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    • Don't Be The Last To Know!

      Are you the sort of chess fan who wonders why Garry Kasparov doesn't seem to play much chess any more; who thinks Florencio Campomanes is doing a great job with the FIDE presidency, and that Bobby Fischer will definitely be making a co... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 4, 2012
      • | 2150 views
      • | 9 comments
    • My New Year's Resolutions

      It's another new year again, that time of the year when we are filled with renewed hope and determination to improve ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd blog about a few of my resolutions in ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 2, 2012
      • | 1812 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Carlsen On Working With Kasparov

      Former world champion Garry Kasparov was still arguably the best chess player in the world when he retired in 2005, and he casts a long shadow over the current crop of players trying to make an impact. Despite his involvement with Russian politic... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Dec 31, 2011
      • | 3229 views
      • | 14 comments
    • "American Chess Star" Reality TV Show

      I love chess. I hate reality TV shows. I have no idea what to make of the concept of a reality TV show based around chess. "American Chess Star" is the name of the show. I've watched the trailer below, and I still have no idea what the show will ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Dec 2, 2011
      • | 7347 views
      • | 61 comments
    • An Interview With Hou Yifan

      Hou Yifan has just retained her Women's World Chess Championship title by beating Humpy Koneru 5½-2½. The excerpts below are from an interview by A. Karolvich and A.Burtosava at the official match website. How did you prepare for the match? I... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Nov 25, 2011
      • | 3096 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Dress Code For European Chessers!

      Shape up scruffbags! At the latest meeting of the General Assembly of the European Chess Union (ECU) in Greece it was agreed that from 1 January 2012 all players taking part in ECU events will have to abide by a dress code or face expulsion from ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Nov 14, 2011
      • | 6955 views
      • | 32 comments
    • My First Live Game On The iPhone App!

      The game below is unremarkable for me, especially the fact that I lost , but it is significant because it's the first LIVE game that I've played on the new updated Chess.com iPhone app! I love it! Thanks to all the clever coding guys who made it ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 31, 2011
      • | 2805 views
      • | 11 comments
    • 8 Ways Chess Is The World's Best Game

      The game of Chess has stood the test of time, lasting for centuries with few changes to the basic rules.  Here are eight reasons why chess is the best game in the world.1. Easy To Learn, Hard To MasterThe basic rules of chess are so simple to ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 28, 2011
      • | 9941 views
      • | 27 comments
    • Videos: 13-Year Old Magnus Carlsen

      Every now and then I stumble across a little gem on YouTube. Here are two videos of a 13 year-old Carlsen beating Karpov and drawing with Kasparov at the 2004 Reykjavik Rapid tournament. Wonderfully made and fascinating to watch! First a blitz g... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 21, 2011
      • | 6875 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Do Waterfalls Play Chess?

      I'm always on the look out for interesting reading material, and recently discovered The Browser, (thanks to Stephen Fry) which has the admirable aim of "creating a 21st century library of Writing Worth Reading". Among the articles on topics as d... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 15, 2011
      • | 2756 views
      • | 8 comments