"Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More
When I was still playing in tournaments I answered 1.e4 with various Sicilian lines (Richter-Rauzer, Accelerated Dragon, Paulsen and Taimanov systems, etc.) and the Caro-Kann.
I always loved the Caro-Kann, and at the end of my career it became m... | Read More
I had stumbled across the archived "New York Times" obituary notice for Edmar Mednis (February 22, 2002, by Dylan Loeb McClain). The obit, of course, reviews his life, but pivots on the point that, although Mednis (pictured left in 19... | Read More
Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it is.
This reminds me of the punchline to the old joke that I already mentioned in this article: "who ... | Read More
Professor: It's good to see you, class.
The kids didn't say much. A few of them even looked sad.
Professor: Why so pale and wan, if I may ask?
Rachel: Well, the semester's coming to an end.
Professor: That's true. But you've all learned... | Read More