If I had to choose one chess website as being my favourite it would have to be http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/ “Chess Notes” by Edward Winter.

Winter must be the best chess historian in the world and his “notes,” which run into the thousands, are a treasury of chess history, memorabilia, anecdotes, famous games and quirky incidents.   Currently I’m reading a book of some of Winter’s better “notes” which I pinched from the pile of old chess books sitting around here at Chess Kids.  (Don’t tell the Guru!).

To whet your appetite here is a quirky position apparently either from a lightning game between Capablanca and Lasker in 1914, or composed by them following the game.  Warning: You’ll really need to exercise your imagination to solve this one – both Capablanca and Lasker were world champions.

[fen caption=”White to Play”]1R1K4/k1n5/Np6/1P1n4/8/8/8/8 w – – 0 1[/fen]


White wins with 1.Nxc7 Nxc7 2.Ra8+!! If 2…Kxa8 3.Kxc7 and the pawn ending is won for White.   If 2…Nxa8 3.Kc8! Nc7 4.Kxc7 also wins.   Even 2…Kb7 3.Ra7+!! wins.   Very pretty indeed.