Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Blue Velvet"She wore blue velvet bluer than velvet were her eyes ..."   On an odd nothing-to-do day I found some velvet on the shelf. Lined two of my personal Stage 1 sets (S1EWB0010+ & S1EBDGT0020+) with it. Nice custom job. Took me hours. Ma...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/blue-velvetWed, 06 Feb 2013 06:34:42 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/blue-velvetChess.com App ClockHere's an update to my recent chess clocks setup tests,  a review of today's Chess.com iOS app update featuring nice and useful digital chess clock:     Best chess clock travel solution by far. Very convenient. Don't even look at specializ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/chesscom-app-clockTue, 05 Feb 2013 13:03:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/chesscom-app-clockOTB Against Deep Fritz 13A test game against a computer running Deep Fritz 13 on a DGT electronic chessboard with the limited edition BCE S1 Eastern Black pieces. This particular set is customized with the king's marks. I don't need them, but I love them. A touch of old c...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/otb-against-deep-fritz-13Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:08:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/otb-against-deep-fritz-13AngeBot the Tiltbot Chess RobotSee the machine in awesome action.     Talk about unprecedented. 74 degrees, nothing even comes close. These are the Best Chessmen Ever.   (It sayz so right there on the box.) -Izmet http://bestchessmenever.com http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/angebot-the-tiltbot-chess-robotMon, 04 Feb 2013 13:14:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/angebot-the-tiltbot-chess-robotThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Pawn)Comparing a few pawns up close. Some good, some bad, some for goats only.     -Izmet http://bestchessmenever.com http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-pawnMon, 04 Feb 2013 05:24:42 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-pawnBest Chessboard SizeSo what is the right board size for your particular chess pieces, really? One rule of thumb goes like this: The king's diameter should be about 75 % of the field size.    Say what?   Numbers are hard. Over here we use a simpler rule of our ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/best-chessboar-sizeSun, 03 Feb 2013 14:04:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/best-chessboar-sizeDiscovering rules of chessRichard Feynman on the rational scientific method; increments and revolutions and castling.     What an eloquent man.   -Izmet http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/discovering-rules-of-chessSun, 03 Feb 2013 02:27:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/discovering-rules-of-chessChess Clocks Setup TestsSetting a modern chess clock is not trivial. Some solve the problem better than the others. Here's an overview of eight popular examples.   Insa: Simple, from another era.   Chronos FX: This is what you want from a day to day clock. Ru...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/chess-clocks-setup-testsSat, 02 Feb 2013 14:05:52 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/chess-clocks-setup-testsAbout a GirlSo a girl asked me to teach her chess and I did. I wanted to get her the best chessmen ever for her birthday. I found cheap, I found expensive.   But I could not find best and would not settle for less. She is that kind of a girl.   So I d...http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/about-a-girlSat, 02 Feb 2013 13:27:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ifekali/about-a-girl