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Antonio Ventura Gude is one of the most famous chess writers. He shows us incredible stories about tournaments, anecdotes of chess players and unusual experiences.

In addition, you find articles about chess history, the matches that were played many years ago…

And the activities that the best players in the world were doing also!

And you can enjoy reading the connection of chess with other cultural activities like art or the cinema also… because chess has been used in many different worlds!

It’s a different view of chess but a very interesting one. I hope you enjoy reading them.

how the king moves in chess
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

How the King moves in chess

How does the King move in chess?

The King is the most special piece on the board. Learning how the King moves in chess is critical. In the simple sense that if the King is “captured”, the game is essentially over! It would be easy to describe the King’s functioning in a sentence or two… but it’s a very significant piece, so why not devote an entire article on how the King moves in chess? :)

chess king

The Chess King’s Looks

As you can see, the King simply a figure with a cross on top, to represent its royalty. The King … Read more

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chess queen
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

How the Queen moves in chess

How does the Queen move in chess?

We all know the chess King is the most important chess piece on the board. But we also know the King is not the most valuable piece on the board as far as mobility goes. Who is the most valuable piece on the board? I present to you, the Queen! When we look at comparative piece value on the chessboard, the pawn = 1, Bishop and Knight = 3, Rook = 5, and Queen = 9. No wonder people make a fuss about losing their Queen! She is almost twice as valuable as … Read more

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pawn move template
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

How the Pawn moves in chess

How does the pawn move in chess?

“Pawns are the souls of chess”. These were the words of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. The pawns are extremely mysterious pieces. They seem so non-valuable, yet they have great potential. So to learn how the pawn moves in chess, as well as key strategies that pertain to them, are critical.

Compared to the Queen (9), Rook (5), Knight/Bishop (3), the pawn is only worth one material point. Three pawns make the value of a Knight. However, as we will delve into later, the pawns have far greater potential than what they … Read more

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how old is chess
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Alberto Chueca

How old is Chess? The history of this game

The history of chess

Chess is such an amazing game. There is no doubt about that. Part of what makes this game amazing is that as digitized it is right now (we are taking advantage of that during the pandemic), it is yet so ancient, and we have not even changed the rules in hundreds of years! Exactly how old is chess, who invented it and came up with the rules? Many chess players ask these questions, and we will do our best to answer them in the most satisfactory way possible!

How old is chess?

To be frank, … Read more

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Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Jose Raul Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

Classical chess players: Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, J.R Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine.

Classical chess players

Some funny anecdotes about Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Jose Raul Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine.

Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal: 11 points without playing a single game!

During the Havanna Chess Olympiadย (1966), which was attentively organized by the Cuban government, the chess teams were treated very warmly. On one occasion, when Korchnoi and Mikhail Tal went to watch the spectacle of the famous cabaret Tropicana.

Mikhail Tal noticed a beautiful woman at the next table.

Being as he was, very sensitive to feminine beauty, he didnโ€™t hesitate to pay her a compliment. Suddenly, the partner of … Read more

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Mijail Botvinnik
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

Mijail Botvinnik and the USSR chess team in the Olympics.

The Soviet chess team and Mijail Botvinick

Mijail Botvinnik had many problems these years. In the summer of 1952, there was much nervousness in the Soviet chess team.

The Kremlin had announced that they were seriously considering their participation for the first time, in the Olympics. (Not only in chess, as the same year, also took place the Olympic Games in Helsinki).

Hence, many undiscovered intrigues, mini-assemblies, rumors and secrets were on the aisles.

Finally, the highest spheres had confirmed the decision – the USSR chess team will be in Helsinki.

Once the western world became aware that the Soviets … Read more

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Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf, Mikhail Botvinnik, Nicolas Rossolimo and Efim Bogoljubov
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

Classical chess players (II): Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf, Mikhail Botvinnik, Nicolas Rossolimo and Efim Bogoljubov

Classical chess players

Some funny anecdotes about Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf, Mikhail Botvinnik, Nicolas Rossolimo and Efim Bogoljubov.

Samuel Reshevsky

Samuel Reshevsky and Miguel Najdorf

In 1952 the grandmasters Samuel Reshevsky and Miguel Najdorf were playing chess in a double match for the title of Champion of America (North America, Reshevsky, vs. South America, Najdorf). Mr. Miguel Najdorf recalled this with much grace, in an old interview with Eduardo Scala:

โ€œWe had to play chess in three countries: United States, Mexico and El Salvador. When we played in New York, maybe because I enjoyed life in excess, I have lost … Read more

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wesley so
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

Wesley So: Million dollar boy. Discover the story of this talent!

Wesley So: a chess prodigy!

A chess prodigy child, Wesley So in 2008 became the youngest player to cross the threshold of Elo 2600. He broke the record established by none other than Magnus Carlsen. Four years later he would do the same with the bar of 2700. And by February of that year, he was among the top ten worldwide.

His debut in international chess happened during Summer Olympics at Turin (2006) when he was 13 years old. And in 2007 he gained the Grandmasterโ€™s title.

But this new GM from the Philippines reached some impressive results even before … Read more

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chess anecdotes
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

47 chess anecdotes. Will you know the 32th? I didn’t!

Chess anecdotes (I): The professional chess player: Pillsbury

Let’s start with some anecdotes about chess. From all indignities that a professional chess player must go through to earn a living, one of the worst would be getting inside a cubicle full of gadgets. Getting inside? Hiding. That was what the great American champion Harry Nelson Pillsbury had to do in one of the โ€œTurkishโ€ Ajeeb. A chess automaton-like many others did before him.

Our man spent some time like that, in the Chinese Museum in Philadelphia. Pillsbury, the professional chess player, moved the pieces that were supposed, moved

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chess opening
08 Chess anecdotes โ™Ÿ๏ธ
Antonio Gude

Anecdotes about chess openings

Anecdotes about chess openings (I): Trend and research

Let’s start with some anecdotes about chess openings. Back in the 1950s, the soon-to-be world champion Vasily Smyslov considered the Kingโ€™s Indian Defense as incorrect. Playing the Scandinavian was seen as folly, not to say absurd. And because of that, there were no signs of it in the high competition. A man named Tigran Petrosian responded to all the openings for semi-open with a 2.d3 and the Kingโ€™s Indian Defense. There was no news of the Giuoco Piano (or Italian chess opening) and its variant โ€˜pianissimoโ€™.

A few decades later, … Read more

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