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A Fine Book on Endgames

Question: What is the best book on theoretical chess endgame positions? Answer: Reuben Fine’s “Basic Chess Endings” is an incredible manual for both fledgling and advance players. While I battled through this book as a beginner, my exertion was paid off with overall improved aptitude in the endgame. Some will feel the intermittent grammatical mistakeContinue reading “A Fine Book on Endgames”

5 ways chess can make you a better law student and lawyer

Paul Morphy was a 19th-century New Orleans chess prodigy who was the de facto world chess champion during much of his short life. He rarely lost when he played throughout Europe and the United States. He was also a lawyer who graduated from what is now Tulane Law School. As a student, he was saidContinue reading “5 ways chess can make you a better law student and lawyer”

Fatal Mistakes by Chess Grandmasters

Question: Is it possible for the chess grandmaster to make a fatal mistake? Answer: Alexander Alekhine, the strongest chess player of his time, was found dead, next to a chess board in his hotel room, on the morning of Sunday, March 24th, 1946. The cause of death was stated as “Angina pectoris, aggravated by chokingContinue reading “Fatal Mistakes by Chess Grandmasters”

My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?

José Raúl Capablanca‘s chess delivered and still creates an irresistable masterful impact. In his games an inclination towards straightforwardness prevailed, and in his seemingly effortlessness brilliance there was a one of a kind delight of veritable simplicity. Indeed, his style, one of the most perfect, most completely clear in the whole history of chess, stillContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?”

Carlsen checks out of Norway’s chess federation

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships. — Read on http://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/11/08/carlsen-checks-out-of-norways-chess-federation/

Gata Kamsky: “I wonder if my life is repeating itself.” – Perlen vom Bodensee – das Schachmagazin

As a twelve-year-old he defeated the former World Championship Candidate Mark Taimanov. That was in 1986, the onslaught of the prodigy from southwestern Siberia on the chess throne had begun. Ten years later he faced Anatoly Karpov in a match over 20 games. At stake was nothing less than the world title. Kamsky lost –Continue reading “Gata Kamsky: “I wonder if my life is repeating itself.” – Perlen vom Bodensee – das Schachmagazin”

Benko’s Great Sacrifice

Chess has a rich history full of stories that I share with my students to add extra colour to our lesson material. Below is the tale of Pal Benko’s incredible life’s journey and his great sacrifice which allowed Bobby Fischer to make history. Pal Benko was born while his Hungarian parents were vacationing in Amiens,Continue reading “Benko’s Great Sacrifice”

Shelby Lyman (1936-2019)

On Sunday August 11th, famous chess educator Shelby Lyman passed away. You didn’t have to know Shelby to be impressed by his impact on American chess. Through his students, newspaper columns and television appearances, Shelby Lyman has left us with a deep and enduring legacy. Older chess enthusiasts will remember Shelby as the chess teacherContinue reading “Shelby Lyman (1936-2019)”

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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