Ilyin-Genevsky. The 'Lost Memory' story.

Ilyin-Genevsky. The 'Lost Memory' story.

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20 days ago

O.K. A short while ago, my friend @Spektrovski posted a great article here   The subject of Ilyin-Genvesky having to learn chess twice was mentioned in the comments. It is one of those things that always comes up when you read abo...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 14. Akiba Rubinstein.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 14. Akiba Rubinstein.

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Sep 22, 2018

Another early morning, trying to get things done, and another change of plan! The game I was going to post has recently been given elsewhere, so I will come back to it, and go with this instead. Akiba ( or Akiva) Rubinstein. A player in my all t...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 13. Sonja Graf

My Favorite Game Of. Number 13. Sonja Graf

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Aug 25, 2018

Morning everyone. So here's the story - For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to put a post together for this series, but am still trying to finish translating some game notes. My life is one long bout of time trouble! In between tim...

A Book, A Painting and A Curious Chess match.

A Book, A Painting and A Curious Chess match.

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Aug 12, 2018

A cheery 'Good Morning' to chess history lovers and any casual passers by joining me for the first time. Well, some time ago now I posted this https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/a-book-to-look-out-for  and the book in question duly ...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 12. Triple header!

My Favorite Game Of. Number 12. Triple header!

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Jul 29, 2018

A couple of posts back in this series - you can find them all by scrolling down at the bottom of the page under 'more from' and click on the Simaginfan link- someone suggested the name of Ratmir Kholmov. ( Before I forget - if you want me to pos...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 11. Adolf Anderssen.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 11. Adolf Anderssen.

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Jul 28, 2018

Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen. In my opinion possibly the most misunderstood player ever to reach the top of the Chess World. You will read - including in some posts on this site - that he was a crude tactical brawler who owed his success to his gr...

A.J.Mestel. Not Your Ordinary Grandmaster.

A.J.Mestel. Not Your Ordinary Grandmaster.

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Jul 8, 2018

A few days ago, in a post here I mentioned Jonathan Mestel. As the name will mean less than nothing to most of you, I have quickly thrown some stuff together for you to enjoy. sadly real life stuff means that a full article is out of t...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 9. Vera Menchik.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 9. Vera Menchik.

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Jul 1, 2018

In number 8 of this little series, it was suggested that I might post a favorite game by a woman player. By a coincidence, I had been looking at this week's game just a few day before. Spooky!! The wonderful Vera Menchik. A full article goes out...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 8. Vladas Mikenas.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 8. Vladas Mikenas.

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Jun 24, 2018

In the great tradition of the London bus, no posts from me for ages, then 2 come along at once!! Having done consecutive posts that look in some depth at Lasker's extraordinary qualities, I wanted to post a game that came into my head whilst sit...

The 'Lasker Exchange'. Chess Relativity Theory.

The 'Lasker Exchange'. Chess Relativity Theory.

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Jun 23, 2018

The 'Lasker Exchange' !?!? Nope, you have never heard of it, 'cos I just invented the term for this article. Whilst away braving hostile elements - Grandchildren and the British coastline - ( Black against Jon Speelman in blitz is less frighteni...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 7. Emanuel Lasker.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 7. Emanuel Lasker.

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Jun 9, 2018

Back again! As those of you who have read my favorite books post will know, Lasker's chess games have been a constant companion for many, many years. If there is anyone alive who has spent more hours than I have studying his games, the...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 6. Johannes Zukertort.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 6. Johannes Zukertort.

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Jun 3, 2018

In part 5 of this series, the name Zukertort was thrown forward , and I said it would be a tough one for me, but here goes! Zukertort is a fascinating and important player to study. Why? Because he is in many ways, the encapsulation in one playe...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 4. Louis Paulsen.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 4. Louis Paulsen.

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May 20, 2018

Well, this post might end up being a little longer than I had planned!! Hans Renette, who is FM.Like-a-Hurricane on this site, recently had an article on Paulsen published in New in Chess. He has a book on Paulsen at the editorial stage - another&...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 3. Mikhail Tal.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 3. Mikhail Tal.

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May 12, 2018

As someone who has studied just about every important chess player, I am often asked for my 'all-time lists'. You know, greatest of all time, strongest of all time, best endgame player of all time, etc. Well, I really don't do those lists!! The on...

My favorite game Of. Number 2. Paul Keres.

My favorite game Of. Number 2. Paul Keres.

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May 6, 2018

Back again! Since Number 1.  of this series only stayed visible for about 40 minutes, most people won't have spotted it, so I will do a quick 'cut and paste' of my intro there to give the idea of what I am doing. Well, the press...

'My Favorite Game Of'. Number 1. Tigran Petrosian.

'My Favorite Game Of'. Number 1. Tigran Petrosian.

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May 4, 2018

Yo everyone! Well, the pressures of work, life and grandparenthood, etc. have recently been playing havoc with the amount of time I have on my hands to put articles together. So, I have decided to change my approach for a few weeks, and start a ...

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

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Apr 22, 2018

You are quite right - that's a Sesame Street birthday cake It's exactly a year since my first tentative, and rather dismal, effort at posting something on chess.com. Your can find it here So, scratching my hairless head wondering what t...

Dance of the Knights. Gedeon Barcza.

Dance of the Knights. Gedeon Barcza.

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Apr 7, 2018

Yep. That's Nureyev! There is a piece of music that I love, by Prokofiev. Dance of the Knights, from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. While you look through the games, open another window and run the extended version as background music! You can f...

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