In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... | Read More
Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy." Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy." Few, ho... | Read More
Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904
A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida. Its proximity to the United States, the inherent beauty of the... | Read More
Francis Eugene Brenzinger has been mostly forgotten.
It's true that he wasn't even close to being a world champion contender, maybe not even a likely U.S. champion, but during his chess-playing days, he was... | Read More
Chess would be great for my kids, but where do I start?
I'd love to help start a chess program at my school, but I'm a math/science/English teacher and I know nothing about teaching chess.
I run a homeschool program with limit... | Read More