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Nottingham 1936

Nottingham 1936

DonMcKim
| 1 day ago

The Nottingham Chess Tournament was held on August 10-28, 1936 at the University of Nottingham, England. It featured 15 players, five past, present, or future world champions: Emanuel Lasker, José Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, a...

Paul Morphy

Paul Morphy

DonMcKim
| 8 days ago

Paul Morphy (1837-1884) was an American chess player who “defeated three of Europe’s leading masters in 1858 and then retired from the game” [The Oxford Companion to Chess (1992), 263].        ...

A Romp Through the Chess Dictionary

A Romp Through the Chess Dictionary

DonMcKim
| 15 days ago

Chess has its own language. Through the centuries, a chess vocabulary has been built up. All aspects of the game are described. Chess players learn the language which becomes defined and described. A Chess Dictionary or Glossary gives precision to...

Lives of Chess Players

Lives of Chess Players

DonMcKim
| 22 days ago

We are familiar with the exploits of chess players on the chessboard. Memorable moves and great games stand out. But chess players have lives, interests, and accomplishments beyond what comes to us through their chess achievements. This Crossw...

Chess Openings

Chess Openings

DonMcKim
| 29 days ago

All chess games begin with an opening—of some type! Early on, chess players learn openings—established ways to begin a game which give prospects for success as play moves from the middlegame to the endgame. Players often gravitate to...

St. Petersburg 1909

St. Petersburg 1909

DonMcKim
| Sep 16, 2021

The St. Petersburg International Chess Tournament played from February 22-March 12, 1909 was an important chess event. It featured leading players including World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, and competitors: Rubinstein, Teichmann, Bernstein, Schlech...

Birthplaces of Chess Players

Birthplaces of Chess Players

DonMcKim
| Sep 9, 2021

Chess is an international game. Chess players inhabit the earth, being born—and dying—in all lands. Sometimes we strongly associate players with one country. But all through chess history, players have moved from place to place. It...

Chess Odds and Ends

Chess Odds and Ends

DonMcKim
| Sep 2, 2021

Chess is a great game, combining so many dimensions and with such a rich history. Before we realize it, we become acquainted with a whole new “chess vocabulary” and array of knowledge reaching out into a number of areas. Here is a Cr...

Frank J. Marshall

Frank J. Marshall

DonMcKim
| Aug 26, 2021

Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944) was a premier American chess player who had significant tournament wins and endeared himself to those who played and followed chess. “‘He dressed like a Victorian gambler and was rarely without his ascot t...

Chess Tournaments and Players

Chess Tournaments and Players

DonMcKim
| Aug 19, 2021

Chess fascinates us for a number of reasons. Competition between two players rivets our attention. Competitions on a broader scale—as in tournaments—draw our attention as a variety of players set themselves to contend with each other...

Chess Players' Occupations

Chess Players' Occupations

DonMcKim
| Aug 11, 2021

We often think of “professional” chess players. They are the big names, the most well-known persons associated with chess. Of course, compared to all the people who have—and do—play chess, the number of chess player &ldqu...

Famous Chess Players

Famous Chess Players

DonMcKim
| Aug 5, 2021

Chess is a game for everyone. Millions have and continue to play chess in many places. We know chess players who are famous, those who win tournaments and world championships. But there are many other people, who are “famous” in th...

Great Chess Matches

Great Chess Matches

DonMcKim
| Jul 29, 2021

Throughout the history of chess, chess matches have been important. They have been ways of establishing supremacy—as for the World Championship. They have established relative strengths of players against each other. Some chess matches hav...

Chess Books and Authors

Chess Books and Authors

DonMcKim
| Jul 23, 2021

Chess books are part of the lifeblood of chess! Books instruct, inspire, and help shape our chess play in many ways. Insights from books become part of our character as chess players. They help us to become better players and greatly deepen our ...

Chess Cities

Chess Cities

DonMcKim
| Jul 13, 2021

Chess is played throughout the world. Many cities have an association with chess—as a site for a chess event, relationship to a chess player, or some other link to chess or chess lore. The answers to the puzzle here are cities. Each has a ...

Fred Reinfeld: America's Chess Teacher

Fred Reinfeld: America's Chess Teacher

DonMcKim
| Oct 24, 2020

Alex Dunne, Fred Reinfeld: The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2019. Paper. $45.00.   Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) helped teach me chess. In fact, he was “the man who taught Amer...

A Fine Chess Player

A Fine Chess Player

DonMcKim
| Oct 11, 2020

A Fine Chess Player Review of Aidan Woodger, Reuben Fine: A Comprehensive Record of An American Chess Career 1929-1951. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2018 [2004]. 392 pages. Paper. $39.95.   Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a multi-...

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