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  • benws
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  • Blunderless

    benws May 27, 2013, 8:58 PM

    According to a fairly trustworthy source: "Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (November 2, 1854 – May 2, 1930) was a chess player, best known for narrowly losing the 1891 World Chess Championship match to Wilhelm Steinitz." "In...

  • Third Brilliancy Prize

    benws Apr 3, 2013, 8:25 PM

    Here is something you don't see very often... On the 17th move of the game, Tartakower decides to sacrifice his rook for a few pawns. Although his attack seems to go nowhere, he then calmly completes his development....

  • Flair and Prowess

    benws Feb 17, 2013, 8:54 PM

    I haven't featured a Karpov game in quite a while, so here goes... On his eleventh move, his opponent (Velimirovic) either decides to sacrifice his queen or commits an oversight. Still, there is work to be done...

  • Ringed Knight

    benws Jan 11, 2013, 5:50 PM

    Have you ever played a chess game with a "ringed piece"? In these games, "a ring or band is placed around a particular piece, and the player giving odds must checkmate with that piece" (Source: Wikipedia). The following...

  • Crossing the Ford

    benws Nov 22, 2012, 8:58 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! This very interesting game features an unexpected series of sacrifices that culminate in mate. Blackburne always seems to one up his sleeve at every crucial junction in the game. Each time,...

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  • Years

    benws Oct 5, 2010, 7:46 PM

    When I logged into the site today, I was surprised to get a notification that I had received a trophy. Since I usually don't get trophies nowadays, I wondered what it could possibly be for. Then I realized that...

  • Highlights of a Career

    benws Aug 23, 2010, 7:56 PM

    A funny thing happened today on I logged onto the site, as I always do every day. Everything looked normal, until I saw something very strange. Here's the screenshot of what I saw: Well, I guess that...

  • Comments on a Vacation

    benws Dec 23, 2008, 5:12 PM

    Hey guys, sorry I haven't been on lately. This seems to have had a negative effect. Even a staff member says the amount of contributions have gone down without me. Which makes me feel like he's insane... Anyway,...

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  • 2010 Holiday Puzzler Answers and Winners

    SonofPearl Jan 1, 2011, 10:14 AM

    How well did you do in the 2010 Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? Despite the questions being harder this year,...

  • 2009 Holiday Puzzler Answers And Winners

    SonofPearl Jan 2, 2010, 4:44 AM

    So how well did you do in the 2009 Holiday Puzzler? There were 20 chess related questions, and a total of 32 marks to earn, but how many did you answer correctly? The standard of entries was extremely...

  • Adams Wins 2008 Staunton Memorial

    benws Aug 18, 2008, 4:25 PM

    The final round of the 2008 Staunton Memorial was pretty much unexciting as Michael Adams drew with his opponent Loek Van Wely in just 15 moves to take his second straight Staunton Memorial by half a point.  Quiet...

  • Ivanchuck takes M-Tel Masters 2008

    benws May 18, 2008, 10:02 AM

     After 4 straight draws, Vassily Ivanchuck (cartoon pictured!) won his last round game against Ivan Cheparinov to take the M-Tel Masters tournament by 1.5 points. Topalov tried his best to beat Radjabov, but...


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