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    • 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
      • | 1865 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
      • | 13561 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
      • | 1815 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
      • | 1803 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
      • | 1273 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
      • | 2342 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
      • | 694 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
      • | 5615 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Hey! Add me to your friend list so we can stay in touch...

      Some of the language on this website is a little too casual. For example the friend request text is the way you would talk to someone you already knew very well and not the way you would talk to someone you just met online and would like to includ... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Jan 25, 2013
      • | 1067 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Dynamic game formats

      Here is something that happens a lot. In the middle of a 3-day OTB game the opponents find that they are both online and they begin to play the OTB in the same way they would a live game except that the communication of the move information is ver... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Jan 24, 2013
      • | 573 views
      • | 3 comments