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Fastest Queen Trap Ever?

Poor Kusin managed to have his queen trapped after only four moves! This game holds the record for fastest queen trap in the history of chess and is also a really great example to show young chess players when explaining the dangers of bringing the queen out to early. [Event “Rjasan”]
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My Favorite #Chess Games: The Second Battle of Hastings

The second Battle of Hastings occurred August 17, 1895, in the tenth round of the Hastings tournament nearly 829 years after William the Duke of Normandy decisively defeated the Anglo-Saxons seven miles northwest of Hastings. In the Second Battle of Hastings, Wilhelm Steinitz conducted a beautifully planned attack which concludes with one of the greatestContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Second Battle of Hastings”

My Favorite #Chess Games: The Evergreen Game

I keep returning to the combination of artistry, complexity and romanticism that is the Evergreen Game. The freshness of ideas that occur with close analysis continues to intrigue and inspire each new generation of chess players who choose to explore this breathtaking game. In fact, the actual moves of Adolf Anderssen and Jean Dufresne areContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Evergreen Game”

My Favorite #Chess Games: The Peruvian Immortal

  “In 13 moves, Canal sacrifices both Rooks and his Queen—and then mates on his 14th move! … A man might play a million games of chess and never duplicate Canal’s feat.”- Irving Chernev   [Event “** Simultaneous”] [Site “Budapest HUN”] [Date “1934.??.??”] [Round “?”] [White “Esteban Canal”] [WhiteElo “?”] [Black “NN”] [BlackElo “?”] [ResultContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Peruvian Immortal”

Don’t Bring Your Queen Out Too Early

Here is a game I played last week against a new student that clearly illustrates the dangers of bringing the queen out too early. I gave my young opponent a three move start with the white pieces and he played 1. e4, 2. Bc4 and 3. Qh5. After blocking the attempted Scholars Mate, I developContinue reading “Don’t Bring Your Queen Out Too Early”