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  • The German Morphy

         Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy."  Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy."  Few, ho... | Read More

  • Cuba

    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 States, the inherent beauty of the... | 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

  • Visions of Morphy

    Below are some of the images - photos, paintings, sketches, etchings - of Paul Morphy. Here is the earliest known image of Morphy - from 1854: from "Twice Remembered: Moments in the History of Spring Hill College" by Michael Kenny, S.J. ... | Read More

  • How Chess Saved Beethoven

    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, mustached figure and the moves... | Read More

    • Mate in 3 Puzzle, Theme: Arabian Mate

      This is a mate in 3 puzzle. The theme is 'Arabian mate'. This is an example of the Arabian mate: Black to move, checkmate in 3: Did you like this puzzle? And did you solve it? Let it know in the comment if you want. | Read More

    • Mate in 5 Puzzle, Theme: Morphy's Mate

      This is a mate in 5 puzzle, the theme is Morphy's mate. This is an example of the Morphy's mate:  The puzzle: Did you like this puzzle? And did you solve it? Let it know in the comments if you want. | Read More

    • Mate in 3 Puzzle, Theme: Boden's Mate

      This is a mate in 3 puzzle. The theme is 'Boden's mate'. This is an example of the Boden's mate:    The puzzle:  White to move, checkmate in 3: Did you like this puzzle, and did you solve it? Let it know in the comments if you want.   | Read More

    • KIMPLODES--Material! (Part 4 of 10)

      M = Material (or Materiel, if you prefer...potato/potatoe, tomato/tomtatoe, it's all lost in the dustbin of meaningless nuance, along with memories of Dan Quayle, George H. W. Bush's Vice President). Material is all about counting points, and then... | Read More

    • The Vienna Gambit

      The Vienna Game is an opening in chess that begins with the moves: e4 e5 Nc3 White's second move is less common than 2.Nf3, and is also more recent. A book reviewer wrote in the New York Times in 1888 that "since Morphy only one new opening has ... | Read More

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Video Lessons

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Evergreen Game

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    Adolf Anderssen was a great tactician and attacker, and was arguably one of the best players of his time. In this game against Dufresne in Berlin,1852, it became famous instantly after it was played. It was called the Evergreen Game by Wihelm Stei... Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »

  • Harrwitz, Daniel

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    Daniel Harrwitz (29 April 1823 – 9 January 1884) was a German master (born in Breslau, Silesia) and world’s best active player in the mid 1850s.  He played matches against Staunton, Anderssen, Lowenthal, and lost to Morphy.  He became a prof... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns Part 2

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    Have you read Chessking47's (CK47's) article named Mating Patterns? If not, please head over there and solve the puzzles. I would've have never knew this if it weren't for IM Silman! First, I left off with Legall's Mate, so I will do Morphy's Mat... Read More »