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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.



    • What's So Great About Paul Morphy Anyway?

             The easiest way to establish an argument is to formulate your conclusion and then emphasize all the supporting data, de-emphasize or ignore all the contradicting data, and feed the results to an audience predisposed to your way of th... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 25, 2012
      • | 6297 views
      • | 26 comments
    • Morphy Quotes

      Quotes About Morphy   Adolf AnderssenI consider Mr. Morphy the finest chess player who ever existed. He is far superior to any now living, and would doubtless have beaten Labourdonnais himself. In all his games with me, he has not only played,... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 21, 2012
      • | 3087 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Wordsworth

           I had a brief, though quite interesting, exchange with a gentleman not long ago. It started with a query concerning Louisa Matilda Ballard Fagan, the Italian born English chess player who scored 2nd in the Ladies' International Chess Co... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 14, 2012
      • | 3319 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Frank Marshall Photomontage

        Frank James Marshallborn August 10, 1877 1893 Frank and Caroline Marshall, date uncertain, probably 1905 Frank Marshall vs  Siegbert Tarrasch, 1905 Frank Marshall posing with Emanuel Lasker, 1907 Frank, Caroline and Frank,... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 9, 2012
      • | 4621 views
      • | 17 comments
    • Adolf and Annie

      This little anecdote involving the great Adolf Anderssen came from a 1940 issue of "Chess Review."   The editor claimed it was taken from "Falkbeer's Memoirs."    I'm not aware of any memoire by Ernst Falkbeer in book form, so I am assuming i... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 5, 2012
      • | 2654 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Doazan on Morphy

           One of Morphy's acquaintances in Paris was Gabriel-Éloy Doazan. They were seemingly close since on his return trip to Paris in 1863, Morphy, who had renounced public chess, played only privately at the homes of Arnous de Rivière and G.... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Oct 2, 2012
      • | 2601 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Hooper on Lawson

      Below is a reproduction of his review of David Lawson's "Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess." | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 29, 2012
      • | 3064 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Paul Morphy's Personal Chess Set

      "Chess Life," Aug, 5, 1954      The lady who first owned Paul Morphy's personal chess set was Morphys' friend, Léona Queyrouze who, in her essay, the First and Last Days of Paul Morphy, wrote:      "But on the marble table stood the... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 23, 2012
      • | 4399 views
      • | 18 comments
    • About Women and Chess

       ver the years I've tried to examine and present chess' many aspects. I've always felt that chess and it's surrounding culture far transcends the  champions, great players, and classic games.  Most of the lesser aspects, usually the more inter... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 13, 2012
      • | 4766 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Living Speed Chess

           Charles Jaffe was a strong professional player in New York chess during the first half of the 20th century. In 1907 he beat Jacques Meises 2-0 in match play, but lost to Marshall in 1909 3.5-5.5.  In 1916, he lost to Janowski by just on... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 8, 2012
      • | 2983 views
      • | 6 comments