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Fred Dewhirst Yates. Some Games and Pictures.

Fred Dewhirst Yates. Some Games and Pictures.

simaginfan
| Apr 12, 2021

'Mr. Yates has left a heritage of beautiful and artistic games of which any master might well be proud'. Tartakower. 500 Master Games of Chess. A few days ago I took the liberty of posting a game of Fred Yates in the comments to someone else's b...

Bad Nauheim 1935.

Bad Nauheim 1935.

simaginfan
| Feb 28, 2021

Afternoon everyone. Blitzing this out in an afternoon, so apologies for the fact that it is not as I could have made it - real lifein present circumstances has to come ahead of my enjoying myself!! SO! In the comments to my last look at forgotte...

Another Forgotten Tournament. Hanover 1926.

Another Forgotten Tournament. Hanover 1926.

simaginfan
| Feb 15, 2021

Afternoon Everyone. Have a day off, so added one more - very quickly - to this little meander through the forgotten tournaments of chess history. As a collector of tournament books and bulletins - back in the days pre-internet when getting hold ...

Ramsgate 1929. Vera Menchik Shows Her Class.

Ramsgate 1929. Vera Menchik Shows Her Class.

simaginfan
| Nov 30, 2020

Back again, with another forgotten tournament. My friend - I am honoured to call him that - Andrey, recently posted an article https://www.chess.com/article/view/vera-menchik-the-real-life-beth-harmon   In the comments I mentioned th...

The Lasker - Tarrasch Match of 1916. A Quick Look

The Lasker - Tarrasch Match of 1916. A Quick Look

simaginfan
| Nov 15, 2020

Well, I have spent a lot of time with my head in various books, for various reasons, over the last couple of weeks! One of them is this one. I decided to share the chess content with you, as very few will have seen it. No extraneous research, ju...

The 'Pillsbury Bind'. Games Out Of My Head!

The 'Pillsbury Bind'. Games Out Of My Head!

simaginfan
| Oct 19, 2020

Afternoon Everyone. A few days ago there was an article on this site where the term 'Pillsbury Bind' was used. My memory being what it is, I forget where that was, so feel free to enlighten me! Anyway, the use of that term dragged some games out o...

Belfast 1892. A Chess Tournament and A Grumpy Bird!

Belfast 1892. A Chess Tournament and A Grumpy Bird!

simaginfan
| Oct 12, 2020

I have never considered myself to be a 'Chess Historian' What date a player was born on doesn't interest me in the least. And so on. What interests me is how that player actually played the game - particularly in the context of how chess was being...

Bird on Bird's Opening.

Bird on Bird's Opening.

simaginfan
| Sep 13, 2020

Some self indulgence today! Hopefully some of you will find it interesting. A conversation with the wonderful Hans Renette reminded me that I had done a lot of the spade work for a Henry Bird related article. Grabbing bits together to go off on ...

Early Hungarian Chess - Some Fun Stuff

Early Hungarian Chess - Some Fun Stuff

simaginfan
| Sep 5, 2020

Afternoon Everyone! Those of you who have followed my posts for a while will know that I am a big student of the great legacy of Hungarian Chess. Well, this week I managed to get my hands on a book that I have been after for - literally - de...

The Most Uncompromising Player Of All Time!?

The Most Uncompromising Player Of All Time!?

simaginfan
| Aug 2, 2020

Afternoon Everyone! Those who read my last offering will recall that originally I had planned at least two articles on this particular subject. However, real life stuff has caught up with me. This was originally slated as 'Part One'. Time perm...

Sacrifices in the Sicilian - Kupreichik Style.

Sacrifices in the Sicilian - Kupreichik Style.

simaginfan
| Jul 13, 2020

Afternoon everyone. My next posting was going to be in two parts. Whilst sorting the games for the second part I changed my mind, and ended up doing this.  Viktor Kupreichik. One of the most uncompromising players ever. My friend @Spektrows...

'The Saemisch Variation', As Played By Saemisch.

'The Saemisch Variation', As Played By Saemisch.

simaginfan
| Jul 6, 2020

Openings nomenclature is a strange thing. Often the inventors of opening ideas don't get the credit for them. ( Something that earned the displeasure of Alekhine!) Friedrich Saemisch has two major opening systems named after him. One of them was...

Jozsef Szen. The First Star of Hungarian Chess.

Jozsef Szen. The First Star of Hungarian Chess.

simaginfan
| Jun 28, 2020

Well, it's been a while since I did anything on Hungarian players - one I have always intended to get round to was Jozsef ( other version available!!  ) Szen.  In the last decade or so there have been various investigations into him - ...

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