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September Family Chess Night @ Bookmans on Speedway

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September Chess Puzzle by Paul Morphy
created in 1848

Can you solve the puzzle to mate in two moves? White to move.

paul morphy puzzle

Bring your puzzle solution to Bookman’s on Speedway Family Chess Night 6:30-8:30 (First Wednesday of every month)–this month Wednesday September 7–and win a free prize. The whole family, new and experienced players are all invited to join us to play chess.

Paul Morphy and Robert James Fischer
America’s World Chess Champions

Paul Morphy  and Bobby Fischer are the only Americans to be the world’s best chess players–Morphy in the late 19th century and Fischer in the 20th century (1972).

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Bobby Fischer 1960

Fischer had said that Morphy and the Cuban Champion, Jose Capablanca, were the chess players he most admired. He preferred their styles to all others– Morphy’s accuracy, Capablanca’s “light touch”—and acknowledged their brilliant natural talents.

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Morphy and Lowenthal in 1858

Morphy, born in New Orleans in 1837 was an early chess prodigy, learning and mastering the game by watching his father and uncle play. By the time he was 12 years old he had defeated the Hungarian chess master Johann Lowenthal in a match of three games (pictured above). By 1859 he was considered the World Champion after a triumphant chess tour in Europe. He died in 1884.

This month’s chess puzzle is said to be the only puzzle that Morphy created, composed when he was eleven years old.

More about these great American champions in puzzles to come.

References:

Paul Morphy: The Pride and the Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2010

Bobby Fischer Goes to War, by David Edmonds and John Eidinow, Harper Collins Publisher, 2005

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_morphy

YouTube interviews: Bobby Fischer Tells You Why Chess is Boring and Tells You His Favorite Players, Last Interview Part 5

Fischer photo: Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-76052-0335,_Schacholympiade,_Tal_(UdSSR)_gegen_Fischer_(USA).jpg

July Family Chess Night at Bookmans

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Join 9 Queens on July 6 from 7-9 at the Bookmans on Speedway for Family Chess Night- an evening filled of chess, puzzles and fun. This July’s puzzle of the month is a puzzle taken from one of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer’s games. Can you find a way for white to checkmate black in five moves? Bring the solution to Family Chess Night and receive a prize!

Bobby Fischer is the subject of a new documentary from HBO- have you seen the previews or watched the documentary yet?

June Family Chess Night at Bookmans

Join us on June 1, from 7-9 pm at the Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot for chess puzzles, pick up games, and prizes. Solve the puzzle of the month and win a free prize! In honor of this month’s upcoming Harry Potter event, we have a puzzle from the “Wizard of Chess” Mikhail Tal. Can you find the winning combination for white to move in the puzzle below?

Family Chess Night

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Join us for family chess night Wednesday April 6 from 7-9 at the Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot. This month’s puzzle of the month is from our new book Play Like a Girl from a game played by Medina Parrilla. Medina is one of the many female chess champs featured in the book. I love this video of Medina playing RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan…

Puzzle of the Month

White to play and win material. Can you find the winning move? Bring the solution and win a prize!

White to play and win material

9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible.

Player Spotlight

Alexandra

Alexandra Kosteniuk

12th Women’s World Chess Champion

“I make an effort to support organizations like 9 Queens and share their commitment to popularizing chess. Chess Fest will be the second 9 Queens event I have supported and attended. ”