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    • 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
      • | 1575 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
      • | 421 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
      • | 3928 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
      • | 661 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
      • | 345 views
      • | 3 comments
    • The joys of retirement

      I am over 65 and retired and took up chess as a retirement activity. I thought it would be fun to connect with other seniors here and to form our own little community. So I formed a group for people over the age of 65. It is called "Seniors Chess"... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Jan 22, 2013
      • | 571 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Grandmaster in the broom closet

      My friend Chris who used to play on his company's chess team about thirty years ago in London says that one day the janitor, a wisened old man, said something about having been a Russian grandmaster. Unfortunately for the company chess team no one... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Jan 7, 2013
      • | 375 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Too slow for tactics trainer

      I guess I am too slow for the tactics trainer. Is this kind of speed really that important in chess? What's the big hurry?  | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Dec 31, 2012
      • | 514 views
      • | 6 comments
    • The Death Opening

      Chess.com member Daeth says that he has invented a new opening that ends with 6. g4 (there are alternative lines to 6. g4 but only the mainline is shown below). I tried it out and it works against the engines. After 6. g4 white is ahead and no mat... | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Dec 27, 2012
      • | 2300 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Jose Raul Capablanca

      Here he is, age 4, playing his first chess game with his father in which he won. The only guy in the history of the game to have won his first game. Or so the legend goes. | Read More

      • Jamalov
      • | Dec 17, 2012
      • | 763 views
      • | 2 comments