Charles Roth MPC
A Free 700-Page Chess Manual Explains 1,000 Chess Tactics in Plain English


In 2011, Ward Farnsworth published a two-volume collection called Predator At The Chessboard: A Field Guide To Chess Tactics (Volume 1 - Volume 2) where he explains countless chess tactics in plain English.

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Thank you !
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I'm having some chess related reading lately, mostly novels taking place in the chess environment in one way or another.
In particular, I've enjoyed this Italian book
Pessima mossa, Maestro Petrosi - Paolo Fiorelli


È una calda mattina di giugno a Urbavia, amabile cittadina del Centro Italia che vanta una ...

Currently I'm on this one:

Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine [David Edmonds, John Eidinow] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point


Bobby Fischer Va Alla Guerra è un libro di Edmonds David, Eidinow John edito da Garzanti Libri: puoi acquistarlo sul sito, la grande libreria online.
Bobby Fischer Goes To War - Edmonds David; Eidinow John - Perennial - Libro -
Mi pare di aver letto che Urbavia sia una fusione di Urbino e Pavia, due città in cui l'autore vive o ha vissuto...
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Ci ho provato  ;-)
Invece uno libro che non mi è piaciuto è questo
The Flanders Panel - Wikipedia
The Flanders Panel (original Spanish title La tabla de Flandes) is a novel written by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte in 1990, telling of a mystery hidden in an art masterpiece spanning from the 15th century to the present day. Julia, an art restorer and evaluator living in Madrid, discovers a painted-over message on a 1471 Flemish masterpiece...
Morphy's Opera House Game

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Morphy's Opera House Game (5:06 min)
by MatoJelic on YouTube
Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl (Paris 1858)

The chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Karl II, Duke of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Comte Isouard de Vauvenargues, is among the most famous of chess games. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to teach the importance of rapid development of one's pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other chess concepts. The game is sometimes called "The Opera Game" or "A Night at the Opera" (French: Partie de l'opéra).

On several occasions, the Duke invited Morphy to the Italian Opera House in Paris, Salle Le Peletier, where the former kept a private box which was, according to Morphy's associate Frederick Edge, so close to the stage that one "might kiss the prima donna without any trouble", and which always contained a chess set, the Duke being a keen player as well as an opera lover.

Morphy was extremely fond of music and opera and was eager to see Norma, which played on his first visit. Unfortunately, his host had seen Norma countless times, and Morphy found himself forced to play chess, even seated with his back to the stage.

As the game progressed, the two allies conferred loudly enough with each other, debating their moves against the American genius, that it attracted the attention of the opera performers. Madame Penco, who had the role of the Druidic priestess in Norma, kept looking into the Duke's box, to see what all the fuss was about, even as she was performing the opera. Then the performers who were the Druids, marched about, "chanting fire and bloodshed against the Roman host, who, they appeared to think, were in the Duke's box", Edge recounted.

It is doubtful if the distracted opera singers had a good enough view of what was going on.[clarification needed] Comically, Morphy created this brilliant game while spending his time trying to overcome his blocked view of the opera, while the performers tried to catch glimpses of what was going on in the Duke's box.

Norma was performed at the Italiens de Paris on 21 October 1858, with Rosina Penco in the title role, L. Graziani as Pollione and Cambardi as Adalgise.[1] Some commentators would rather have the chess game taking place with The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, or else The Marriage of Figaro on stage.[2]

Morphy versus the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard

Edit: added some history about circumstances
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Sacrifices Are Everywhere! Aronian vs Navara
by Suren on YouTube


Levon Aronian vs David Navara 2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz Queen's Indian Defense 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8...
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2017 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz: Day 1


Garry Kasparov returns at the inaugural Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, the fourth leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. Today is the first of three days of rapid play. Join GMs Yasser Seirawan, Cristian Chirila, Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jen Shahade for the move-by-move

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament takes place 14th to 19th August 2017. Two time controls rapid 25 minutes with a 10 second delay each move and blitz 5 minutes with a 3 second delay. Garry Kasparov plays for the first time since the 2016 Ultimate Blitz Challenge. Players: Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Lenier Dominguez and Garry Kasparov.

The Week in Chess
Andrew Manning
Is anyone able to help test the updated Chess plugin? You need a hub running dev branch, since I just merged all the updates into the hubzilla-addons dev branch. I could provide some temporary beta tester channels on for those without access to a hub running dev.

