Mephisto: AKA The Wizard of Oz...

Mephisto: AKA The Wizard of Oz...

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May 4, 2009

As I was doing some reading about a chess player (Isidor Arthur Gunsberg), I came across some interesting info that I wanted to share. I personally made up the title but it seemed to fit. As I was reading about Gunsberg the source stated that he b...

Chess Great Wanted by FBI: Norman Tweed Whitaker

Chess Great Wanted by FBI: Norman Tweed Whitaker

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Apr 13, 2009

Norman Tweed Whitaker (April 9, 1890 in Philadelphia – May 20, 1975 in Phenix City, Alabama) was an International Master ofchess. Although he did not receive his title from FIDE until 1965 (at age 75), he was awarded it based on his earlier play. ...

Phillip Stamma - No Chess Stammerer ;-)

Phillip Stamma - No Chess Stammerer ;-)

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Sep 23, 2008

    Philipp Stamma (c.1705–1755), a native of Aleppo, Syria, later resident of England and France, was a chess master and a pioneer of modern chess. Stamma was a regular at Slaughter's Coffee House in St. Martin's Lane (London), a center of 18th...

Black Magic via Rubenstein

Black Magic via Rubenstein

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Aug 7, 2008

Black Magic? A famous rook and pawn ending that seemed "hopelessly drawn", but was won by Rubinstein. The editor of the tournament book said that if this game had been played 300 years earlier, Rubinstein would have been burned at the stake fo...

Rubinstein - Chess Heritage and Memorable Games

Rubinstein - Chess Heritage and Memorable Games

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Aug 6, 2008

Chess heritage He was one of the earliest chess players to take the endgame into account when choosing and playing the opening. He was exceptionally talented in the endgame, particularly in rook endings, where he broke new ground in knowledge. J...

Chess Great - Akiba Rubinstein (Intro)

Chess Great - Akiba Rubinstein (Intro)

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Aug 4, 2008

A friend of mine has perked my interest in several different players, one of whom is Akiba Kiwelowicz Rubinstein. The following is just some research that I have found and as you know I like to share what I find.     Akiba Kiwel...

Emanuel Lasker and his influence on chess...

Emanuel Lasker and his influence on chess...

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Jul 26, 2008

Influence on chess Lasker founded no school of players who used a similar approach to the game. Max Euwe, world champion 1935-1937 and a prolific writer of chess manuals, said, "It is not possible to learn much from him. One can only stand and w...

Lasker's Later Years...

Lasker's Later Years...

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Jul 21, 2008

  Lasker in his later years   In January 1920 Lasker and José Raúl Capablancasigned an agreement to play a world championship match in 1921, noting that Capablanca was not free to play in 1920. Because of the delay...

Making Chess Interesting!!!

Making Chess Interesting!!!

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Jul 18, 2008

    Recently a friend (Dozy) of mine wrote about the top bloggers on chess.com. His post really got me to thinking about all of the great articles he has written. As a creative writing teacher he is far more qualified than I and...

Lasker - Life Outside of Chess

Lasker - Life Outside of Chess

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Jul 18, 2008

  Academic activities 1894-1918 Despite his superb playing results, chess was not Lasker's only interest. His parents recognized his intellectual talents, especially for mathematics, and sent the adolescent Emanuel to study in Berlin (wher...

Lasker Becomes World Champion

Lasker Becomes World Champion

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Jul 15, 2008

  Chess 1894-1918 Lasker then challenged reigning World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz to a match for the title. Initially Lasker wanted to play for US $5,000 a side and a match was agreed at stakes of $3,000 a side, but Steinitz agreed to a serie...

Emanuel Lasker - Early Years

Emanuel Lasker - Early Years

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Jul 11, 2008

  Early years Emanuel Lasker was born at Berlinchen in Brandenburg (now Barlinek in Poland), the son of a Jewish cantor. At the age of 11 he was sent to Berlin to study mathematics, where he lived with his brother Berthold, eight years his s...

Emanuel Lasker (Intro)

Emanuel Lasker (Intro)

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Jul 10, 2008

  I recently purchased Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker. It has since made me interested in the man here is some research I copied from wikepedia.   Emanuel Lasker (December 24, 1868 – January 11, 1941) was a German c...

John Owen - An Adversary of Morphy

John Owen - An Adversary of Morphy

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Jul 2, 2008

  Ok, I admit I put Morphy in the title to garner attention, But John Owen did play and beat Paul Morphy. Morphy is one of my favorite chess players for many reasons but while studying Morphy I find that you meet a lot of other very interesti...

Adolf Anderssen - Assessment (Conclusion)

Adolf Anderssen - Assessment (Conclusion)

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Jun 23, 2008

  Assessment Playing strength and styleAnderssen was the king of European tournaments from 1851 to early 1878, taking first prize in over half of the events in which he played. His only recorded tournament failures were a 1-game-per-round kno...

Adolf Anderssen - Later Years (Part 8)

Adolf Anderssen - Later Years (Part 8)

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Jun 23, 2008

1866-1879 By this time tournaments were becoming more frequent, and the general adoption of the round-robin format meant that the occasional lost game was not such a disaster. Anderssen took advantage of these developments to compile a very succe...

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