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 "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect."The drama of the past several days involving chess2Knights has, indeed, been truly dizzying. About one year ago, chess2Knights was banned for cheating. Understandably, many members, trusting the site's administration, accepted this as evidence th...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/quottruly-you-have-a-dizzying-intellectquotTue, 26 Nov 2013 21:29:48 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/quottruly-you-have-a-dizzying-intellectquotMy draw offersAfter 145 games, I have never offered a draw in Online Chess. Seven of my draws are "by agreement," and my opponent offered the draw each time. The other five are draws by repetition. Several days ago, I briefly considered offering a draw in one ...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/offering-drawsFri, 18 Jan 2013 17:26:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/offering-drawsMy son's second chess gameMy two-year-old son Isaac just played his second chess game ever, and this time it was a full game. My wife and I had to guide him a great deal in order to help him make legal moves. Other than that, we allowed him to make the first legal move tha...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-sons-second-chess-gameSat, 29 Dec 2012 06:33:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-sons-second-chess-gameMy son's first chess gameMy two-year-old son just played his first chess game. My wife brought up the "Play Against the Computer" feature on Chess.com, and my son asked for help moving pieces. His first move was 1. e2-e4. After he played this, he shouted, "I did it!" The...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-sons-first-chess-gameWed, 01 Aug 2012 14:31:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-sons-first-chess-gameThere he goes again, being all cute ... and brilliant.Maybe I'm just easily impressed by my son, but he never ceases to amaze me. He does things all the time to show how intelligent and perceptive he is. I love seeing how well he's developing and learning to do all sorts of things. This morning, my ...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/there-he-goes-again-being-all-cute--and-brilliantSat, 21 Jan 2012 07:54:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/there-he-goes-again-being-all-cute--and-brilliantThankful for losing Earlier this week, I lost two chess games in a row. In so doing, I doubled my total losses in Online Chess! Though compiling a record of 48-0-4 has been both a challenge and a thrill, and I've worked and toiled hard along the way, I'm glad that t...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/thankful-for-losingWed, 23 Nov 2011 21:18:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/thankful-for-losingIsaac the terribleOne day earlier this week, my 18- (almost 19)-month-old son "threw a fit." I think this was at a neighbor's house, or in their backyard. That's how my wife described it to me, because I was at work when it happened. Then, after this, they went to ...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/isaac-the-terribleThu, 06 Oct 2011 21:35:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/isaac-the-terribleGetting treats and getting trickedHalloween is coming up. I have mixed feelings about that holiday. I mean, I find much to enjoy about it. My wife and I love to give candy to children. I like to make them say "Trick or treat!" before I give them any candy, though. I like to ma...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/getting-treats-and-getting-trickedSun, 02 Oct 2011 19:36:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/getting-treats-and-getting-trickedSo high-strung that we string ourselves along until we're strung upI'd like to tell a story. It is not originally mine, but I like the lesson that it teaches. "It concerns Master Hauchecome, who on market day went to town. He ... noticed a piece of string [lying on the cobblestone]. He picked it up and carefully...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/so-high-strung-that-we-string-ourselves-along-until-were-strung-upSun, 25 Sep 2011 20:47:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/so-high-strung-that-we-string-ourselves-along-until-were-strung-upMy son, the king I am going to brag on my son again. Tonight for dinner, my wife and son and I went to Burger King. My wife got a paper crown for him and placed it on his head. Yeah, I know it's nothing remarkable or groundbreaking. Millions of parents do the s...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-son-the-kingSat, 17 Sep 2011 19:12:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/my-son-the-kingThey will be heroes foreverTen years ago today, countless people's lives changed. The nation changed; the world changed. On a day like today, ten years seems such a short time span. With all the reflection, I'm sure most people keenly remember where they were, what they wer...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/they-will-be-heroes-foreverSun, 11 Sep 2011 20:46:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/they-will-be-heroes-foreverThe best haircut   I got a haircut today. I love getting haircuts. I get to sit in a comfortable chair while I pay someone--a servant, essentially--to spruce me up. I love most every part of the haircut process. The electric clippers massage my scalp. The met...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/the-best-haircutFri, 09 Sep 2011 20:53:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/the-best-haircutA web of honestyI talked at some length in my last post about honesty. I did so because I care a great deal about honesty--and I didn't make that clear enough in my last post. What does honesty mean to me? It is one of the most important ideas in my whole philos...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/a-web-of-honestySun, 28 Aug 2011 22:08:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/a-web-of-honestyA mosaic of my identityI am a fan of the Counter-Strike series of games. My avatar was taken from Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. I love to play as a counter-terrorist every time, and team up with my allies to punish the terrorists as much as possible. Despite my c...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/a-mosaic-of-my-identitySun, 21 Aug 2011 20:46:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/a-mosaic-of-my-identityThat's my boyI have a son. He's 17 months old. He is the most precious, perfect child I have ever seen. I remember thinking that very thought when he was first born, and that I honestly thought that was the objective truth. It wasn't my opinion: he was the cut...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/thats-my-boySun, 14 Aug 2011 19:55:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/thats-my-boyChess: It's A Trap! (my apologies to Adm. Ackbar) In my last post--my first blog entry ever--I alluded to my temporary weariness of chess. Everyone experiences this kind of exhaustion with the game from time to time, so I'm not worried about it. But I have attempted--many times, not just this ti...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/chess-its-a-trap-apologies-to-adm-ackbarSat, 13 Aug 2011 18:42:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/chess-its-a-trap-apologies-to-adm-ackbarNo diving allowed I enjoy playing chess. That should be fairly obvious, since I have an account on Chess.com. So why am I posting to my blog for the first time, instead of playing some games? I've never blogged before in my life--yes, this is my first blog entr...http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/no-diving-allowedFri, 12 Aug 2011 20:54:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/whirlwind2011/no-diving-allowed