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Why We Should Be Playing Chess

Why We Should Be Playing Chess

FM Cats4Sale
| 19 hrs ago

Preferences are fluid and, therefore, change, but I'd have to say that right now my favorite book of all time is perhaps a lesser-known, obscure work by the Brazilian author Jorge Amado entitled "The Double Death of Quincas Water-Yell" because of ...

Chess.com Goes to Court

Chess.com Goes to Court

FM Cats4Sale
| Oct 21, 2022

Some breaking news has just rippled across the entire chess world: the nineteen-year-old wunderkind Hans Niemann is taking the recent chess drama to court. And not only is the instigator Magnus Carlsen dragged along but also Chess.com has gotten c...

Opinion: Magnus/Hans Chess Drama

Opinion: Magnus/Hans Chess Drama

FM Cats4Sale
| Oct 15, 2022

To tell the whole truth and nothing but that (as they say in a court of law, which is where some in the chess community have been speculating things will go next with this recent chess drama), I'm extremely glad about the recent controversy in the...

Some Thoughts on Chess (Ft. the Grunfeld)

Some Thoughts on Chess (Ft. the Grunfeld)

FM Cats4Sale
| Oct 7, 2022

The Grunfeld Defense, which was developed during the hyper-modern era of chess, has always been a popular opening to essay by the player with the black pieces; however, recently it seems to have fallen out of fashion at the very top level for reas...

Why Chess is a Lost Art

Why Chess is a Lost Art

FM Cats4Sale
| Sep 17, 2022

In the recent "Chess960" tournament that just concluded in the world's chess capital, the thirteenth world chess champion Garry Kasparov criticized a move by the winner of the tournament in that it was something he would "never have even considere...

Why Playing Blitz Chess is Bad

Why Playing Blitz Chess is Bad

FM Cats4Sale
| Sep 10, 2022

Blitz is a favorite pastime of many a chess player, and as a youth I used to play it all of the time, whenever I could. After school, I'd often go home and sign onto the "Internet Chess Club" where, contrary to my parents' wishes, I'd try my hand ...

Why UltraBullet Isn't Chess

Why UltraBullet Isn't Chess

FM Cats4Sale
| Aug 9, 2022

The difference between UltraBullet chess and its classical counterpart raises what I think is a very pertinent philosophical question: is the former in fact "chess?” I argue that it isn't, because to be called chess, the game has to meet thr...

Going to a Chess Camp in Kentucky

Going to a Chess Camp in Kentucky

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 16, 2022

This blogpost will be a little different from that of my mini-series on why we should play chess, because with the example that I’m about to expound upon, although I had the experience that I did because of chess, I wasn't actually playing a...

An Introduction to the English Opening

An Introduction to the English Opening

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 16, 2022

The English Opening, which had been essayed in the nineteenth century by the chess champion from the country that bears the name of this chess opening, Howard Staunton, has - from one time or another - been a choice of every world champion (with p...

An Introduction to Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 15, 2022

No, this post isn't a philosophy of chess or even a chess philosophy for that matter. It's just that there's definitely been a trend that I think that I've observed in chess that has caused the rich ideas that the great players have essayed in the...

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Four)

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Four)

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 14, 2022

As I'm wrapping up my series by narrating my adventures in different cities, let me bring your attention to what I blogged about in the fourth part of why we should play chess. I’m thankful to chess for allowing me to be exposed to Turkey, n...

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Three)

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Three)

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 13, 2022

This post will be one of my last of my mini-series on why we should play chess; I'd like to "conclude" this series by generalizing my forays in chess as it relates to different cities - at home & abroad so to speak. So, let me just say one mor...

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Two)

Why We Should Play Chess (Part Two)

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 11, 2022

In our fast-paced, business-oriented dog-eat-dog world, it appears that the concept of vulnerability has been censured by society and that its "nemesis," confidence, has been lauded by peers and professionals alike. Certainly, the gladiator-fueled...

Why We Should Play Chess (Part One)

Why We Should Play Chess (Part One)

FM Cats4Sale
| Jul 9, 2022

What I especially find interesting about this royal game - that we essentially, I think, sign the contract with Mephisto to play - is the pleasure it affords us from the myriad of connections that it yields not only due to physical resemblance wit...

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