USCL 2012 Preview - East
If you are interested in the rubric based on which I'm evaluating these teams; or in my predictions for the Western Division, they can be found here. If you don't know what the US Chess League is, it is an exciting, prof... | Read More
Chess... by the numbers! Our favorite game is amazing.
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Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand was born on December 11, 1969 in Chennai, India. Veselin Topalov was born on March 15, 1975 in Rousse (Ruse), Bulgaria.
Anand is now 40.Topalov just turned 35.
Topalov’s father taught him to play chess at the age of ... | Read More
Chigorin Ruy Lopez and the Mystery of Statistics
Niranjan Navalgund asked:
My question is about the Chigorin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 ... | Read More
Every novice soon learns a table of [DH: "average"] material value for the pieces, the most popular being 1-3-3-5-9, but with a bit more experience he learns that this table is not always reliable. There are two reasons for this: one is that an ac... | Read More