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    Mementos of Morphy

    batgirl Aug 5, 2015, 11:30 AM

    Paul Morphy circa 1858      I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :      The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on...

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    Almost a Champion

    batgirl Jul 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

         To the chess-players of England the 18th century was just a fading memory.  Philidor had died and Verdoni, a man with a forgotten first name, took up his reins as professional at Parsloe's in London until he...

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    Women In Chess: Be Aggressive

    GM Gserper Apr 30, 2015, 1:59 AM

    The recent Women's World Championship was a fascinating event. You could find everything we love about chess competitions: neat combinations, unpredictable results (will we ever forget Natalia Pogonina's amazing...

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    "'300" Chess Quote

    TadrodderTots Jun 19, 2017, 5:41 AM

    300 provides a reasonably decent analogy:  Arcadians as Patzers._They [Patzers]shout and curse , stabbing wildly; more brawlers than warriors. They make a wondrous mess of things. Brave amateurs.  They do their...

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    Understanding Imbalances

    Sengdao Jun 12, 2017, 4:21 PM

    As an amateur player, I always struggled to comprehend lessons when chess teachers or commentators applied the word "imbalance". And by amateur, I mean I'm still an amateur. You know, who wouldn't want to rock that...

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    Introducing My Over the Hill Blog

    WhackDot Jun 6, 2017, 7:08 AM

    Chess seems to be a sport for the young. Records are kept on the youngest players to make the title of master, International Master, Grandmaster. Nobody keeps records on the opposite side of the spectrum. Who was...

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