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About The Kibitzer

By Dr Tim Harding

The Kibitzer was a column which appeared from June 1996 to May 2015 at the once excellent but now moribund website, The Chess Cafe. The series dealt with opening theory, current affairs in chess, historical topics, or whatever I felt like writing about!

From 1996 up to January 2014, I wrote 212 columns and more have been added since. Following a break for site redesign at the Chess Cafe, the series resumed with article 213 in mid-July 2014, but the last article was published in May 2015.

This will be the end of the series unless a new website commissions me to resume it. I may eventually post some of the old articles which have not dated too much, or perhaps even the full set, for free access on this website, but it will be a lot of work to get them ready.

Here is an index page for the most recent Kibitzer articles.

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.

What is a Kibitzer?

A kibitzer is somebody who watches a game (usually of chess or bridge) and from time to time makes comments which may be apposite, and/or which may annoy the players...