Women Chess Players by bill - 05-15-2013
The first mention of a woman chess player was when Harun ar Rashid wrote to Nicephorus in 802 A.D. and mentioning that he purchased a slave girl noted for her skill in chess.
In 1804, Madame de Remusat (1780-1824) played chess with Napoleon Bona...How Long Did They Live? by bill - 05-14-2013
I turned 62 this week and was interested in what chess masters I have outlived and what was the average age of the chess masters when they died (around 68). I've lived longer than Morphy, Alekhine, Petrosian, Tal, Keres and a few others. I hope ...Humphrey Bogart and Chess by bill - 05-13-2013
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on December 25, 1899 (some sources say January 23, 1900) in New York City. He was the son of a noted Manhattan surgeon, Dr. Belmont Bogart (1867-1934), who was secretly addicted to opium. His mother, Maud Humphrey ...Issac Asimov and Chess by bill - 05-12-2013
Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920. In his lifetime, he wrote 470 books and is one of the greatest science fiction writers. Some of his science fiction stories mentioned chess.
One of his first science fiction stories, Nightfall, written...2001: A Space Odyssey - Chess by bill - 05-11-2013
In 1968, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), a strong chess player himself, directed the science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The screenplay was co-written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), who really did not like or play chess. The s...