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    Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

    batgirl Mar 29, 2017, 12:24 PM

         While wanting to write an introduction, putting my thoughts on the topic into words has proven to be a most difficult undertaking.   Although I predominantly scour books, newspapers...

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    Charles de Maurian: Problemist

    batgirl Oct 19, 2016, 12:40 PM

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4...

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    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...

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    Greatest Chess Minds: Wilhelm Steinitz - Part 5

    GM dbojkov Jul 19, 2011, 10:32 AM

    Once upon a time, there was a chess land with no crowned champion... but that ended in the match that takes place here. Perhaps the first ever "Isolated Queen Pawn" battle took place between Zukertort and Steinitz...

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    Dealing with Passive Queen Pawn Openings 2

    GM Shankland Mar 1, 2010, 7:41 PM

    In his second installment of the video series designed to deal with 1.d4 Sidelines, IM Sam Shankland shows us how to play as black against the Stonewall and Zukertort Opening Formations. Once again, players looking...

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    The Ruy Lopez with Black (in the hands of the Great Masters)

    kamalakanta Sep 6, 2017, 4:15 PM

    The inspiration for this blog started by observing a common theme between Zukertort and Alexandra Kosteniuk, mainly in the Closed Ruy, when White decides to attack with a pawn storm on the Kingside, gaining space...

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    A Parallel Queen's Sacrifice in Two Different Openings

    kamalakanta Aug 2, 2017, 9:13 PM

    A few months ago, I purchased Yuri Razuvaev's "Key Concepts of Gambit Play", by Quality Chess. In this book, Razuvaev explores gambit lines in different openings. Chapter 3 explores some lines in the Four Knights...

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    Power Moves!

    kamalakanta Jul 2, 2017, 8:11 PM

    Some players have power in their moves....their concepts have weight and power! They are able to deliver "hammer blows"...in some cases, it can be a sizzling combination. In others, it is the tsrength of their concept...

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