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    • Novelty Chess Sets

      I have a few chess sets, and one 'best' set (pictured) that looks and feels great.  Chess sets can come in all sorts of sizes, designs and materials to suit just about any taste or budget.  From pocket sets to giant sets, plastic to rare a... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 27, 2010
      • | 14337 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen Profile

      A short profile of Magnus Carlsen with brief snippets of an interview is available via the AFP news agency. They used the most miserable photo of Magnus I've ever seen (not the one on this page) and called him sulky! He recently completed high ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 22, 2010
      • | 4157 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Chess Film - "A Game For Two"

      I just discovered this wonderful short film and simply had to share it here at Chess.com! Written and directed by Stelios Koukouvitakis, it won the Platinum Remi award at the 42nd International Houston Film Festival. SynopsisVictoria, a ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 10, 2010
      • | 5305 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Some St.Valentine's Day Romance

      Once she may smile, or thrice, thy soul to fire,     In passing by, but when she turns her face, Thou must persist and seek her with desire,     If thou wouldst win the favor of her grace. And if, like some winged bird, she cleaves the air... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 7, 2010
      • | 1330 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Computers and Chess

      There's an interesting blog post on TechRepublic about the influence of computers in chess, and how GM's such as Hikaru Nakamura use them to help prepare for their opponents. Chess may not have the mass-market appeal of more “active” sports l... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 5, 2010
      • | 1789 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Garry Kasparov Reviews...

      The latest edition of The New York Review Of Books magazine features an absolutely fascinating review by Garry Kasparov of the book "Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind" by Diego Rasskin-Gutman. You can read the review here. | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 25, 2010
      • | 5901 views
      • | 22 comments
    • The Worst Way To Lose?

      I'm currently playing a lot of games against opponents quite a lot stronger than myself, and I'm having a pretty hard time of it.  By way of some repentant self-flagellation, I have exhibited two horrible losses below for your entertainment. So ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 7, 2010
      • | 4245 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen TIME Magazine Profile

      TIME magazine has a profile of Magnus Carlsen in their next issue.  You can read the online version here. Nice to see Magnus getting some really high-profile coverage in the wider world outside chess circles! An interview from the last edition... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 2, 2010
      • | 4451 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Carlsen v Karjakin Blitz Video

      A few videos of blitz games from the recent World Blitz Championship have emerged on YouTube.  This is my favourite, between Carlsen and Karjakin on the final day (round 34). It's great to see an actual video of the game, to remind us just how q... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Nov 20, 2009
      • | 5885 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Magnus: 2900 is not impossible

      Dylan Loeb McClain has a few nice quotes from Magnus Carlsen following on from his win in Nanjing in his latest NY Times 'Gambit' chess blog. Link here. I think 2900 Elo may be too much to ask, but the fact that he thinks it's possible shows his ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Oct 13, 2009
      • | 9603 views
      • | 35 comments