The Kibitzer is a monthly column which has appeared since June 1996 for the excellent magazine website, The Chess Cafe. From then up to January 2014, I have written 212 columns.
Due to an ongoing reorganisation of that site, no new articles will appear for three months. I have been asked to write my next column for a deadline in late May.
Instead I am posting some new articles here.
The series deals with opening theory, current affairs in chess, historical topics, or whatever I feel like writing about!
In 2013 I started a new index page for the most recent articles.
Please note that free archive files of The Kibitzer are not available from number 200 onwards; you can read them free while they are current. Chess Cafe instead offer low-cost e-book purchases including databases of games linked to the columns and the link below is to the purchase page for these. The e-book files (available in PDF, PGN and ChessBase format) cost less than a dollar, shared between writer and publisher.
The first 51 columns are available as textfiles while more recent ones are preserved there with formatting in PDF. Inevitably with the passage of time, some of these articles have broken links to other websites, or topical references that no longer make much sense.
Also some of the old articles linked to game files which were lost when the Chess Mail site changed hosts. I regret it is not possible for me to supply these files or to comment on previous articles, so please do not ask.
Please do not expect me to answer queries about old articles as: (a) I am very busy; (b) I may no longer have the original source material to hand; (c) My views and chess theory can both change with time.