Some items to test:

  • Game interface usability across screen sizes
  • Stalemate
  • Checkmate
  • En passant capture

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@The passed pawn Inn+
Anyway, it seems to work great.
I will play some games with a friend and will give you feedback then concerning your 4 points. May take however a while.
so far i can say this:
Rochade moves work too!
The mobile view works, but its not easy because of the overlaps of the side window and firefox oftens me to "save the image" (of the board), instead of moving the figure.
I will try to test the other points in the games too.
Thanks anyway for this great improvement Andrew! ??
Andrew Manning
Hey great glad you enjoy it :-)
What's you approach to chess?

The passed pawn Inn
 New Castle 

Hi all, I have a question, or more precisely some questions on the same subject, for you all.

How is your chess knowledge? Didi you study something at some point? Do you have any sort of preparation on openings/middlegame/endgame?
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I've just finished reading an article on the youngest Italian FM, Raffaele Buonanno on a paper magazine (hey paper magazines still exist ;).
But for you here's a web page (in Italian, sorry)
Raffaele Buonanno è il più giovane Maestro Fide italiano di tutti i tempi! | A.D. Scacchistica Partenopea


Giocando lo scorso 17 Aprile il Festival di Montesilvano Raffaele superava in live rating i 2300 punti Elo, acquisendo a 12 anni il titolo di FM – Fide Master. La FIDE ha ratificato il titolo con la emissione nelle liste di Maggio. Con immensa gioia mi trovo a scrivere di questo giovane ragazzo che ho seguito da vicino fin da bambino mentre facev...

He says he has had no teachers, and he is self-tought.
Lord Warden of the Parlementum Server
 On the riverbank (Map) 

Christian And Muslim Playing Chess
Book of chess dice and tables,1283, Library of monastery of S Lorenzo del Escorial
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I have a nice book about chess in history and art, but I lent it to a friend. This made me remember I have to ask it back :)
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white (Christian) is losing here ;)
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He is losing here, indeed ;)

I've found artistic and historical information about the picture:

The King is Dead, Long Live the Game; page 504-506

Libro de los juegos
@Maria Karlsen hey I've just realised that you (almost) share your surname with the current world chess champion!
Magnus Carlsen - Wikipedia


Magnus Carlsen (Tønsberg, 30 novembre 1990) è uno scacchista norvegese, attuale campione del mondo. È diventato Grande maestro nel 2004, all'età di 13 anni, 4 mesi e 27 giorni, il terzo più giovane scacchista della storia ad aver raggiunto questo titolo. È stato definito "il Mozart degli scacchi" per il precocissimo talento e per l'apparente ...

I hope you use a different hair dresser, thogh...

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Maria Karlsen
It's a common norvegian surname so not so strange:-)
Chess and Beauty

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An absolutely beautiful outrageous chess game finish! : Saalbach vs Pollmaecher : Leipzig (1861)
by kingscrusher on YouTube

Thank you for sharing to Vengeur Masqué
Chess got zot


The Trompowsky Attack is a chess opening that begins with the moves:

    1. d4 Nf6
    2. Bg5

The opening is named after the one-time Brazilian champion Octávio Trompowsky (1897–1984) who played it in the 1930s and 1940s. The Trompowsky has also been called The Zot.
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I wish I had the skills to understand it all...
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Chess is a wonderful idea for children in the school !

Chess in the Schools alumni will:

  • Be analytic thinkers
  • Be motivated learners
  • Be critical problem solvers
  • Think before they move
  • Take pride in their accomplishments
  • Be graceful winners AND losers

What's Wrong With This Picture??

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I would like to return to badgirl (see here)

Recently she released a nice post :

What's Wrong With This Picture??

Frank Marshall gave a lecture at the Marshall Club in February of 1943. The demonstration board in the background was used during the lecture.  Afterwards the 65 year old master played a 24 board simul, winning 20, drawing 4.

But there's something wrong with this picture (besides the jumbled pieces on the foremost board).

Can anyone find what is wrong and offer an explanation for it?

The solution you can find here
See post 2 and 20 for the "official" explanation.
But what do you say about post 32 ?!


#chess #question #badgirl
ok passed pawn, now your comment got here too, with a considerable lag. And you and I are on the same hub...
James Lamentus
puoi usare :

delivery report

e le "code in uscita" che vedi però nella parte di amministrazione.

probabilmente era in coda, mezzo bloccato, e alla fine è uscito, non penso faccia differenza ( come ad es. succede in diaspora dove però si corre veramente il rischio di non ricevere qualcosa se si è in un altro sito-pod  quando c'è un blocco  in coda) se si è o meno nello stesso hub, non penso ci sia una 'precedenza per lo stesso hub' quando si parla di 'code in uscita' in hubzilla ( e neanche in friendica).
grazie :)
Ajedrez - Jorge Luís Borges

En su grave rincón, los jugadores
rigen las lentas piezas. El tablero
los demora hasta el alba en su severo
ámbito en que se odian dos colores.

