Opening choice and preparation in OTB chess are important. The goal is to reach a known position that offers adequate chances, and, if lucky, the opponent goes astray somewhere. It also saves important reflection time.
In CC opening choice is even more important. There are many openings that are suitable for OTB play, but are not strong enough in CC, and these should be avoided. There is no roo
If you trade pieces, you exchange pieces, with the word "exchange" being written in lower case. But if you gain a rook for a bishop (or for a knight), you win the Exchange, with a capital "E," as the great Burt Hochberg used to say to me upon editing my pieces, that is, the written kind of pieces. Now in the old days, at least at the Marshall Chess Club, to avoid upper and lower case confusion, ch
Not every Manhattan Chess Club member at the end of the nineteenth century was an excellent chess player. While the masters are remembered, as well they should be, for their extraordinary play, clubs didn’t survive on the ingenious cogitations of a few gifted and often honorary members. The driving forces of a chess club, especially a gentleman’s chess club, were the members who served as offi