Judith Polgar: Queen among the Kings

Judith Polgar: Queen among the Kings

When Vera Menchik dominated women’s chess in the late 1920s and through the ‘30s, she was thought to be almost a type of chess anomaly that could never be repeated.  So strong a player she was that she was invited to and participated in a number of Grandmaster men’s tournaments, scoring respectably.  Her dominance of […]

Dr. Janus and Mr. Hyde?

Dr. Janus and Mr. Hyde?

With the calendar turning yet again from December to January, it is an appropriate time to consider the derivation of our word for the new month. Why January? In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions. He was often portrayed as a two-faced deity since he looks backward to […]

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