Some chess players love to play offbeat openings.
I knew one class-A player who was a die-hard devotee of the Vulture Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Ne4?!). He was showing me a book (why do they kill trees to publish such books?) that explaine... | Read More
The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away.
Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More
Professor: Hello, Class. Happy Halloween!
(Smiles and good cheer.)
Zephyr: Do you have any treats for us today, Professor?
Rachel: You know, like tricks or treats.
Lucian: I really like gummy bears.
Zephyr: Forget gu... | Read More
“Did you have a nice Halloween?” the Professor asked both Zephyr and Lucian who, once again, were in class together.
Both of the Professor’s prized students nodded in agreement.
The Professor continued: “I’m curious. What did y... | Read More
Chess is a scary game – as Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his book The Luzhin Defense (which, if you haven’t read, you should!):
Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his han... | Read More