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
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
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
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
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