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    • Where Did It All Go Right?

      I don't blog about my games a lot, but I was quite pleased with two of my recent online games here, and feel proud enough to publish them. I've posted two horrible losses before, so I think I deserve my moment in the sun... Both these games were... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 10, 2010
      • | 1210 views
      • | 9 comments
    • The Beautiful Games

      Very soon one of the biggest sporting events in the world will take place in South Africa.  The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on 11 June in Johannesburg, and lasts for exactly one month. Football (or soccer, if you hail from America/Canada) is ofte... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 3, 2010
      • | 4344 views
      • | 38 comments
    • Battle Vs Chess - Again

      Back in March I blogged about the new Battle Vs Chess software which was due out in May.  The latest news is that the release has been put back until sometime in the autumn. On the plus side there are some more screenshots available to whet the ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 1, 2010
      • | 9386 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Can Chess On TV Work?

      Can chess work as entertainment on television for a lay audience?  And even if it can, is the internet a better medium anyway to spread and promote the game? Many years ago, before Tim Berners-Lee had his stroke of genius, British television air... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 21, 2010
      • | 6526 views
      • | 30 comments
    • Anand: With A Little Help From His Friends

      Chessbase has published part one of an interview with Vishy Anand where he describes some of the help he received before and during his title defence with Topalov. While Topalov relied on a staggeringly powerful computer for his preparation, Anan... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 19, 2010
      • | 2494 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The President and the Aliens

      The FIDE president that is! Many chess players have little or no interest in the murky business dealings of the world chess governing body, FIDE. However, even if you have no interest in chess politics you may be interested to know that the curre... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 6, 2010
      • | 3162 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Shredder Chess on the iPad

      If you are lucky enough to have your very own iPad, then being a chess fan you will no doubt be looking for a killer chess app to run on the device. Fortunately, Shredder Chess is now available for the iPad.  Shredder is a 12-time world computer... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 23, 2010
      • | 10774 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Making Your Own Chess Set

      I wrote recently about my personal ineptitude when it comes to anything DIY-related, but many members commented on that blog post expressing an interest in making chess boards and even pieces. There's nothing quite like a beautifully made chess s... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 17, 2010
      • | 53287 views
      • | 12 comments
    • The Zen Master and the Chess Game

      Now that I have a computer it's hard to imagine life without it.  But my wife had to use all her powers of persusion to get me to buy one.  "What will we use it for?" was my plaintive cry. The answer, I now realise, can be summed up in two word... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 10, 2010
      • | 4397 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Interview With "Chess Movie" Director

      The USCF website has a nice interview by Jennifer Shahade with Katie Dellamaggiore, the director of the upcoming "Chess Movie" about the US scholastic team from I.S.318, as previewed here. When I started out it seemed that the chess subculture h... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 6, 2010
      • | 1413 views
      • | 3 comments