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  • American Woman - Part III

    batgirl Jan 18, 2017, 11:25 AM

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

  • American Woman - Part I

    batgirl Dec 21, 2016, 11:34 AM

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

  • Morphy and Music

    batgirl Jun 15, 2016, 12:09 PM

    Mrs. Morphy is renowned in the salons of New Orleans as a brilliant pianiste and musician; and her son, without ever having studied music, has a similar aptitude for it, and he believes he would have become as...

  • Cuba

    batgirl Apr 6, 2016, 11:18 AM

    Avenida de las Palmeras, Habana, ca. 1904      A large island in the Caribbean, this former Spanish colony lies just 93 miles from the state of Florida.  Its proximity to the United...

  • How Chess Saved Beethoven

    batgirl Feb 17, 2016, 11:40 AM

    A Little Background:      A man named Wolfgang von Kempelen created a supposed chess-playing machine in 1770.  A chess master cleverly concealed inside controlled the exposed turbaned,...

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  • Advanced Opening Analyses in Bughouse: The e6 - Nc6 System

    Sorsi Jan 22, 2017, 3:59 PM

    The e6 - Nc6 setup is perhaps the most complicated system in all of bughouse. There are a lot of variations to learn and I hope to cover the most important ones in this text. This is the most common position...

  • Eh... Some Reflections on 2016

    Milliern Jan 16, 2017, 1:32 PM

    I don’t blog about my reflections often, but I do reflect.  I know some of my friends mostly blog just to reflect, but I like to blog about adventures and travails more than reflections.  Anyways, here is a little...

  • Advanced Opening Analyses in Bughouse: The Leaf Gambit 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 e6

    Sorsi Jan 13, 2017, 12:02 PM

    In this post, I will do a deep analysis of the so-called Leaf gambit in bughouse, an opening characterized by the moves 1.e4 d5 2. exd5 e6. Although this is not my weapon of choice, it is a common system in bughouse...

  • Svidler on Carlsen-Karjakin, computers & more by Colin McGourty

    sontu1296 Jan 6, 2017, 8:49 AM

    There’s a week to go until the chess year kicks off in earnest on Saturday 14th January in Wijk aan Zee, with Peter Svidler commentating on the first seven rounds here on chess24. In a recent in-depth Russian interview...

  • SCC Insanity 2016

    WCM mkkuhner Jan 4, 2017, 10:16 PM

    The year's-end Insanity tournament is held only rarely, when the stars align, New Years' falls on a weekend, and the TD is willing to stay up all night.  This year's iteration featured three events:  a day-long...

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