chess history

May 182012
 

Far from the rest the pair would creep And (elbows on the table) they A game of chess would often play, Buried in meditation deep, Till absently Vladimir took With his own pawn alas! his rook! Alexander Pushkin- Eugene Onegin Poor Lensky, he couldn’t catch a break! One imagines that he feels like the protagonist […]

Apr 262012
 
Assembling a Repertoire: Resolving a Problem in the QG Exchange

The Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation is a highly flexible opening used by GMs of both positional and tactical styles.White is able to control to a large degree the kinds of positions that result. Black often keeps his bishop on e7 and aims for normal development. He is happy that the exchange of pawns has freed […]

Jun 032011
 

Modern chess sets are comprised of 32 pieces — 16 black and 16 white — on a board that has 64 squares. Themed chess sets, though they are different from other sets, follow these standard specifications. Whether the intention is for frequent play or display only, themed chess sets can reflect who you are or […]

May 262011
 

The Isle of Lewis chess pieces are part of the chess community’s lore. Characterized in great detail, the seated queens and kings, knights on mounts and pawns that look like obelisks are made of whales’ teeth and walrus ivory. A lot of mystery surrounds these chessmen. They were hidden but why? To whom did they […]

May 232011
 

Many chess set collectors seek out old chess sets (i.e vintage) or themed chess sets because of their high value. Some themed chess sets are antique, which makes them that much more valuable. How a chess set’s worth is determined depends on a combination of factors. A high-quality antique chess set can be worth between […]