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Chess is a narrow way.  I leave all pleasure behind.  It is a time without pleasure, yes.

--Jan Timman, Dutch Grandmaster


    • USCL: Will Nakamura Play?

      Deadlines...deadlines We're now just hours away from the US Chess League's first deadline of the 2010 season.  Lineups for the 23 August matches must be into the league office today no later than 9:00 pm Eastern Time.  If not, teams face sever... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 20, 2010
      • | 995 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Shankland Leaves SF for Nor'easters

      With Sam Shankland departing the City by the Bay for the shores of Beantown and Brandeis University, he also bids farewell to the San Francisco Mechanics and joins the ranks of the New England Nor'easters in the US Chess League.  Whether Sha... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 18, 2010
      • | 657 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Dinosaur Chess

      I used to play Dinosaur Chess when I was ten years old.  The game was self-published in California in the early 90s.  It was pretty easy to find around the state at that time, but I don't think it had any real distribution outside of Californ... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 11, 2010
      • | 2571 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Irina Krush Chess Rap

      Irina's rap after winning the US Women's Chess Championship in St. Louis.  (I hope this passes muster with the mods, because that bleeped word is "Apps".  People love their iPads so much they are constantly saying "Kiss my Apps".  But you know... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 8, 2010
      • | 1003 views
      • | 3 comments
    • I Got a Feeling

      Undergraduate life is the one constant in the universe.  If you are an undergrad, don't spend your time being miserable...cuz you will never have another chance to have that much fun again in your life.  After college, life sucks and then you d... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 6, 2010
      • | 628 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Emily Tallo Wins Girls Junior

      Emily Tallo won the US Girls Junior tournament in Orange County, California, and received a $500 scholarship for her efforts.  She ended the event with a score of 5.5/6, followed by Margaret Hua with 5 points, and Ashley Xue with 4.5.   Both ... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 3, 2010
      • | 4155 views
      • | 11 comments
    • 1st Arimaa Online Festival

      The Arimaa community is planning its first-ever online festival...a day of events that include simuls, blitz tourneys, lectures, and interviews.  The festival is tentatively scheduled for 11 September 2010.  The day is set up so that no matt... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 28, 2010
      • | 564 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Yin - Yang Chess

      I've come across a few yin-yang chess symbols, but this one is my favorite: The symbol is from the indy film Vicious Circle set in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.  I haven't seen the movie, but apparently it uses chess as a major thematic elemen... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 22, 2010
      • | 3296 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Play Chess in the OC

      Here's your chance to play chess in Lala Land. The eleventy-oneth iteration of the US Chess Open will be held this year, 31 July to 8 August, in the fabulous OC (as seen on TV !) After a round, pack up your chess pieces and head to the chessta... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 20, 2010
      • | 1933 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Auction Chess at the Juniors

      The Juniors three-way playoff has begun between Zhao, Shankland, Robson. In the first game Zhao won the auction with 29:54 minutes and therefore is playing black with draw odds and 29:54 minutes on the clock. Sam bid 31 minutes.  But because he... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 20, 2010
      • | 679 views
      • | 8 comments