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About The Kibitzer

By Dr Tim Harding

The Kibitzer is a column which appeared since June 1996 at the excellent website, The Chess Cafe. The series deals with opening theory, current affairs in chess, historical topics, or whatever I feel 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, making a total of 223 so far. You now need to be a subscriber to the site to read the articles.

Once again, for the summer of 2015, the site owner is taking a three-month break from posting new content by columnists, so I hope to resume The Kibitzer in September.

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

In the meantime I intend to post a new series of articles here on the second Wednesday of each month, the scheduled date for new Kibitzers, and of course anyone can read the articles here free of charge.

Please note that free archive files of The Kibitzer are mostly no longer available so I have removed the links from my tables of columns. 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.

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...