| 7 days ago

Bled 1931 was a strong tournament. 14 leading chess masters of the time competed from August 23, 1931-September 29, 1931. Ten of these were from the chess "establishment" and four were up and coming, "promising players." YouTube The super...

Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik

DonMcKim
| 13 days ago

Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) was the sixth World Chess Champion. Botvinnik was "the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union. He also played a major role in the organization of chess, making a significant contribution to the ...

Chess From 1990-1999

Chess From 1990-1999

DonMcKim
| 21 days ago

Chess in the last decade of the 20th century featured a number of memorable games. These emerged in the context of what Sam Copeland has described as " a spectacular and turbulent chess decade."  Sam's excellent discussion of this period is...

A Romp Through Chess History

A Romp Through Chess History

DonMcKim
| 29 days ago

The history of chess is rich and textured. There are always interesting--and astounding!--tidbits to be uncovered. They add enjoyment to our game! Bill Price published The History of Chess in Fifty Moves (Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 201...

Baden Baden 1925

Baden Baden 1925

DonMcKim
| Aug 23, 2022

Jimmy Adams wrote that "if there is one event which fully characterises the colour and excitement of the palmy days of Hypermodern Chess--then this must be the Baden Baden tournament of 1925" [Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament: The A...

Chess Mixed Bag

Chess Mixed Bag

DonMcKim
| Aug 17, 2022

Like a kaleidoscope, we can look at Chess from a variety of perspectives! A look at the Articles and Blog Posts here at Chess.com shows the huge variety of reflections on different aspects of chess. Truly amazing! The Crossword here is a 'Mixe...

Chess From 1980-1989

Chess From 1980-1989

DonMcKim
| Aug 10, 2022

  Sam Copeland has written that “The 1980s were (even more than the 1990s), the ‘K’ decade. In 1981, World Champion Anatoly Karpov played Viktor Korchnoi in their second world championship match, winning convincingly. Thre...

Speaking Chess: A Chess Glossary

Speaking Chess: A Chess Glossary

DonMcKim
| Aug 3, 2022

Like other formal endeavors--including games--chess has its own language. Terms are the "building blocks" of chess; and all players--from World Champions on down to the youngest novice--will learn to "speak chess," using established terms and lang...

Great Chess Players--2

Great Chess Players--2

DonMcKim
| Jul 27, 2022

Here is Great Chess Players—2 We (I) can never learn too much about our predecessors in chess! Now we have a chance to learn more! Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a great American chessplayer and author. I have drawn the glimpses of 'Grea...

Fischer vs. Spassky   1972

Fischer vs. Spassky 1972

DonMcKim
| Jul 20, 2022

I couldn't let the months of July and August 2022 go by without acknowledging the 50 year Anniversary of the 1972 World Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky from July 11 to August 31, 1972. The world watched the match and i...

Chess From 1970-1979

Chess From 1970-1979

DonMcKim
| Jul 13, 2022

The decades of the 1970's provided a number of chess thrills and interesting games. Be sure to see Sam Copeland's fine discussion and game presentations from this period. https://www.chess.com/blog/SamCopeland/the-top-10-chess-games-of-the-197...

Great Chess Players--1

Great Chess Players--1

DonMcKim
| Jul 6, 2022

We (I) can never learn too much about our predecessors in chess! Now we have a chance to learn more! Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a great American chessplayer and author. I have drawn the glimpses of 'Great Chess Players--1'  in the Crosswor...

A Romp Through a Chess 'Companion'

A Romp Through a Chess 'Companion'

DonMcKim
| Jun 29, 2022

Through the years, many of us have found David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld's, The Oxford Companion to Chess (1984; 2nd ed., 1992) to be an indispensable reference volume for a wide range of chess information. Edward Winter, 'Chess Notes' 8298. ...

Chess Books of the 20th Century

Chess Books of the 20th Century

DonMcKim
| Jun 22, 2022

Chessplayers, to varying degrees, live by chess books! Those who “go their own way” and do not seek the advice and accumulated wisdom of other chessplayers, expressed in books, miss the genuine benefits of studying chess by absorbing...

Chess From 1960-1969

Chess From 1960-1969

DonMcKim
| Jun 15, 2022

Sam Copeland has written of the 1960’s that “in some ways, it was a golden age for chess” (https://www.chess.com/blog/SamCopeland/the-top-10-chess-games-of-the-1960s-and-150-honorable-mentions). He points to the stability of th...

Max Euwe

Max Euwe

DonMcKim
| Jun 8, 2022

Max Euwe (1901-1981) was an International Grandmaster (1950), World Chess Champion (1935-1937), and chess administrator. He gave himself tirelessly to promote chess throughout the world. Euwe had professional career as a teacher and remained an am...

Karlsbad 1907

Karlsbad 1907

DonMcKim
| Jun 1, 2022

International Master, Jeremy Silman, in reviewing this book, wrote that “Karlsbad 1907 is one of the best (if not THE best) tournament books ever written” (https://www.jeremysilman.com/book-review/karlsbad-1907/). Karlsbad 1907 was the...

Chess From 1950-1959

Chess From 1950-1959

DonMcKim
| May 25, 2022

Mikhail Botvinnik was the World Champion of Chess for all but one year in the decade of the 1950’s. The rise of Soviet masters was a hallmark of the decade. FIDE became an active component of the chess world in this decade. It began by FID...

Fred Reinfeld

Fred Reinfeld

DonMcKim
| May 18, 2022

Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) has been called "The Man Who Taught America Chess"--and so he was! Reinfeld was amazing. Some have called him a “genius.” He produced perhaps 260 books (with varying editions and titles). His writings includ...

300 Most Important Chess Exercises: A Review

300 Most Important Chess Exercises: A Review

DonMcKim
| May 13, 2022

Thomas Engqvist, 300 Most Important Chess Exercises. London: Batsford, 2022. 412 pgs. 9781849947510. Paper.   If you like to work through chess exercises—this may be the book for you! Engqvist is a Swedish International Master wit...

New York 1927

New York 1927

DonMcKim
| May 11, 2022

Three years after the famous New York 1924 tournament, top chess players gathered for New York 1927. But this time there were only six players. Edward Winter at https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/winter170.html Basics about the tournament ...

Chess From 1940-1949

Chess From 1940-1949

DonMcKim
| May 4, 2022

The Second World War was the dominant historical event of this period, of course. A number of prominent chess players died during the period, as victims of the war and otherwise.   For a fine assessment of the chess of this period, be sur...

1000 Checkmate Combinations: A Review

1000 Checkmate Combinations: A Review

DonMcKim
| Apr 30, 2022

  Victor Henkin. 1000 Checkmate Combinations. Trans. Jimmy Adams and Sarah Hurst. London: Batsford Chess, 2022. 9781849947251. Paper. 336 pgs.  £ 15.99 (U.K.)   When this book originally appeared in Russian in the 1970&r...

Chess Variety

Chess Variety

DonMcKim
| Apr 27, 2022

It is always fascinating to explore the world of chess! Chess embraces the world—in so many facets. The history of chess is rich and varied. The people of chess are fascinating in their accomplishments and their stories. Chess and culture ...

St. Petersburg 1914

St. Petersburg 1914

DonMcKim
| Apr 20, 2022

In 1993, Dale A. Brandreth wrote: 'St. Petersburg 1914 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest chess tournaments of all time. Not only did its competitors include most of the strongest players of the day, including the legendary chess he...

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