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2011, 2022

British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians

By |November 20th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Tim Harding’s new book British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians highlights noted chess columns, magazines, and even books from before the First World War. As a handbook, it strives to be not only a research tool, but also to serve as an example of how one historian works. The end date of 1914 is chosen because ‘the outbreak of the first World War, after which there are [...]

2011, 2022

San Francisco 1995 by James Eade

By |November 20th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

  San Francisco 1995 by James Eade Piatagorsky 1966, AVRO 1938, Zurich 1953. These top rated tournaments are known by all and reported by many. There are few books, however, geared to telling the story of lesser category tournaments, even though there are many such tournaments held each year. One work that does accomplish this task is James Eade’s San Francisco 1995. This book is part of the Competitive Chess Series published by [...]

1711, 2022

Reach for the Sky – November 5 2022 – Tournament Summary

By |November 17th, 2022|Categories: News|

Tournaments happen for all kinds of reasons.  In the case of the Reach for the Sky Tournament, the Suresh family sponsors the event to celebrate and honor their son, Sid’s, love of chess tournaments.  Their generous sponsorship allows us to run this event for free, and even to offer generous prizes of Amazon gift cards of $60, $40, and $25 in each of 3 sections - Open, Under 1000, and [...]

1311, 2022

The Day Kasparov Quit: and other chess interviews

By |November 13th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Smart Chip from St. Petersburg and other tales of a bygone chess era by Genna Sosonko was published by New In Chess in 2006. This book contains character portraits of some quite strong, but lesser-known names like Irina Levitina and Jan Donner, and some even less familiar characters, such as Genrikh Chepukaitis. There are also articles on how age affects chess, the killer instinct, chess in dreams, and religion and [...]

1311, 2022

Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi — A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games

By |November 13th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Andy Soltis’ new book, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi: A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games explores the lives of four of the top Soviet chess players during the Fischer era. This book is a group biography with less focus on the entirety of an individual player’s life, but rather includes some of the chess highlights within the context of their interactions. There is a focus on the years 1958 to [...]

1603, 2016

Kurt Richter – A Chess Biography with 499 Games

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Book Reviews|Tags: , |

Alan McGowan’s Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games examines the life and times of the often-forgotten about European master. The book highlights not only Richter’s career but also the German chess culture and the effect that the two world wars had on his play. McGowan divides Richter’s life into 9 parts. All 9 are basically the same in style and substance, which has a few pictures, sometimes not [...]

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