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         In 1945, right after WWII ended, a team of United States players competed against a team of Soviet players in a chess match via radio. While the U.S. team expected stiff competition, there was little doubt in... | Read More

  • Links to the Past II

    As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wal... | Read More

  • Blindfold Art

    Convergences: Miles of String  by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942, for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Untitled scul... | Read More

  • The Craziest Queen Moves Ever

    First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb... | 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

    • Humbled by a Grandmaster

      One of the great things about is that an ordinary, club standard player like myself can occasionally go head to head with a Grandmaster. This website's numerous online shows see professional players with sky-high ratings taking on relat... | Read More

      • thejacka1
      • | Oct 19, 2016
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    • GM Gareyev Blindfold Simul

      On Saturday, September 17, 2016, GM Timur Gareyev held a 15-board simultaneous exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, USA. I had the opportunity to play on board 15. I feel I did well, and since a few of the other players shared their games, I decided ... | Read More

      • AaronReyes
      • | Oct 13, 2016
    • Blind in many ways

      Last week I got together with a friend to do some visualization training, and we finished off by playing a game completely blindfold. No pieces, no board, no scoresheet. This was the first time I'd ever tried this, so I did not expect to do well. ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 6, 2016
    • Timur Gareyev - J. P. Hyltin Blindfold Simul Game

      These are my raw thoughts on this game, before looking anything up or analyzing with a computer.  Just what I was thinking at the time of the game.  There may be lots of analysis errors, because computers make us all look foolish.   | Read More

      • Hyltin
      • | Sep 19, 2016
    • Blindfold Simul Game vs Timur Gareyev

      Sept 17 I played in a 15 board blindfold simul by Timur Gareyev. I had white and played the King's Gambit and secured an advantage out of the opening. Unfortunately, I was positionally outplayed after that, and Timur scored a very impressive finis... | Read More

      • bwtaylor
      • | Sep 18, 2016

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  • 1930 in chess

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    On January 4, 1930, the 10th Christmas Congress ended. The Premier Section was won by Jose Capablanca (6.5), followed by Vidmar (5.5), and Yates (5). The Premier Reserves section was won by George Koltanowski and Tylor. From January 16 to Februar... Read More »

  • 1933 in chess

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    On January 6, 1933, the 13th Annual Christmas Congress in Hastings ended.  The Premier event was won by Salo Flohr of Czechoslovakia, scoring 7 out of 9 (+5 =4).  He was followed by Pirc (6.5), L. Steiner and Sultan Khan (5.5), Michell (4.5), Al... Read More »

  • Bernstein, Ossip

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    Ossip Samoilovich Bernstein (1882-1962) was a Ukrainian-born chess player born in a wealthy Jewish family.   He was born on September 20, 1882 in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). In 1901, he took up chess at the age of 19, while studying... Read More »

  • Christiansen, Larry

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    Larry Mark Christiansen, born June 27, 1956,  became an International Grandmaster without ever being an International Master first.  In 1977 he was awarded the title after winning an international tournament in Torremolinos, Spain (he to... Read More »

  • Rosenthal, Samuel

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    Samuel Rosenthal (1837-1902) was a Polish player and law student who moved from Warsaw to Paris, France in 1864 after the Polish revolution to become a professional player and writer.  In 1880, he played Zukertort in a match, but lost  w... Read More »