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  • 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

  • The Rubinstein Maneuver

    "A master cogitates carefully, perhaps a half-hour on a move. Finally, he chooses the correct square for the correct piece and places it there. A grand master is much more skillful. He hardly thinks at all; he throws the piece into the air and it ... | Read More

    • 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

    • Touching

      by HJS Long ago Isaiah wrote, "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear" (Isaiah 59:1). When someone reaches out with his hand to touch you, how do you respond? Do you pull back or respond to the warmth of... | Read More

      • JD-ex
      • | Mar 23, 2016