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1890 - Manchester

1890 – Manchester

The Manchester (England) Chess Club had been a prominent foundation throughout the 1800’s and was the meeting place in 1890 for the formation of a larger chess organization that consisted of 24 Cheshire and Lancashire chess clubs. In the early part of 1890, the recently reformed British Chess Association was reportedly speculating on having their Sixth Chess Congress in conjunction with the Manchester Chess Club. Debates ensued over each entity putting up half of whatever […]

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1914 - Lasker vs Tarrasch

1914 – Lasker vs Tarrasch

This game is from the infamous St. Petersburg International Chess Tournament of 1914. Then world champion, Emanuel Lasker plays fellow German and nemesis, Siegbert Tarrasch. Lasker was 45 years old at the time of this match and had convincingly defeated Tarrasch (+8 -3 =5) in a world championship match just six years earlier. The veteran Lasker would win the game and also go on to win the tournament. Tarrasch would place fourth behind Lasker and […]

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Carl Haffner's Love Of The Draw

Carl Haffner’s Love Of The Draw

Austrian author Thomas Glavinic produced a book in 1999 entitled “Carl Haffner’s Love Of The Draw”. The book is predominantly a fictional account of the 1910 match for the world chess championship between Emanuel Lasker and Carl Schlechter. The main character in theory is Schlechter, but his name has been changed to Carl Haffner for the purposes of the book. All other players (Lasker, Albin, Janowski, etc.) and accounts of the match seem to be […]

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Boris Spassky (Part 2 of 2)

Boris Spassky (Part 2 of 2)

After winning the World Chess Championship in 1969 from Tigran Petrosian, it was very apparent that there was no “rest for the weary”. The great American chess player Bobby Fischer quickly became the favorite to face Spassky for his crown and did so by winning the 1970 Interzonal and the 1971 Candidates. To this point in time, Spassky had not lost a single game against the American. Boris had won all three encounters with the […]

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Boris Spassky (Part 1 of 2)

Boris Spassky (Part 1 of 2)

Boris Vasiliyevich Spassky was born in Leningrad, Russia on January 30, 1937. He learned how to play chess when he was five years old and achieved the rank of International Master by the young age of sixteen. He was mentored in the early stages of his career by famed Soviet grandmaster Alexander Tolush. In 1955 Spassky won the World Junior Championship in Antwerp, Belgium. That same year he attained the title of International Grandmaster (the […]

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Logical Chess, Move by Move

Logical Chess, Move by Move

Logical Chess, Move by Move (Irving Chernev) – This book contains 33 well annotated chess games played by various chess masters in the years 1889 to 1945. The complexity of the games increases towards the end and the comments frequently refer back to previous games. Therefore, it is advisable to go through the games in the order they are presented, although the annotations are comprehensive enough to start with any game if you are particularly […]

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Bird Touts Morphy Over Steinitz

Bird Touts Morphy Over Steinitz

Henry Edward Bird gave an interview to the Rochester (NY) Post-Express which was printed in the New York Sun on August 30th, 1890. The topic of conversation being his match experiences against American chess legends Paul Morphy and Wilhelm Steinitz, as well as his observations, as such: “Steinitz beat me 8 to 7, with 6 draws. That was in 1867. In 1858 Morphy beat me 8 to 1, with 1 draw. Steinitz claims that he […]

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Vera Menchik

Vera Menchik

Vera Francevna Menchik (Mencikova) was born in Moscow, Russia on February 16, 1906. Her father was Czech and her mother was British. When Vera was 15, the family and she moved to England in 1921. She became affiliated with Geza Maroczy, who started coaching her in 1922. In 1923 she began participating in men’s international tournaments. FIDE established the 1st world championship for women in July, 1927, which Vera won at the age of 21 […]

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Paul Keres & Tigran Petrosian

1963 – 1st Piatigorsky Cup

Paul Keres and Tigran Petrosian shared first place honors at the First Piatigorsky Cup Chess Tournament. Touted as the biggest tournament on American soil since Dallas 1957, the tournament took place at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California from July 2nd to July 30th, 1963. The event was organized by Jacqueline Piatigorsky, the wife of famed cellist and chess enthusiast Gregor Piatigorsky. The original plan for the tournament was to have it every two […]

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1948 - New York

1948 – New York

Reuben Fine gave an impressive performance to win the 1948-49 international tournament in New York (USA). The event took place at the Manhattan Chess Club from December 23rd, 1948 to January 2nd, 1949 and oddly enough, did not take days off for either Christmas or New Year’s Day. The tournament was arranged in a spontaneous manner by the Manhattan Chess Club organizers when it was discovered that Fine, Gideon Stahlberg, Max Euwe, and Miguel Najdorf […]

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1927 - New York

1927 – New York

Jose Raul Capablanca came out victorious in one of the strongest tournaments of all time in New York from February 19th – March 23rd, 1927. The event was held at the Trade Banquet Hall of the Manhattan Square Hotel. Only Capablanca (the world champion at the time) and his strongest rivals were invited to play, with the condition that the winner would challenge Capablanca for his title. Alexander Alekhine, Aron Nimzowitsch, Milan Vidmar, Rudolf Spielmann, […]

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1883 - Mason vs Bird

1883 – Mason vs Bird

Featured below is a classic game from the sixth round of the 1883 London International tournament between legendary chess greats James Mason of Ireland and Henry Edward Bird of England. Bird would play a Sicilian Defense against his opponent’s king’s pawn opening, but severely neglected his kingside defenses and Mason would eventually take advantage. GAME SOURCE: Brooklyn Chess Chronicle 1884 – Vol.2 No.5 p.75 (Analysis by Mason)

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Bald-Headed vs Full-Haired Match (1891)

Bald-Headed vs Full-Haired Match (1891)

The New York Tribune on September 20, 1891, announced the Manhattan Chess Club had organized a curious chess contest between bald-headed members and “those blessed with full crops of hair”.  Club members were having a great deal of fun leading up to the affair, the bald participants claiming that their opposition would “not be able to touch a hair on the heads”, to which the players with full heads of hair retorted that they “will […]

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1885 - Blackburne vs Mackenzie

1885 – Blackburne vs Mackenzie

An enjoyable “Scotch Game” contested between Joseph Henry Blackburne and George Henry Mackenzie from the 1885 int’l chess tournament in Hamburg, Germany. This game was played in the second round of the tournament on July 13th, 1885.  The closely contested event was won by Blackburne (+11 -3 =3) , while Mackenzie would finish up in seventh place (+7 -4 =6). GAME SOURCE: Blackburne’s Games at Chess p.58-59. (Analysis by Blackburne)

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Wilhelm Steinitz (1837-1900)

Wilhelm Steinitz (1837-1900)

The chess world lost a legend in the truest sense of the word when Wilhelm Steinitz passed away on April 12th, 1900.  Many newspapers and periodicals throughout the world expressed their condolences in the form of published articles, past games, obituaries, etc. The New York Times brief account of his life and death in the form of an obituary is shared below, along with the 13th game (fully annotated by Steinitz himself) of his 1894 […]

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