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  • Siamese Chess

         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

  • The German Morphy

         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

  • Cuba

    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

  • Brenzinger the Forgotten

    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

  • Free Chess Curriculum For Parents And Coaches

    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

    • My best tournament performance

      I am going to analize the 8 games of a tournament which is my best performance so far. The tournament was for players rated over 2000 only. There were 12 players per group, but I am only going to post the games against the real players because in ... | Read More

      • SkyMarshal
      • | May 25, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog X: Baden Baden 1925

      Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament Translated and Edited by Jimmy Adams Caissa Editions, 1991 382 pagesBaden Baden 1925 was the seminal tournament that convinced most of the chess world that the winner, Alexander Alekhine, would so... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | May 24, 2016
    • "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster"

      After 30 moves of suffering through a worse middlegame, I finally received my first sliver of counterplay by playing 49. Qg5. Here White is threatening Qd8+ followed by Qh4+ with perpetual check. In my mind I was thinking that any... | Read More

    • Illingworth's Interesting Endgame Examples Taught Today

      (This blog post title was brought to you by Alphabetical Aerobics's alliteration and assonance 'Artificial amateurs, aren't at all amazing' )   Before you suspect fellow GM Paul Motwani of hijacking my account today, I should share wi... | Read More

    • God's Grace And Tomorrow

      by HJS When I was a kid in school, I found myself constantly thinking about tomorrow - What I intended to do as soon as I could get out of the classroom. The young often dream of tomorrow, thinking of what they are going to do, and the old ofte... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | May 17, 2016
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Video Lessons

  • Selenus, Gustavus

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    Gustavus Selenius (1579-1666) was the author of Das Schach-oder Konig-Spiel (Chess or King-play), the earliest detailed account of living chess and the earliest German chess book, in 1616.  Gustavus Selenius was the pseudonym for August ... Read More »

  • Salvio, Alessandro

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    Alessandro Salvio (1570-1640) was a chess author from Naples, doctor, and best chess analyst of his time.  He defeated Paolo Boi in 1598 (who died three days later) and Geronimo Cascio in 1606.  He was unofficial world chess champio... Read More »

  • Fine, Reuben

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    Reuben Fine (1914-1993) was a U.S. Grandmaster (1950) and one of the best chessplayers in the U.S. in the 1930s.  He took first place in 23 of the 27 important events in his chess career.  During World War II he was employed by the Navy ... Read More »