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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 […]

A “New” Napier Game (by John S. Hilbert)

A “New” Napier Game (by John S. Hilbert)

William Ewart Napier was born in England on January 17, 1881. His family soon moved to the United States, and because they did American chess has been all the richer. Napier first played correspondence chess, participating in one of the Continental Correspondence Chess Association’s preliminary sections in 1894. When his family moved to Brooklyn, Napier, then only thirteen, looked up the one man in the city who could do more for him, in terms of […]

A Classic Nimzowitsch Game

A Classic Nimzowitsch Game

Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) was born in Russia, but later made his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was considered one of the original “hypermodern” players, whose beliefs are that controlling the center squares is more important than actually occupying them. Chess Praxis and My System are two books written by Nimzowitsch that are still considered by many to be the foremost instructionals on the game of chess. The Nimzo-Indian Defense was named after him and is […]

Morphy at the Cafe de la Regence

Morphy at the Cafe de la Regence

During Paul Morphy’s famous European adventures in 1858, he made several stops at the infamous Cafe de la Regence in Paris, France. The cafe had always been an important centerpiece in chess history, as most of the previous greats had played there at one time or another. Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Legall de Kremeur, and Adolf Anderssen are just a few names to play at the famous cafe. It has also been documented that Benjamin Franklin, […]