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  • Notation

    batgirl Sep 30, 2015, 11:32 AM

    "At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of...

  • After There Were Books . . .

    batgirl Oct 25, 2013, 1:39 PM

         This article came about in a most curious fashion.  I was looking deeply into the "celebrated" (as George Walker called it in 1838) La Bourdonnais - M'Donnell match of 1834. This sniffing around led me into...

  • The Queen of Chess

    batgirl Aug 4, 2013, 2:13 PM

          Most people even remotely interested in 19th century chess know about Mrs. John W. Gilbert and her extremely long announced mates. What seems to be less appreciated today is the sheer strength of this lady...

  • "200 Open Games" by David Bronstein

    GM BryanSmith Apr 17, 2013, 11:07 AM

    This week I will be reviewing a unique book - 200 Open Games, by the former "Vice-World Champion", David Bronstein. Rather than fully annotated games, this book presents 200 short vignettes, each followed by an...

  • SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises - November 2012

    IM IM_JeroenBosch Nov 6, 2012, 2:44 AM

    SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW AN SOS CAN SHOCK AND CONFUSE! Every month, the editor of the SOS Secrets of Opening Surprises book series, IM Jeroen Bosch, annotates a game which was recently played with an SOS-variation. SOS...

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  • Starfleet Academy's Vote Chess!

    CaptainPike Feb 21, 2016, 9:47 PM

    Starfleet, we are doing very well in vote chess; with our win rate increasing over the past 17 months by 5%. Well done; and thank you to everyone who participates. Nonetheless, I do see some old habits creeping...

  • How to post puzzles

    I-eat-guini-pigs Nov 5, 2013, 8:02 AM

    Ok well I have gotten a couple of requests to teach them how to post puzzles, diagrams, and games and I thought I would share that with everyone here, since that is what we do here  Our first product is the Diagram...

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