50 Years of Chess — Year 24

February 23, 2021

If you asked me what tournament that I’ve played in was the most fun or the most rewarding, the list would be very short. My first rated tournament. The tournament I played in Russia in 1978. My two North Carolina championships, of course. The 2006 Western States Open in Reno, when I got the chance […]

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50 Years of Chess — Year 23

February 16, 2021

It was the best of time in 1994, and it was the worst of times. I’ll start with the “best,” and then get to the “worst.” At the end of 1993, as I wrote in my last post, I had four good tournaments in a row, and my good fortune continued into the new year. […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 22

February 6, 2021

We come now to 1993, the middle year of my seven years in Ohio. It was a year of satisfaction and disappointment for me, and a year when storm clouds were gathering, even if I didn’t see them. The biggest thing by far that year was that Kay and I gave up on having children […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 21C

January 31, 2021

I appreciate the patience of my readers with this retrospective of my chess career! Andy Lee, one of my Facebook friends, did a similar thing last year: for the 40 days leading up to his 40th birthday, he showed one position a day. His arrangement was not chronological but “countdown” style, with the last positions […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 21B

January 23, 2021

In my last post, I gave up on trying to pick a “best game” from 1992 because there are three high-quality, or at least high-interest games that I wanted to show you. Today, I’ll show you my favorite single move ever. A few years ago, I picked it as “My Best Move” for the Chess […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 21A

January 16, 2021

As we move to 1992 in my retrospective look at my chess career, I face a dilemma. In 1990 and 1991 I had trouble finding any good games to show you, but in 1992 I have the opposite problem — too many good games. There’s one that, in my notebook, I call a “keepsake.” There’s […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 20

January 5, 2021

My second year in Ohio was a great time in my life, but not such a great time for my chess. Some of the good things: Kay and I had bought our first house, which was an easy one-mile walk from my office on campus. She was absorbed in sprucing the place up, repainting it, […]

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50 Years of Chess: Year 19

January 1, 2021

Welcome to 2021! One of my resolutions is to somehow, some way, play chess against live, human, in-person opponents before the end of the year. Of course, that depends to a considerable extent on factors I can’t control — the progress of the epidemic and the vaccine — so perhaps I should consider it more […]

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Jessica Lauser, U.S. Champion

December 24, 2020

Two days ago I hinted at a piece of good news that I had to keep secret for the time being. I can now reveal what it is. This morning, the New York Times published my article about Jessica Lauser, the U.S. Blind Chess Champion. For people who like print, the article is also scheduled […]

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Short break, plus other news

December 20, 2020

For all the people following my “50 Years of Chess” series, I’m going to take a short, two-week hiatus for the holidays. One reason for the break is that I’ve come up to 1990, which is going to be a challenge because my records for that year are a mess. Until I got married in […]

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