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Best Chess Games: Karpov vs. Kasparov, 1985

Chess is a rich game, dating back over a millennia. On Chess.com alone, over 2,000,000,000 games have been played! Which games are the very best ever played? No one can answer that conclusively, but we are going to give you Chess.com's opinion. We asked Chess.com staff and contributors to give us their...

Top 10 Greatest Chess Players in History - Listverse

There is no doubt that throughout the history of chess there have been many superb players who have reshaped and redefined the way the game is played. This list is an attempt to examine and categorize the greatest of those. No doubt there are many worthy names that could be added, but here is the

When Paul Morphy brought chess mania to New Orleans

In the winter of 1857, a frenzy took over the city of New Orleans. Twenty-year-old Paul Morphy had returned to his home city from a trip to New York, where he dominated the best chess players in the country. This led to a craze that would continue until the summer of 1858. Merchants could not keep enough chess books, chessboards, and pieces to meet the demand. Newsboys on

Paul Morphy, the pride and sorrow of chess (right) playing Lewis Elkins in 1859.

Paul Morphy, the pride and sorrow of chess (right) playing Lewis Elkins in 1859.