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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.



    • Dizikes Does Morphy

             I had written this 7 years ago. It's a rather tedious examination of Paul Morphy under the auspices of John Dizikes.  It's probably not meant for everyone, but might be of interest to anyone with a deep interest in Morphy. ________... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jul 10, 2013
      • | 2852 views
      • | 22 comments
    • When Morphy Was a Boy

      from the "American Chess Bulletin,"  September, 1911. p. 201   When Morphy Was a Boy. A communication addressed to the Staten Islander by Silas F. Catchings, a member of the Staten Island Chess Club, has a special interest at this time. Mr. C... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jul 7, 2013
      • | 2326 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Charles de Maurian's Obituary of Paul Morphy

            As most folks interested in Paul Morphy know, Charles Amédée de Maurian had been his best friend since childhood.  Paul's father and Charles' father (also Charles) were both lawyers, judges and politicos in New Orleans and lived nea... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jul 3, 2013
      • | 2702 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Eisenberg's Gambit

            One of the oddest, yet intriguing variations in the King's Gambit Accepted is one discovered by Louis Eisenberg.              Louis R. Eisenberg      On page 293 of "Emil Kemeny: A Life in Chess,"  John Hilbert quote... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jul 1, 2013
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      • | 10 comments
    • The Bishop's Gambit: pre-1900

      The Bishop's Gambit1.e4 e5  2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4      All openings tend to get bogged down by an overabundance of theory very quickly.   The Bishop's Gambit is no exception.  Looking into the history of the gambit, I found that the pre-1900 pl... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jun 24, 2013
      • | 4575 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Morphy's Muzios

      The Muzio Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.0-0      The Muzio Gambit was quite popular during the 18th and 19th century, although it was most often employed as a tool of strong players against weaker ones.For an overview of s... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jun 17, 2013
      • | 3691 views
      • | 18 comments
    • Petrov's Defense in the King's Gambit

           In the King's Gambit (after 1.e4 e5 2.f4) there are many ways to decline the free pawn. Some are:The Classical variation: 2...Bc5Norwalde Variation 2...Qf6Panteldakis Counter Gambit 2...f5Nimzowitsch Counter Gambit  2...d5 3 exd5 c6Adel... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jun 10, 2013
      • | 3724 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Shadow Pictures of Chess Masters

           The Vienna Chess Tournament of 1898 ran from May 31 to July 25.  Tarrasch and Pillsbury ended with a tied score of 27½ - 8½.  In the play-off Tarrasch defeated Pillsbury 2½ - 1½.  The final game was a draw, after which the two men... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Jun 4, 2013
      • | 2938 views
      • | 6 comments
    • King's Gambit Talk

      — from "The Chess Players' Compendium: A Practical Guide to the Openings" By William Cook in 1907   The King's Gambit: "This opening gives birth to the most ingenious and complicated combinations that can arise in Chess." (Carl Jaenis... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | May 30, 2013
      • | 3146 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The King's Gambit, Classically Declined

           The King's Gambit has been declined at least as far back as Greco in the early 17th century. In fact, the "Oxford Companion to Chess" (OCC) claims that Polerio introduced the moves later called the Falkbeer Counter Gambit (1.e4 e5  2.f4... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | May 24, 2013
      • | 4187 views
      • | 16 comments