Chess History: An Introduction

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  One of my sources for information is "Chess Openings: Theory and Practice" by Horowitz. Many of the opening manuals give the moves to make but don't explain why. Horowitz gave more explanation than many of the other manuals, including the Yugoslavian ones. There are many rare and obscure openings in chess. These rare openings are often flank openings that do not properly fight for the center. Often they waste time.

  One such opening is the Polish Opening. Pachman advocated the reply 1… a5 to this sortie. In the opening emphasis should be placed on center control. The "Spike" opening is another rarity. It is rarely seen in master chess.



"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind."


"Pawns are the soul of chess."


"I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

                                                                 Rueben Fine

"Chess is 90% tactics."


"Draws make me angry."


"A game is always won through a mistake."



"Pawns are born free, yet are everywhere in chains…"



"Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all."


A Good Plan

"When you see a good move, sit on your hands and find a better one."


The Late Bobby Fischer  

Patzer sees check, patzer makes check. – Bobby Fischer (A patzer is a weak player. C. O.)

Tactics flow from a superior position. – Bobby Fischer

Concentrate on material gains. Whatever your opponent gives you take, unless you see a good reason not to. – Bobby Fischer

Play out a boring game to the end and funny things can happen; Fischer knew it. – Hans Ree

Opening Remark

The best initial move for white is 1.P-K4. – Franklin K. Young

Giants Of Chess

            Tartakower was asked who was the greatest chess player?  He replied Alekhine, Capablanca or Lasker.

            Alekhine beat Capablanca and Capablanca beat Lasker.  Capablanca never gave a rematch to Lasker and Alekhine never gave a rematch to Capablanca although he should have because it was so close.


            Emanuel Lasker was World champion for 3 decades.  Spassky was champion a few years but Spassky is still alive.


            Siegbert Tarrasch was famous mostly for his writings and his opening innovations.


            Max Euwe was only World Champion for a few years.  Euwe gave Alekhine a rematch, and Alekhine won the rematch.  Alekhine may have been drinking too much in the first match when he lost the title


            Richard Reti was considered a "hypermodern".  He introduced new opening ideas. His basic idea was to attack the center with pieces from the wings. This is now considered a valid approach, but it was a radical change from previous theory. The previous, or classical approach, was to occupy the center with pawns, which is the approach I use.

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