Lasker-Rubinstein....Gigantic Battles!

Lasker-Rubinstein....Gigantic Battles!

kamalakanta
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Jun 3, 2019

Recently, Simaginfan reminded me of a post which he published in 2017, titled "Lasker Learns from Blackburne" https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/lasker-learns-from-blackburne It is a very good post, and it features two games: a game from 18...

1912 to 1924- Formative Years for Alekhine

1912 to 1924- Formative Years for Alekhine

kamalakanta
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May 31, 2019

1912 was a great year for Akiba Rubinstein. "Akiba Kiwelowicz Rubinstein was born on 1 December 1880 in Stawiski, Congress Poland to a Jewish family. He had several siblings, but only one sister survived to adulthood.[2][3] Rubinstein learned to...

Chigorin and Bronstein- Two Great Pioneers, Part I

Chigorin and Bronstein- Two Great Pioneers, Part I

kamalakanta
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May 21, 2019

When he was no. 2 in the world, Vladimir Kramnik said that he did not fully understand chess. This is a gigantic statement by one of the greatest players of our time! It is also a sign of great respect to chess, which is so deep and varied as to e...

" The Time Has Come to Speak of Many Things"

" The Time Has Come to Speak of Many Things"

kamalakanta
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May 10, 2019

" Weak squares, neuralgic pointsAmazing tactics, pain in your joints!Wild gambits to take the initiative,Slow maneuvers to make you pensive! Wild tactics and great imagination, Almost faster than the Earth's rotation!Wins and losses, ratings poi...

Gufeld- Irrepressible Creative Force!

Gufeld- Irrepressible Creative Force!

kamalakanta
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May 7, 2019

Intuition can be used in many ways. All of my best life-decisions have been intuitive. I also use intuition when I do music. But today intuition took another role! I have about 200 chess books in my book shelve. Today I chose a book at random, a...

What's with Over-Priced Chess Books?

What's with Over-Priced Chess Books?

kamalakanta
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May 3, 2019

 5/3/19- OK, I like Spassky, both as a player and as a person, but look at this! Really? Spassky's best games, for $371????? Here is another one (this one I own- I probably paid $30 for it)...... Wow..... Another one...

"Louis Paulsen- A Chess Biography"

"Louis Paulsen- A Chess Biography"

kamalakanta
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Apr 22, 2019

Today I received a copy of a newly published book: "Louis Paulsen- A Chess Biography". This book is more than a masterpiece; it is immortal.I know this is high praise, but I cannot find one weakness, and indeed I find many great virtues. ...

PLAY LIKE A GIRL!

PLAY LIKE A GIRL!

kamalakanta
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Mar 25, 2019

I will make a bold statement: women are NOT weaker than men at chess. I know this will draw a lot of ire from all kinds of people, some well meaning, others willing to troll. I am not a scientist; I am a chess player and musician. So do not expe...

Dog Eats Bunny! My OTB Game Against a Polish GM!

Dog Eats Bunny! My OTB Game Against a Polish GM!

kamalakanta
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Mar 15, 2019

Chess can be very embarrassing! In that respect it is very similar to music. You play a wrong note, and EVERYONE hears it. You are completely exposed, and the whole world can judge your performance. Recently I went to Iceland for vacation, and t...

Rubinstein and Botvinnik learn from Chigorin

Rubinstein and Botvinnik learn from Chigorin

kamalakanta
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Jan 27, 2019

"Grandmasters steal from each other. Most do not want to admit it." (GM David Bronstein paraphrase) Indeed, I read something along those lines in one of David Bronstein's books, either the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" or "Secret Notes". Both are grea...

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

kamalakanta
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Jan 15, 2019

Looking for inspiration, to see if I play in the Icelandic Chess Club Championship at the end of February, I find myself looking at Gufeld's games.... And then I found this jewel! I know, I know, beauty is a subjective thing....but when I went...

Courage- The Essential Element in Chess

Courage- The Essential Element in Chess

kamalakanta
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Jan 8, 2019

The following game shows two warriors going at it- from the first few moves, no compromise, but an adventure, a quest, and a question- who will win this battle? It was my favorite player, David Bronstein, who stated: "Chess is not a battle of id...

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