Adentro irradian mágicos rigores
las formas: torre homérica, ligero
caballo, armada reina, rey postrero,
oblicuo alfil y peones agresores.

Cuando los jugadores se hayan ido,
cuando el tiempo los haya consumido,
ciertamente no habrá cesado el rito.

En el Oriente se encendió esta guerra
cuyo anfiteatro es hoy toda la Tierra.
Como el otro, este juego es infinito.

Tenue rey, sesgo alfil, encarnizada
reina, torre directa y peón ladino
sobre lo negro y blanco del camino
buscan y libran su batalla armada.

No saben que la mano señalada
del jugador gobierna su destino,
no saben que un rigor adamantino
sujeta su albedrío y su jornada.

También el jugador es prisionero
(la sentencia es de Omar) de otro tablero
de negras noches y de blancos días.

Dios mueve al jugador, y éste, la pieza.
¿Qué Dios detrás de Dios la trama empieza
de polvo y tiempo y sueño y agonía?

Jorge Luís Borges

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What's new on lichess


What exactly has the chess community been up to?

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People, dont' forget
(AKA don't leave me alone :P)
Lord Warden of the Parlementum Server
Soon, I promise. I am quite ill at the moment.
Oh sorry. Get well soon my friend :D
There is not enough chess in the world! Let's fix that.

  ultima modifica: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:17:25 +0200  
here it is: but since you've created an account there, you can just log in and everything is there for you =)
oh sorry, I should read better before posting :P
(no problem. Maybe I posted while you where writing. thks for the link. Now I see what I did. A funky username. "gabbbbbb" ;) I got it back :) I can't play right now but I will later :)
Lord Warden of the Parlementum Server
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A Human Chess Match Gets Played in Leningrad, 1924


Let's time travel back to Leningrad (aka St. Petersburg) in 1924. That's when an unconventional chess match was played by Peter Romanovsky and Ilya Rabinovich, two chess masters of the day.

Apparently, they called in their moves over the telephone.

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@Carolus Rex
Thank you for sharing !

From your link

[Event "Living Exhibition Game"]
[Site "Lenningrad"]
[Date "07.20.1924"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Peter Romanovsky (Navy)"]
[Black "Ilya Rabinovich (Army)"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[CurrentPosition "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qd8 9.Nxe4 Be7 10.Qd3 O-O 11.Neg5 g6 12.Bf4 Bf6 13.Qc4 Bg4 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Nxf3 Qd7 16.Rad1 Rfe8 17.Rxe8+ Rxe8 18.Be3 Qe6 19.Qxe6 fxe6 20.Bf4 e5 21.Re1 Kf7 22.Bg3 Re7 23.a3 e4 24.Nd2 e3 25.fxe3 dxe3 26.Nc4 e2 27.c3 Bg5 28.a4 a6 29.Kf2 b5 30.axb5 axb5 31.Na3 b4 32.cxb4 Be3+ 33.Kxe2 Bf4+ 34.Kf3 Ne5+ 35.Kxf4 Nd3+ 36.Kg5 Nxe1 37.Nb5 Nd3 38.Bxc7 Kg7 39.Kg4 Re4+ 40.Kf3 Rxb4 41.Ke3 Rxb2 42.Nd4 Nb4 43.Be5+ Kf7 44.Ne2 Nd5+ 45.Kf3 Rb3+ 46.Kf2 Nf6 47.g3 Ne4+ 48.Kg2 Re3 49.Nd4 Rd3 50.Nf3 Ke6 51.Bg7 Kd5 52.g4 Ra3 53.h4 Ra2+ 54.Kh3 Nd2 55.Nxd2 Rxd2 56.h5 Ke4 57.hxg6 hxg6 58.Kh4 Rd5 59.Bh6 Kf3 60.Bc1 Rd4 61.Kg5 Rxg4+ 62.Kf6 Rc4 63.Bh6 Kg4 64.Kxg6 Rc6+ 65.Kg7 Kf5 66.Be3 { Draw }  1/2-1/2
Thanks! Here's the PGN of the game (taken from the comment above)