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  • USCL 2012 Preview: East

    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

    Chess... by the numbers! Our favorite game is amazing. | Read More

  • Anand/Topalov Trivia

    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

    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

  • The Evaluation of Material Imbalances (by IM Larry Kaufman)

    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

    • Status

       Ratings Online Chess 1416 Highest: 1833 (Mar 8, 2010) Avg. Opp.: 1479 Best Win: 2132 (podbacx) Today‘s Rank: #86,721 of 426,881 (79.2%) Total Games: 6968 (3145 W/ 3696 L / 127 D) Chess960 1201 Highest: 1525 (Jul 11, 2009) Avg. Opp.: 12... | Read More

    • 2013-2014 Training Recap

      My chess "fiscal year" ended June 30, 2014, when I completed my first year of serious chess training in my effort to achieve a herculean goal as an adult improver in his mid-forties. So how did it go? It generally went well. I know I have im... | Read More

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      • | Jul 10, 2014
    • Topic: Explaining male predominance in chess

      There is an active topic on the boards right now by that title. The subject was met with derision, and outright hostility, by some of the guys, so ... | Read More

    • Hey, I cracked the top 50,000!

      Okay, I'm just kidding around.  But I have been pressing buttons and icons, still finding my way around the site, when I pressed the 'Full Stats" button and found out that I was ranked ------>  #49,487 of 423,463 Woo hoo! Now back to havin... | Read More

    • Age vs. Elo - Your battle against time

      Following my recent blog of what your chances are to beat Carlsen (or any other elite player), I was wondering about the importance of age in chess. Of course, it’s never too late to play chess and it’s good for your mental fitness at any age,... | Read More