A.J.Mestel. Not Your Ordinary Grandmaster.

A.J.Mestel. Not Your Ordinary Grandmaster.

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10 days ago

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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17 days ago

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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24 days ago

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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25 days ago

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...

Emanuel Lasker's Letter to Chess.

Emanuel Lasker's Letter to Chess.

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Mar 23, 2018

Morning everyone! Well, this is going to be a strange little post! A fascinating article  by my young friend Toucanchess,  https://www.chess.com/blog/toucanchess/chess-the-art-of-war  elicited a comment from me about Lasker'...

The Bishop Sacrifice on h7. A Forgotten Gem.

The Bishop Sacrifice on h7. A Forgotten Gem.

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Mar 16, 2018

Well, it's 5-00 a.m. here, and my body clock has dragged me out of bed for work - even though it's Saturday! I have another couple of posts that I am working on, but thought that whilst I am up and about I would throw this together before I forget...

Why 'Simaginfan'?

Why 'Simaginfan'?

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Mar 11, 2018

Afternoon everyone! This post came about to answer those who ask about my user name. Before I go any further, you can find an excellent post here -  https://www.chess.com/blog/kamalakanta/vladimir-simagin-a-forgotten-hero  It gives...

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