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    • Cornered knight

      The corner knight cannot escape once the king moves to the position shown. Something to think about if your tactic or strategy involves a knight in the corner.   | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Mar 20, 2013
      • | 776 views
      • | 5 comments
    • The value of opening lines

      Do some opening lines favor white and others black? Or are they optimized to maintain a neutral position? To answer this question I selected 190 commonly played opening lines (out of thousands) from the "opening theory" book available online at wi... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Mar 17, 2013
      • | 2318 views
      • | 15 comments
    • A comparison of the A00 Irregular Openings

          The data for the discussion below appears in a pdf file that I uploaded to a pdf hosting site.The pdf document was created from an Excel spreadsheeet. It lists the Irregular Openings twice. On page 1 they are listed in conventional seque... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Mar 8, 2013
      • | 1042 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Black's defense against 1. e4

      I looked at eight different responses to 1. e4 listed in chess opening theory. They are c5, d5, e5, c6, d6, e6, g6, and Nf6. For each response I played out 10 mainline opening moves and then compared the relative advantage gained by black in eac... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 26, 2013
      • | 7414 views
      • | 18 comments
    • Albert Einstein

        As this blunderfest should make it very clear, just because a guy came up with the theory of relativity (to which he was led by Maxwell's equations) does not mean he was a good chess player nor that he was a general purpose all knowing wise ... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 23, 2013
      • | 1132 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Retirement

      The things that occupy my life these days are mostly things I never did before I retired. Take for example chess, golf, the guitar, living in Thailand, traveling around in SE Asia, learning different cultural practices and different languages. I... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 22, 2013
      • | 963 views
      • | 10 comments
    • How to use an engine in your online game legally

      I could not get this thing to format correctly in this editor and so I am posting a link to a pdf file. Hope to get some feedback.  http://freepdfhosting.com/fd92018e62.pdf   Cha-am Jamal Thailand | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 19, 2013
      • | 783 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Openings in the Carlsen games

      I created a composite Carlsen game from 1508 of his games and found that although Carlsen has a repuation for playing unusual openings if you take a close look at all his games played so far you get a very different picture.  The most popular fi... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 12, 2013
      • | 1447 views
      • | 6 comments
    • A burning question

      In rural Thailand many people throw their trash in a convenient corner of the yard and when the heap gets too large or smelly they rake it up into a pile and light a fire. A plume of smoke billows up from that house and depending on wind condition... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Feb 4, 2013
      • | 375 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Zadar, Zadar, Zadar

      Tiger Lilov's video about the Zadar Open 2012 motivated me to look at the relevant data in some detail. The issue involves a non-grandmaster player (NGM) who played against grandmasters (GM) with such surprising strength that many people wondered ... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Jan 30, 2013
      • | 3401 views
      • | 24 comments