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    • Some St.Valentine's Day Romance

      Once she may smile, or thrice, thy soul to fire,     In passing by, but when she turns her face, Thou must persist and seek her with desire,     If thou wouldst win the favor of her grace. And if, like some winged bird, she cleaves the air... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 7, 2010
      • | 981 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Computers and Chess

      There's an interesting blog post on TechRepublic about the influence of computers in chess, and how GM's such as Hikaru Nakamura use them to help prepare for their opponents. Chess may not have the mass-market appeal of more “active” sports l... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 5, 2010
      • | 1338 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Garry Kasparov Reviews...

      The latest edition of The New York Review Of Books magazine features an absolutely fascinating review by Garry Kasparov of the book "Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind" by Diego Rasskin-Gutman. You can read the review here. | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 25, 2010
      • | 4839 views
      • | 22 comments
    • The Worst Way To Lose?

      I'm currently playing a lot of games against opponents quite a lot stronger than myself, and I'm having a pretty hard time of it.  By way of some repentant self-flagellation, I have exhibited two horrible losses below for your entertainment. So ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 7, 2010
      • | 3208 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen TIME Magazine Profile

      TIME magazine has a profile of Magnus Carlsen in their next issue.  You can read the online version here. Nice to see Magnus getting some really high-profile coverage in the wider world outside chess circles! An interview from the last edition... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 2, 2010
      • | 3604 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Carlsen v Karjakin Blitz Video

      A few videos of blitz games from the recent World Blitz Championship have emerged on YouTube.  This is my favourite, between Carlsen and Karjakin on the final day (round 34). It's great to see an actual video of the game, to remind us just how q... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Nov 20, 2009
      • | 4718 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Magnus: 2900 is not impossible

      Dylan Loeb McClain has a few nice quotes from Magnus Carlsen following on from his win in Nanjing in his latest NY Times 'Gambit' chess blog. Link here. I think 2900 Elo may be too much to ask, but the fact that he thinks it's possible shows his ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Oct 13, 2009
      • | 6919 views
      • | 35 comments
    • Rare Bobby Fischer Photos

      A few videos featuring rare photos of Bobby Fischer have recently surfaced on the internet.  I'd seen one before (with different music in the background) but the others were new to me, so I thought it was worth sharing them here - they're definit... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Oct 13, 2009
      • | 1360 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Picture this: Your Photos at Chess.com

      One nice feature of Chess.com that doesn't get much promotion is the photo section which allows all members to upload their favourite snaps of themselves, their family, their pets, their favourite celebrities etc. Creating an album and adding pho... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Sep 6, 2009
      • | 2145 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Does chess make for perfect novels?

      Have you read any good novels that involved chess in the story?  I've read quite a few non-instructional chess books... King's Gambit by Paul Hoffman The immortal Game by David Shenk White King and Red Queen by Daniel Johnson Chess B1tch by Je... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 30, 2009
      • | 2824 views
      • | 40 comments