Dennis M's Chess Site

This is a blog for chess fans by a chess fan. I enjoy winning as much as anyone else, and I've had a reasonable amount of success as a competitor, but what keeps me coming back to the game is its beauty. And that, primarily, is what this site will be about! All material copyrighted.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Tonight's Show

Tonight's game (click here for more details) is a brouhaha between two old-timers, Henry Bird (after whom Bird's Opening (1.f4) and Bird's Defense in the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4) is named) and Bernhard Horwitz. At the time this game was played in 1851, Horwitz was definitely the better player, but Bird's attack finally prevailed when Horwitz rejected a draw in the hope of cashing in his material advantage. It's not a well-played game, but it is exciting and worth an hour of your time if you're a chess fan!

ChessBase Shows

I do a live show every Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on ChessBase's server. Unfortunately, there's no one single page on the ChessBase news site ( that provides information on the show for newbies and visitors alike.

Therefore, over the next few weeks I hope to rectify that problem on here, by providing information on how to access both live and archive shows, offering show blurbs in advance of ChessBase's posting, offering a list of past games and resources for further study. This will take time, so please be patient, but I think this will improve everyone's overall enjoyment of the show.

Blog Intro

Welcome to my blog!

Inspired by sources like Tim Krabbe's "Chess Curiosities" and the daily paper "Chess Today," as well as by the desire to share the occasional chess goings on in my own life and those of my friends and students, I'm beginning this open-ended, occasional foray into my own web presence. Welcome aboard - enjoy!