As a man that has many interests (UFOs, martial arts, philosophy, various forms of history [chess and non-chess], literature, art, film, music, and even criminology), I recently began reading an excellent book entitled "Shady Side: The Life and Cr... | Read More
Miles of String by Marcel Duchampfrom the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition New York 1942,
for the benefit of the French war relief societiesPhoto by John Schiff hangs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Untitled scul... | Read More
When you see a good move, don't play it. Look for a better one.
This is the number-one principle in chess. Over the years, I have also told my students:
You are trying to find the best move you can in a reasonable amount of time.
I... | Read More
About a decade ago, WilhelmThe2nd, from Chessgames.com sent me this article by Fedor Bohatirchuk about his personal memories of Efim Bogoljubov. The article, which had no accompanying pictures, is given below with some elaboration ... | Read More
In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-... | Read More