Author: anthea

The Basic Checkmates in Sand Castle Art

Do you know the basic checkmates? Knowing the basic mates is like knowing the alphabet. The alphabet of chess. I’m not going to show you all of them here in this article, but what I am going to do is show you one of them in a way so that you will never forget it. […]

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Wild West Chess Tournament in Saratoga, Wyoming

This year was the second annual Wild West Chess tournament in Saratoga, Wyoming. The only regret I had when I attended was that I had not attended the first annual Wild West Chess Tournament in Saratoga, Wyoming! I had some other thing I needed to do. From now on, no matter what else is going […]

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The Minority Attack

The minority attack in chess is a rather advanced strategic concept. But that’s ok, even if you are a kid or a beginner. First of all, you can impress your friends when you walk around talking about the minority attack. If they don’t know what it is they might just nod and pretend they do, […]

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Renaissance Festival Chess Playing Monks

Every summer Larkspur, Colorado has a Renaissance Festival which not only is a great history learning experience and a great deal of fun but which has chess playing monks who play the public. The chess tables were started by Chess Expert Richard Buchannon of Colorado Springs many years ago and is still active today. Every […]

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Legal’s Mate

Watch out for the trap of the deadly Legal’s Mate! It comes out of the Philidor defense, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 (Philidor’s) 3. Nc3 a6? 4. Bc4 Bg4 5. Nxe5! Bxd1? 6. Bxf7+ Ke7 7. Nd5# and it’s curtains! Don’t just memorize the moves though, understand the concept (good advice for any series […]

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The Mahabharata: Origins of Chess

Chess is an ancient game. There is early archeological evidence that the game was played going very far back in Ancient India. The game, or battle, Chaturanga appears in the Mahabharata, an ancient epic poem of the Kurukshetra war. This war took only eighteen days, and was between two cousin families over who was the rightful […]

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Sitzfliesh – How the Chess Clock was Invented

Once you start playing in USCF rated chess tournaments, you will most likely be using a clock.  The games are timed, so that one person isn’t allowed to “sitzfliesch,” a German word they used to use meaning to sit there and not move until your opponent practically falls over from exhaustion! That’s what used to happen in chess tournaments before […]

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Pawn Tension

When two pawns are aiming at each other that is called pawn tension. The player who breaks the tension, meaning either chooses to initiate the trade or pushes past the pawn, usually loses. The amateur is more likely to break the tension. He gets tired of thinking about it every move. Every move he has […]

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Interview With Grandmaster Fishbein

GM Alexander Fishbein (born in the Soviet Union) recently gave a Simulatneous Chess Exhibition at the Denver Chess Club out west here in Colorado. He gave an interview in which he spoke about learning chess as a child in Russia. The big secret to becoming a great chess player, he said, was studying the basics of chess with […]

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Review of HBO Documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World

The HBO documentary Bobby Fischer against the World shows the lead up to the Spassky Fischer match in which Fischer won the World Chess Title and became the first, and so far the only U.S. chess player to become world champion. It is an interesting story of obsession, the cold war, politics and the chess […]

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