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MarkAJordan


    • My favourite players and why (no particular order)

      The criterion for inclusion on this list is not outstanding over-the-board success (though it helps!) but an attitude or way of playing that surprises and delights. I deliberately include no world champions. My list might change next week! Who are... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Mar 9, 2015
      • | 343 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Apologies for timing-out on some recent games!

      Apologies to all if I've lost on time in a match for you or, for that matter against you! Also apologies to anyone I'm playing in my present under-graded state! I have just moved home and I've had great difficulties getting my broadband transferre... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Nov 30, 2014
      • | 459 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 960 start positions are just horrible!

      Almost all starting positions in 960 are both aesthetically unpleasing and illogical. Do you agree? | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Sep 16, 2014
      • | 519 views
      • | 5 comments
    • 2) Bc4 in the Sicilian

      1) e4 c5 2) Bc4 seems to be a very popular line on this website and is quite common in otb chess- at least among club players in the UK. Why? I suppose it looks aggressive, but a little experience proves that the Bishop just get chased around, thu... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Jul 15, 2014
      • | 492 views
      • | 0 comments
    • With apologies to Boris Gelfand

      I've just noticed that, having attended the Candidates tournament in London last year, I find myself unconsciuosly imitating Boris Gelfand's accent and intonation when thinking about a move. "Is a good move?!" delivered in high and slightly querel... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Jul 4, 2014
      • | 478 views
      • | 1 comment
    • What is chess?

      Is chess an art, a science, a bit of both; or just a game? | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Jun 30, 2014
      • | 514 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Sanity!

      Down to 69! A favourite number! | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Jan 26, 2014
      • | 487 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Aarghh! Too many games!

      I have 114 games on the go at the moment and about 90 minutes a day to consider them! Am I Blundering? Yes! Is my rating going down? Yes! Who would have thought it?!! | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Jan 14, 2014
      • | 589 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen

      Congrats to Magnus on winning the World Championships! I suspect he'll be around for a while, unlike Justin Bieber, with whom he has recently been embarassingly likened! The chess world could do without being dumbed down that much! Less of that an... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Nov 24, 2013
      • | 929 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Anand v Carlsen and the net audience

      Not very surprisingly, I've been keeping an eye on the World Championship match. Looks like it might ignite now Carlsen is one up! Anand will have to get aggressive! The one thing that irritates me about the match is the rubbish that streams down ... | Read More

      • Anarchos61
      • | Nov 15, 2013
      • | 598 views
      • | 2 comments