Thursday, December 29, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Tragic Life And Short Chess Career of James A Leonard, 1841-1862

James A. Leonard (November 6, 1841 Ireland – September 26, 1862 Annapolis, Maryland) was a young American chess master, who grew up as a son of poor Irish immigrants in New York City. He learned to play chess at age 16 or 17. Before his 20th birthday, he was already famous for his fierce attacking play and prowess at blindfold chess, at which he played as many as ten games simultaneously.

In 1862, he fought for the Union in the American Civil War. He was captured, and while being held as a prisoner of war, died of dysentery before reaching his 21st birthday. Commentators have compared his promise, never realized, to that of American chess giants Paul Morphy and Harry Nelson Pillsbury.

Edgar Winter Chess History on James A Leonard

Wikipedia Link to James A Leonard

Amazon Link to Book on James A Leonard

Chess Cafe Book Review on James A Leonard

Here a few games in ChessFlash Format of James A Leonard





The last game below is a blindfold simuultaneous game.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Korchnoi vs Tal 1962

He won at Yerevan 1962, USSR Championship with 13/19. Crosstable Link.

Victor Korchoi Biography.

Game selected from game of the day May 8, 2011

Link to 1962 USSR Russian Championship compiled by Suentenis po 147 at


Images of Victor Korchnoi

Korchnoi : My Best Games As White Compiled by Malacka

Victor Korchnoi: My Best Games As Black
Compiled by Malacka

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rusty But Still Sharp Around The Edges

Here it the last round game that I played in the Six Man Swiss under 1400 section at Hamilton Quads yesterday April 30, 2011.

My final score was 1 win , 1 Draw and 1 Lost good for second place tie but no prize money since first place was a two way tie wity 2 1/2 points each. Both first place finishers split the prize money and I was left out in the cold.

One of the regular New Jersey masters Jim West who plays in this Hamilton Quad almost religiously once a month, Jim did not play in this quad yesterday and was noticeable absent. Rumor has it that Jim West is not fond in the change of playing rooms for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania chess masters. I can't confirm this so if Jim, if you read this blog maybe you can comment in the change in playing rooms for the masters.

Please note that Jim West chess blog can be found here: Jim West On Chess

Friday, February 25, 2011

US Amateur Team East 2011 Photo

Pictured above are the team members and myself an alternate of Rule 60 "Annoying Behaviour Prohibited ". The final score for our team was 2 1/2 points out of six rounds of team chess at the US Amateur Team East Tournament in Parsippany New Jersey , USA.

Standing left to right is Tevin, Diamondback, Atomic Patzer, Bognan, and KC.

More Photos from the US Amateur Team East Tournement can be found on Jim West on Chess at his link Pix From USATE 2011.

Some annotated games played by Michael Goeller and posted on his chess blog The Kenilworthian that were played in USATE 2011 are posted at his chess blog link : "Learning to take my opponents threats seriously "