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Does the new Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" resemble any real life chess master?

The character Beth Harmon is purely fictional. The series is based off a book by the same title by Walter Tevis. The author had a tendencie to base books drawing from personal experiences but he wasn'...
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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

From this Chess.com Discussion In terms of games played, it would be Tal with 95 games (46 wins, 49 draws) from October 23, 1973 to October 16, 1974. He also has the second longest streak of 84 ...
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What is the legend of Ossip Bernstein, who supposedly played chess to save his life?

The written sources appear to be: An obituary on Bernstein by Edward Lasker (a friend of Bernstein) in the April 1963 issue of Chess Review, which is described in the link below, including a scan of ...
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Does the new Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" resemble any real life chess master?

I take it you're referring to Beth Harmon, the protagonist of the series. There's no single chess master that resembles her, but various masters resemble her partially: In the fact that she's female: ...
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Books on old tournaments

St-Petersburg 1914 Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch wrote the book of the famous tournament St Petersburg 1914: it has been translated to American English by Dr. Robert Maxham, as International Chess Tournament, ...
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Is holding the opponent's captured pieces legal or allowed?

The first thing to note is that even if the opponent is deliberately hiding your captured queen (or any other piece you might want to promote to) there is no excuse for using some substitute because ...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

Well, as of 2021 a much more concrete answer can be provided: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/mv0vz5/solving_the_fischer_chess_games_in_2001_gm_nigel/ In short (pun not intended):...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

Fischer never, ever denied it. What he said was he doesn't play chess anymore, and when a reporter told him what Nigel said, he responded "He can say what he wants". Not playing anymore means ...
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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

To answer this question you would first have to explain what you mean by "long". If you define "long" as over the number of games played, then the next question is "which ...
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Where is London Chess Classic Pool B's webpage?

Here's how you can find the tournament results: Link = Chess Results page Use ctrl + F to locate Tournament selection You'll then notice all the sections: Super Rapidplay FIDE Open Weekend Open ...
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Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

Sergey Tiviakov in the latest number of New in Chess (2017/3): It is a well-known fact that I am the official world record holder, as I played 110 tournament games without a defeat in the period ...
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