Janowski-Winawer (1897 Berlin)

Janowski-Winawer (1897 Berlin)

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Mar 3, 2013

The late 1800's provided us with many great chess games and novelties from several underrated players of that era.   Many of these games have been forgotten or simply never seen by chess enthusiasts of today. The game below was played between Dav...

Blackburne Calls Chess "A Vice"

Blackburne Calls Chess "A Vice"

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Feb 16, 2013

Joseph Henry Blackburne (a.k.a "The Black Death"), the renowned English chess champion in the late 1800s to early 1900s, gave an interesting interview shortly after his match with German master Curt von Bardeleben in 1895.  The content of the inte...

Vera Menchik (1906-1944)

Vera Menchik (1906-1944)

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May 21, 2008

Vera Francevna Menchik (Mencikova) was born in Moscow, Russia on February 16, 1906. Her father was Czech and her mother was British.  When Vera was 15, the family and she moved to England in 1921.  She became affiliated with Geza Maroczy...

Sam Loyd - "Chess Puzzle Master"

Sam Loyd - "Chess Puzzle Master"

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May 16, 2008

Sam Loyd (January 31, 1841-April 10, 1911) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA).  He spent most of his childhood in New York, where he played chess and developed a fascination for solving complicated chess problems. He had one of his firs...

Showalter-Pillsbury 1897

Showalter-Pillsbury 1897

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May 14, 2008

Jackson Whipps Showalter was the reigning United States chess champion in 1897 when he extended a challenge to up and coming phenom Harry Nelson Pillsbury.  The match stipulations were that the first player to win seven games (draws not count...

Paul Morphy Spoof From 1858

Paul Morphy Spoof From 1858

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May 12, 2008

I came across this hilarious article from an old Harper’s Weekly magazine.  It portrays Paul Morphy as “Jack the Giant-Killer” and gives a spoof on his adventures in Europe in 1858.  Fair warning, fans of Staunton may n...

Herceg-Novi 1970

Herceg-Novi 1970

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May 9, 2008

The Herceg Novi Blitz Tournament of 1970 was the greatest speed tournament of the 20th century. Four world champions competed in the tournament and Bobby Fischer finished 4 ½ points ahead of the second place finisher, Mikhail...

Chess Trivia

Chess Trivia

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May 7, 2008

Can you name the two players sitting at the table?  The year and location of this photograph?   For More Chess History, www.rookhouse.com www.rookhouse.com/blog  

Steinitz vs “Allies” - 1892

Steinitz vs “Allies” - 1892

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May 5, 2008

 John Finan Barry was a great American chess player from Boston, who once challenged Jackson W. Showalter for the U.S. Championship (losing -7 +2 =4) in 1896.  Mr. Barry was also an excellent chess columnist and a true ambassador to...

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