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  • Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess?

    In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o... | Read More

  • Brenzinger the Forgotten

    Francis Eugene Brenzinger has been mostly forgotten.        It's true that he wasn't even close to being a world champion contender, maybe not even a likely U.S. champion, but during his chess-playing days, he was... | Read More

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Old Age, Great Chess!

    After I learned how to play chess (age 12), I jumped into the game head first by playing in a chess tournament (even though I didn’t know the difference between checkmate and stalemate). Let’s just say that I was absolutely awful. Wi... | Read More

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia.  Like Tal, Ozols was... | Read More

    • Campionato europeo femminile 2016 (speriamo bene...)

      — Il Campionato europeo individuale femminile 2016 di scacchi si terrà a Mamaia, in Romania, dal 27 maggio al 7 giugno pp.vv. Il sito web dell’evento è: http://ecuwomen2016.ro. Ma il sito di riferimento vero e proprio è allo stato attua... | Read More

      • Sentenzio
      • | May 9, 2016
    • National Club Championships: Board Orders

      Gonzaga - Average rating: 2277 1 Sabestian Maze 2577 2 Sam Collins 2439 3 Conor O'Donnell 2306 4 Killian Delaney 2108 5 Gordon Freeman 2109 6 David Murray 2124 7 Carl Jackson 2073 8 Henry Li 2051 Trinity - Average rating: 2053 1 Tim Harding 1907... | Read More

      • ICU
      • | Apr 16, 2016
    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog IV: Karlsbad 1907

      Karlsbad 1907 International Chess TournamentBy Georg Marco and Carl SchlechterTranslated from the German by Robert SherwoodEdited by Dale BrandrethAnalysis checked by Robert Sherwood and RybkaCaissa Editions, 2007451 pagesKarlsbad, 1907 is long re... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 11, 2016
    • The One Who Lifts You Up

      by HJS Karl Crowe tells the story: A missionary Bible translator came across a portion of Scripture that had already been translated into the language she was working on. She noticed that the word idinide had been used for the English word Sav... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Apr 1, 2016
    • Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl/ Count Isouard

        I had such a fun time looking at Botvinnik vs Capablanca yesterday, that I decided to make a series about famous games. Today's famous game is Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl/Count Isouard.   This game has a very interesting story to go along with ... | Read More