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
The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More
Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Read More
Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master.
A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More