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  • 6 Ways To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release. But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #70: Three Easy Pieces

    Professor: For the 70th time, hello class. A few indistinct words, some smiles. Lucian: I can't believe I've been here 70 times. Zephyr: For once we're in agreement. Professor: Anyone want to talk about the class in general?  Zephyr: In gene... | Read More

  • All About Mary

          Mary Weiser Bain always seemed to have gotten lost in the shadows of Mona May Karff and Gisela Gresser.  But this pioneer of women's chess in the United States played no less a role.  While Gresser was home-grown, Mary Bain was born in... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket

    Who is the best chess player of all time? Today, World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads Vishy Anand 1.5-0.5 after two games at the world chess championship in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is the 16th classical world chess champion — mor... | Read More

  • Don't Get Brainwashed!

    I bet you've all heard an old joke where a man returns from a business trip one day earlier than planned and catches his wife with another man. She denies that anything is going on between her and that man trusts her, even though the obvious evide... | Read More

    • amazing numbers

      " Very interesting & meaningful msg to share: If: A B C D E F G H I J K LM N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is equal to: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Then, H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K ; 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11=98% ... | Read More

    • Beauty of Chess Design

        When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or constructing a mechanism of some kind by which you win or lose. –Marcel Duchamp. We saw before that chess masters build up their position by setting up pieces harmoniously.... | Read More


      The Zen of Chess From The Dhamma Encyclopedia Dr. David Snyder with one of his chess sets Note: The following is adapted from articles that were previously written and published in Chess publications, authored by Dr. David N. Snyder. T... | Read More

    • 60+ years of playing chess part2 chess in sweden

      soat the end of 68  iwas in SWEDEN and not atPENN STATE university a being coached by GM  DONALD BYRNE . Mmy first stop in sweden was in upplands vasby a town about 30 km from STOCHOLM . i learned swedish and joined the chess club in UPPLANDS VA... | Read More

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      • | Dec 12, 2014
    • Hugging the world

      Here's a quick little puzzle that's kinda cool: Imagine that someone (or, probably many people) managed to tie a rope around the entire world, lying it on the ground across the equator. You could say that the rope literally hugs the whole earth, ... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Dec 11, 2014


  • Mathematics and chess

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    The number of possible chess positions after White’s first ply move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves).  There are 400 possible chess positions after two ply moves (first ply move for White followed by first ply move for Black).  Th... Read More »