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    • Your life sucks because you make bad choices.

      Hey gals and guys, It was recently brought to my attention I haven't written a blog in a while, and well, I haven't had much to write about. So, since my personal life is 'okay', and I'm neither terribly lonely or starving in a food line somewher... | Read More

    • Assessing My Strengths and Weaknesses: Chess Exam and Training Guide

      One of the many books in my collection that I've been meaning to get around to is Khmelnitsky's Chess Exam and Training Guide. For those of you that don't know, this is a book is designed to identify your weaknesses and get training advice. It do... | Read More

      • Ace_Club
      • | Mar 5, 2015
    • A Queen and Mother

      What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. She is The Immaculate ConceptionThe most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment o... | Read More

    • These are the sweetest days ... remember Hansel and Gretel ..and, playing chess

        From the movie, I Robot :- Susan Calvin: I don't understand. Alfred wrote the Three Laws. Why would he build a robot that could break them? Detective Del Spooner: Hansel and Gretel. Susan Calvin: What? Detective Del Spooner: Two kids, ... | Read More

      • Henrymy
      • | Mar 4, 2015
    • Singapore Masters Blitz Invitational 2015

      Personally, I would prefer to play in events where I can get a decent number of rounds with stronger players to ‘teach me a lesson’. I also believe my contemporaries also feel the same way, that is, they would prefer tourneys where they could ... | Read More

      • juniortay
      • | Mar 3, 2015
    • History of CM

      Magnus Carlsen Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (Norwegian: [sʋɛn ˈmɑŋnʉs øːn ˈkɑːɭsn̩] ; born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and... | Read More

    • History of VA

      VISWANATHAN ANAND (born Dec-11-1969, 45 years old) India [ what is this? ] Vishwanathan Anand ("Vishy" to his fans) was the 15th undisputed World Champion, reigning from 2007 until 2013. He was also FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002. H... | Read More

    • Chess960 SP71

      Another Chess960 game with analysis, more about it in my main blog at http://chessdrifter.blogspot.fi/. Well after I have done this post, I finish the post I have in my main blog. So there might be a few minutes break before it appears there. | Read More

    • Boby fischer

      All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.   A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great chess player.   Chess is life.   Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opp... | Read More

      • fullhealth
      • | Feb 25, 2015
    • Developing Prophylactic Thinking. Part III

      In previous lessons we have learned to develop our "prophylactic thinking" based solely on the concrete opponent’s threats. In the first part, these threats were tactical - without the ability to see and defend against which it is impossible to ... | Read More

    • Psychology in chess

      Any experienced player knows how a change in the character of the play influences your psychological mood.  -  Garry Kasparov   The aim was simple: to deprive Karpov of his favourite occupation - standing at the board, staring straight at hi... | Read More

    • Psychology, Nerves and Confidence in Chess

      Everyone knows that psychology is a massive part of chess. Nerves affect almost all players, although it can have a bigger influence on some than others. Obviously, this is natural and is difficult to prevent. Personally, I get nervous before the ... | Read More

    • Happy deal

      Black forced a checkmate. Do you see how?(It is a twin: on the 4th move Black has two best moves) The game comes from '1000 Best Short Games of Chess' by Irving Chernev.  It is a collection of fine 5-to-15-move games, accompanied by Cherne... | Read More

    • Local Sarawak Delicacies

      This is a snap taken by Florence recently of our popular local cakes (the kuih) good for breakfast or lunch.  | Read More

      • Jul425
      • | Feb 22, 2015
    • 8...e6! in the Yugoslav Accelerated Dragon

      So I'm in the process of the learning the Accelerated Dragon and something stuck out to me in the Yugoslav variant - 8...e6. This idea is something I reviewed in IM Andrew Greet's "Starting Out: the Accelerated Dragon." Here, Greet cited P.Smirno... | Read More

    • Mastery: Dabblers, Obsessives, and Hackers

      From my last post, one reader commented that I should read some books about sports psychology. It reminded me of a book I did read on the subject a few years ago called Mastery: The keys to success and long term fulfillment by George Leonard.  Yo... | Read More

    • Judit Polgar retires from competitive chess

      Instead of the sisters, Judit Polgar has never participated in the women's tournaments, having never concealed that her goal was the title of world champion of chess. In her career she has managed to defeat many samples titrated as Garry Kasparov... | Read More

      • Francy1998
      • | Feb 19, 2015

      How often do you see a master cheat? Have you ever witnessed a player being banned right in front of your eyes?   I was just watching a live chess game and I witnessed something pecuilar on chess.com; AN FM WAS BANNED (cause: cheating) I think... | Read More

      • jakesabeast
      • | Feb 18, 2015
    • White playing against the French Defense - The Tarrasch Variation

      French Defense players love to play against opponents who are unschooled against its attack.  They aim to get white's center pawns to fall and then steam roll their queenside pawns in a torrent pawn storm, until white's drowning in an attack. ... | Read More

    • G-force

      Black piles up forces along the g-file and then breaches the wall with a rook sac. | Read More