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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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‪ #DontSpoilTheEndgame‬, Petrosian vs. Korchnoi (Moscow, 1963)

This position is from Petrosian vs. Korchnoi, Moscow 1963. Viktor Korchnoi (Black) has just played 34… Rf8. Now Tigran Petrosian has serious winning chances and plays 35. Rxh6. Was this a good move?

A Friendly Rivalry: Eric Schiller VS Emory Tate

  There’s an ancient Hebrew proverb that goes something like, “The Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.” And such was the case of the rivalry between Eric Schiller and Emory Tate. So it was a very special occasion at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp when when Eric Schiller did a two-hour lesson on his three gamesContinue reading “A Friendly Rivalry: Eric Schiller VS Emory Tate”

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 Opera House Game

The Opera House Game is perhaps the most famous chess game to have ever been played. It’s title is derived from the fact that the great American chess master Paul Morphy defeated the Duke Karl of Brunswick and the Count Isouard while all the parties involved were watching Norma being performed from the box seatsContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Opera House Game”

Remembering Emory Tate on the Occasion of his Birthday

  Tomorrow, 12/27/2015, would have been Emory Tate’s 57th birthday. Emory left chess enthusiasts with so much to remember him by that he will truly never be forgotten. Below, I am sharing Emory’s account of his victory in a blindfold simul held just one week before his untimely passing. All of the colorful annotations areContinue reading “Remembering Emory Tate on the Occasion of his Birthday”

Kindred’s Special: 1945 Radio Match cont’d

   I met the colorful and brilliant tactician Al Horowitz while making several trips to the Manhattan Chess Club located at the time at the Hudson Hotel quarters while in training at Fort Dix, New Jersey…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1MJitWq

Kindred’s Special: The Radio Team Match continued

   Herman Steiner hailed from California and was a darling of the Hollywood crowd, often giving exhibitions and game play with a host of friends.  The following game provides a nice setting for the type of dynamic skill he possessed…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1Nn7pPB