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  • Chess is (anything but) fun Opening Series #1: The Birds

    The only photo in this blog is courtesy of Joseph_Truelson. Also, notice that all quotes in this blog are slightly altered (If they aren't, then I will mention it). And by "slightly altered", it is what I determine...

  • "The Old Cook"

      Konstantin   Georgiyevich  Paustovsky   “The Old Cook”     In one winter’s evening of 1786 in outskirts of Vienna, in a little wood house the blind old man was dying – the former cook of countess Toon. In...

  • M. Rouzeau -N. Bellon 0-1, For the Birds

    I'm not a big fan of the Bird's Opening (1.f4) for White as I feel it makes life easy for Black who has many flexible responses (1...Nf6, ...d5, etc.).  Here, I replied with 1...b6, a favorite of mine against anything...

  • Boris Spassky 2016 interview

    This interview was conducted by Yuri Golyshak and Sergei Kruzhkov for their column Friday Talk in the Sport-Express newspaper in early 2016. Heading photo was taken during that interview.   The tenth world champion...

  • Good Luck or Good Skill?: FIDE Junior Invitational Rounds 6-7

    "I'd rather have good luck than good skill"- Joseph Truelson I can be heard saying this at many tournament, as many of you may have observed. Add that to my list of many other odd quotes: "We do not live in a world...

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