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  • The Golden Age

         In September 1945 the proud and confident USA team suffered a humiliating, crushing defeat at the hands of the Soviet team in a 10 board, 20 game match played through a novel use of radio transmission, each set of matched contestants pl... | 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 Evans Gambit: Modern Play

    Last week, we looked at the origins of the exciting Evans Gambit. Today, let's find out how the opening has journeyed through history to modern day.  While in keeping with his style, Wilhelm Steinitz's torturous defensive method against t... | Read More

  • The Northern Gambit

    The Northern Gambit   The moves of the  Danish or Northern Gambit are 1. e4 e5  2. d4 exd4 3. c3 -   after which Black can accept the gambit with 3...dxc3 or decline it in a variety of ways. The Danish or Northern Gambit      As t... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

    • EuroTrip - Early May Edition

      This month has come to an exciting start with several strong tournaments either kicking off or winding up in the last few days! If you liked the 2004 film 'EuroTrip', you will love going around and enjoying the highlights in this post :) Now we k... | Read More

    • Pump up your rating - following 1

      I've been reading in "Pump up your rating" by IM Axel Smith, and even though some of it is hard to grasp for me right now, I do enjoy reading all of it. In the chapter about "pawn levers" Axel Smith gives various examples how Axel and Nils Grande... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 25, 2016
    • Yui Is Love #10

      Celebrating the 10th Yuiblog today! Here's to many more! Guys, guys, it's Sunday, woo! Did you know Sunday is also Yui day? Because Yui radiates as much warmth as the sun, of course! Also, because every day if Yui day, obviously! To celebrate tod... | Read More

      • bestpony
      • | Apr 17, 2016
    • Jimi Hendrix Red House Stockholm, Sweden

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      • Dadg777
      • | Apr 7, 2016
    • "Robert Fischer As He Is", an article by Alexander Kotov

      From Kotov's old book Jokingly and Seriously (1966, the article was written around 1965) Robert Fischer As He Is There was no salvation for the Black King. Doomed, he stood among the remnants of his army, still trying to fight off the attacks o... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Mar 21, 2016

  • Englund Gambit

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    The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 e5?!Black's idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen's pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn. The gambi... Read More »

  • Saemisch, Friedrich

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    Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at L... Read More »

  • 1935 in chess

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    In 1935, the magazine CHESS was founded by B.H. Wood in Sutton Coldfield. In January 1935, Isaac Kashdan and A. Kupchik tied for 1st in the Manhattan Chess Club championship.  After dividing the prize money, they played one game to decide the Cl... Read More »

  • Abbasov, Farid

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    Farid Abbasov was born in Azerbaijan on January 30, 1979.  In 1997, he took 2nd place in the European Youth Chess Championships.  He became a grandmaster in 2007.  Tournament results include: 1st at Alushta 2004; 1st at Kireevsk in 2004; 2nd a... Read More »

  • Agrest, Evgeny

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    Evgeny Agrest, born Aug 15, 1966, is a Grandmaster now living in Sweden (since 1994).  He was born in Belarus.  His FIDE rating is 2592.   In 2003, he won a game from former world champion Ponomariov when Ponomariov’s cel... Read More »