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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.



    • Steinitz's Memory

      STEINITZ'S GREAT MEMORY He Wins Three out of Four Games of Chess Blindfolded.      The rooms of the Manhattan Chess Club were crowded last evening with lovers of chess.  They had assembled to see Steinitz, the Austrian champion, play, blin... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | May 17, 2013
      • | 3406 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Villemson's Gambit in the KGA

           Many openings go by various names. The opening(s) we'll be looking at in this presentation not only go by many names, the situation, like gambits themselves, gets very messy, muddy and uncertain very quickly.      The title of this ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | May 11, 2013
      • | 3932 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Bertin Gambit: What Would You Give for an Attack?

           The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ and White replies with 5.... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | May 5, 2013
      • | 5255 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Combinations by the Dozen

      Below are 12 beautiful combinations from games by various players throughout time. I've incorporated the entire games but displayed them from the point where the combination seems to originate. Game 1The first game is between the Kiev champi... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 28, 2013
      • | 3355 views
      • | 29 comments
    • The Dreaded Cunningham

      Here's a rather long and involved posting on the Cunningham that I had created for another forum a while back and which I'm reposting now for anyone who might be interested in such things:       When I first started playing the King's Gambi... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 21, 2013
      • | 4833 views
      • | 15 comments
    • On Carl Schlechter . . .

            Sheenagh Pugh is an award winning poet and novelist from Wales. She also teaches creative writing at the University of Glamorgan.      Some of her published poetry books include: Prisoners of Transience Selected Poems Folk Music ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 14, 2013
      • | 3576 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Combinations

      Here are some combinations from Irving Chernev's "Combinations: The Heart of Chess."   Black resigned after White's next move:       Black resigned after White's 30th move in this deep combination: Click HERE for a fantastic combin... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 3, 2013
      • | 3291 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Teed

      Frank Melville Teed      The latter part of the nineteeth century saw many fine chess players in the New York area.  One of the best of these players was Frank Melville Teed.      Teed was born in Westchester County, N. Y. during the las... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Mar 26, 2013
      • | 2622 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Hippophobia

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      • batgirl
      • | Mar 20, 2013
      • | 2593 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Nellie Showalter Talks About Her Chess

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      • batgirl
      • | Mar 13, 2013
      • | 2944 views
      • | 8 comments