Berlin 1919 Four Masters... I just found a photo

Berlin 1919 Four Masters... I just found a photo

introuble2
| 10 days ago

A follow-up of my recent blog on chess during WWI. After the Great War was over, Bernhard Kagan organized a four-player tournament in Kerkau-Palast, Berlin. It lasted from Feb 21 to 26, 1919, and Bogoljubov won with 5/6. table from TNS 3/1919,...

In the subway... from TWIC 1352

In the subway... from TWIC 1352

introuble2
| Oct 30, 2020

In the subway, at a bus-station... wherever you have to wait with your i-something, a decent web signal, but not your earphones. This was the main idea of making short voiceless chess videos of the recently played games. My first intention was t...

Capablanca's Europe tour during 1913 - 1914

Capablanca's Europe tour during 1913 - 1914

introuble2
| Aug 17, 2020

Already since July of 1913 articles appeared in the American press, informing that Jose Raoul Capablanca was employed by the Foreign Office of Cuba, so the Cuban Consulate at St. Petersburg to be staffed. A consulate that, as it was written, was n...

A few games of Robert Hubner

A few games of Robert Hubner

introuble2
| Aug 7, 2020

I've tracked his name when exploring variations of the Nimzo-Indian defense. The line 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 is called Hübner or Huebner, a variation with a closed center pawn structure. "T...

Minor pairs

Minor pairs

introuble2
| Aug 4, 2020

I don't know why but I've recently looked at the TWIC files for games where both minor pairs [bishops & knights] appear with an active part, for both sides. Rare material formation, as a minor exchange is usually the first one in a game. But e...

Vienna 1908... I just found a photo

Vienna 1908... I just found a photo

introuble2
| May 4, 2020

I just found the following photo in Das interessante Blatt of 16.04.1908. It's from the international tournament held in Vienna chess club during Mar-Apr 1908.... Click to enlarge. Says it's from Apr 11... I can't find Marshall The tourname...

The Knight's Gambit

The Knight's Gambit

introuble2
| Feb 21, 2020

No! It's not a new opening line. It rather appears in the middlegame. Nor something on Faulkner's famous novel. By the term Knight's Gambit I'm trying to name the situation where a Knight is moved and placed on an en prise by a pawn square, withou...

An early Garry Kasparov... Dortmund 1980

An early Garry Kasparov... Dortmund 1980

introuble2
| Jan 24, 2020

I was browsing through chess magazines online and tracked an article in Tidskrift för Schack [10/1980] on young then Kasparov. He had just won, at the age of 17, the 19th World Junior Chess Championship, held in Dortmund during Aug 1980. Seco...

Two games played by Palle Ravn

Two games played by Palle Ravn

introuble2
| Dec 18, 2019

I was browsing through some older issues of Norsk Sjakkblad and in 1/1958, p. 27 [in pdf], I've found the following... Not knowing Norse, my very first thought was that this Palle Ravn was some popular Norwegian actor, starring in a new chess...

The Value Of The Active King

The Value Of The Active King

introuble2
| Nov 30, 2019

The king is a strong piece – use it! A quote, attributed to Reuben Fine, that underlines the importance of King's activity, mainly regarding the endgames. But what about before? And what is this before? Endgames are mostly defined by the num...

Poisoned pawn variations

Poisoned pawn variations

introuble2
| Nov 22, 2019

Till I've looked at the following games, when I was hearing for a poisoned pawn variation, only the one of the Sicilian Najdorf was coming up. And I've found namely five! Generally, looking at them, the common pattern is an unprotected Knight's pa...