When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple.
Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More
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
Paul Morphy circa 1858
I had come across this blurb in an 1886 edition of the "British Chess Magazine" under the sub-title, "Foreign News" :
The estate of the late Paul Morphy was sold by auction on July 24th, and among th... | Read More
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
Professor: Happy day before Saturday, class.
Zephyr: I wanted to bring something up.
Professor: I'm fine. How are you? You couldn't wait to say "hello?"
Zephyr: Hello, Professor. Now can we talk about it?
Professor: About what?
Zephyr: Double... | Read More