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Le blog de la Batgirl

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This blog, like most of what I write, focuses on the historical and cultural aspects of chess - with a few rants thrown in for good measure.

I don't accept friend requests; I don't play chess here; and I don't generally respond to notes, but I will respond to messages if they seem to have a purpose other than meaningless chat.  I'm only mentioning this so everyone knows there's nothing personal in my lack of response to any of the above.



    • Harmonist and Much More

           Berlin in the 1880s introduced to us a group of fantastic chess players who would soon help shape the history of the game.     In "Reflections Suggested by the Monte Carlo Tourney" by Emmanuel Lasker, published in "Checkmate," Feb. 1... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 25, 2012
      • | 3097 views
      • | 3 comments
    • A Chessboard for the Blind

            Sight isn't necessary to play chess.  Many sighted players strive to become proficient at playing without using their eyes.  Visually handicapped players don't have an option and, in fact, for the most part have been saddled with using... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 22, 2012
      • | 8497 views
      • | 30 comments
    • Siamese Chess

      In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying he American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-playing, phenomenon. Chang and... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 15, 2012
      • | 4928 views
      • | 5 comments
    • The Childhood of Russian Chess, Pt. V

                    Part I                           Part II                           Part III                         Part IV Related Posting(s):     Petroff         Emmanuel Schiffers  ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 8, 2012
      • | 4617 views
      • | 8 comments
    • The Childhood of Russian Chess, Pt. IV

                   Part I                           Part II                           Part III                         Part V Related Posting(s):     Petroff            Not a lot can be sa... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 1, 2012
      • | 4624 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Prince Galitzin

           In The Exploits and Triumphs in Europe of Paul Morphy, Frederick Edge wrote:                          One night, after the day's battle was over, Morphy and I                      were sitting... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Mar 25, 2012
      • | 2858 views
      • | 9 comments
    • The Childhood of Russian Chess, Pt. III

                   Part I                           Part II                           Part IV                         Part V Related Posting(s):     Petroff    In 1584, Ivan the Terrible died of a ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Mar 18, 2012
      • | 5003 views
      • | 8 comments
    • The Childhood of Russian Chess, Pt. II

                     Part I                           Part III                           Part IV                         Part V Related Posting(s):     Petroff           Before proceedin... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Mar 11, 2012
      • | 5390 views
      • | 16 comments
    • The Childhood of Russian Chess, Pt. I

                     Part II                           Part III                           Part IV                         Part V Related Posting(s):     Petroff           Mikhail Tschigo... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Mar 4, 2012
      • | 6694 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Prince Dadian Games, Pt. VII

      I recently came across some games of Prince Andrei Dadian of Mingrelia that I hadn't seen in any database.  I had published some of them elsewhere, but wanted to put them all into this series. This part will show some games played by Prince Dad... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Feb 26, 2012
      • | 4335 views
      • | 6 comments