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    • Nabokov on Chess Problems: Composers and Solvers

      I remember one particular problem I had been trying to compose for months.  There came a night when I managed at last to express that particular theme.  It was meant for the delectation of the expert solver.  The unsophisticated might miss the ... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Aug 30, 2012
      • | 2845 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Endgame: The Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer

      Due to hit stores and your favorite eBook reader tomorrow, 1 February, Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall, is surely a must-have for all chess players and students of the game. Written by Frank Brady, author of the well-receiv... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jan 31, 2011
      • | 2962 views
      • | 23 comments
    • Rybka & Houdini Go Head-to-Head

      The "Elite Match" between Rybka 4.0 and Houdini 1.5a at the TCEC (Thoresen Computer Engines Competition) has just ended.  Houdini won by a margin of 7 games.  Season 2 of the tournament will be starting in about five days. Houdini 1.5a is a ... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jan 28, 2011
      • | 5822 views
      • | 62 comments
    • Stamma's Chess Notation

      Below is an example of Stamma's notation.  It is taken from the 1745 English edition of his influential book The Noble Game of Chess (originally published in French as Essai sur le jeu des echecs). His system is similar to our own algebraic n... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Nov 23, 2010
      • | 1730 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Civ 5 vs Chess

      I just got my copy of Civilization V today.  It is about the only video game that still appeals to me...but it is EXTREMELY appealing.  I'm just finding my way around this iteration, but it seems to emphasize complex combat more than other versi... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Sep 26, 2010
      • | 2508 views
      • | 11 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
      • | 4154 views
      • | 11 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
    • Happy Birthday, CCSCSL !

      Tweet: Today was a rest day for the US Women's and the Junior Closed.  It was also the second birthday of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.  The chess players celebrated by having fun.  Yes, chess doesn't always have to be a k... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 16, 2010
      • | 670 views
      • | 1 comment
    • US Women's Championship Starts Today

      The US Women's Chess Championship begins today with this evening's opening ceremony at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. The board battles, however, start tomorrow, and the tournament room will be home to two long-time antagonists:  Zatonsk... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jul 9, 2010
      • | 705 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Movers in the Women's Ratings

      FIDE has just released its July ratings for women's chess. If there is a Carlsen on the distaff side of the board, I suppose it would have to be China's Hou Yifan, who is only 16 years old but ranked 3rd among the world's women players. Hou Yif... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jun 30, 2010
      • | 1127 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Alan Turing and Run-Around Chess

      Alan Turing, one of the fathers of the modern computer and one of the great geniuses of the 20th Century, was also a long-distance runner of some repute.  He was also a mediocre chess player.  But he combined running and chess in a creation usu... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jun 15, 2010
      • | 3377 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Watching Shogi from Silicon Valley

      I consider myself a nonplaying chess fan.  I do play chess, but so poorly that I don't think it counts.  When I play, it's for love of the game, and more importantly I think, to make me a better fan.  Unfortunately, the chess-fan subculture u... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jun 8, 2010
      • | 719 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Habu Wins Shogi Title 4-0

      Japanese shogi champion Habu Yoshiharu won a third-straight Meijin title by defeating Miura Hiroyuki 4-0 in the 68th annual Meijin championship. The match, held this year at the Johnan Club in Fukuoka Japan, concluded on 18 May.  Winning the M... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Jun 7, 2010
      • | 1145 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Project Gipf: An Award-winning Series of Abstract Games

      Project Gipf is a set of six abstract games invented by the Belgian designer Kris Burm.  Individual games in the series have won numerous awards including Games magazine's "Game of the Year". Tamsk was originally part of the series, but has si... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | May 4, 2010
      • | 1651 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Commentary: 2010 Arimaa World Championship Game

      Here's a link to the video and commentary on the final game in the 2010 Arimaa World Championship between Karl Fritz Juhnke and Jean Daligault.  This game features an early breakthrough and goal on the c file. http://www.motionbox.com/videos/d49... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Apr 23, 2010
      • | 1379 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Arimaa Commentary: RonWeasley vs Fritzlein

      Here's a video of a nicely commented Arimaa correspondence game.  This video provides some good ideas about Arimaa strategy and tactics, and gives an indication of just how complex the game is.  Commentary is by Karl Fritz Juhnke (Fritzlein)... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Apr 11, 2010
      • | 1759 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Navia Dratp E-mail Game

      Updated 12 May Here's an e-mail game of Navia Dratp that I'm playing online with a friend. Navia Dratp is a chess-like game inspired by shogi.  I'm basically presenting it without comment, but if you are interested in finding out more about... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Apr 7, 2010
      • | 10258 views
      • | 18 comments
    • Santana Row Chess Park

      Here's a chess video recorded at the wonderful Santana Row chess park in San Jose, California.  (This is not my own video...I just found it on YouTube.) Warning: this video is boring...just some guy talking about his chess game...so I suggest yo... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Dec 2, 2009
      • | 2526 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Cyberboard: A Chess Variant Construction Set

      Although Cyberboard was originally designed to play historical simulation games (aka wargames), I think it is a great resource for all lovers of chess variants. Cyberboard allows you to play a game via email using a GUI (graphical user interface)... | Read More

      • qixel
      • | Oct 6, 2009
      • | 3011 views
      • | 3 comments