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Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

simaginfan
| 6 days ago

Afternoon everyone. Day off today, so something quick while I have a couple of hours. Some of you may remember this offering - https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/morphy-lasker-alekhine-and-moriau-a-chess-lucky-bag  Well, the latest volum...

The Lasker Enigma. Blunders and Genius Combined.

The Lasker Enigma. Blunders and Genius Combined.

simaginfan
| Apr 12, 2022

Afternoon everyone.  Although I post about chess from the past, I keep a close eye on what is going on in the chess world, and follow current chess tournaments as they unfold online. The only thing that I have in common with Alekhine is tha...

The First Lady of Chess

The First Lady of Chess

simaginfan
| Mar 28, 2022

No, you don't know who the picture is of!! Earlier in the week I was looking through my blogs for a game that someone elsewhere mentioned, and I came across a gem of a picture which had been sent to me by my Russian friend @Spektrowski  Thi...

Svetozar Gligoric. Benoni Killer!

Svetozar Gligoric. Benoni Killer!

simaginfan
| Mar 13, 2022

Those who joined me last time round will recall that i had my head in the Benoni games in this book. Well, those pages are dominated by Gligoric - eight games in all, so I will give them here with some light notes based on his own analysis in...

The Last Round. How Tal Became A Grandmaster

The Last Round. How Tal Became A Grandmaster

simaginfan
| Feb 20, 2022

A change of plan today, because I came across the above - rather wonderful - picture, and decided to post the story around it before I forgot. Back in the 1950s and 60s, becoming a Grandmaster was no easy task. I'm not going to say that it is 'e...

Some More Umansky. Chess At The Elite Level.

Some More Umansky. Chess At The Elite Level.

simaginfan
| Dec 30, 2021

O.K.  Time to put my hand up and admit that I was wrong! Here's a thing. I am learning every day. I only really know about two things - chess and why people do and say the things they do and say. During the short period where I was able t...

G.M. Jonathan Penrose. O.B.E. A Belated Tribute.

G.M. Jonathan Penrose. O.B.E. A Belated Tribute.

simaginfan
| Dec 4, 2021

Before I begin, I will point you in the direction of two obituaries well worth reading. One by his friend, rival and team mate, the great Leonard Barden, who played a part in his most famous day. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/dec/02/jon...

McDonnell And Walker. Some Odds And Ends.

McDonnell And Walker. Some Odds And Ends.

simaginfan
| Oct 24, 2021

Last time I got into some stuff from the 1834 McDonnell - La Bourdonnais matches. Out of that a few things cropped up - plus a fine blog by my friend @kamalakanta followed shortly after. So, while they were in my head I threw this together, whilst...

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