Awesome Online PGN Game Viewer

Awesome Online PGN Game Viewer

SonofPearl
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Mar 11, 2012

With the increasing popularity of 'cloud' computing and online applications for many kinds of tasks, I had wondered for quite a while why no-one seemed to have invented a way of opening and managing PGN files online, eliminating the need to downlo...

Kenneth Rogoff On Chess And Debt

Kenneth Rogoff On Chess And Debt

SonofPearl
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Feb 6, 2012

Kenneth Rogoff (pictured) was a gifted young Grandmaster of the 1970s who quit being an impoverished chess player for a successful and lucrative career in economics. Now, some decades later he is the 58 year-old Professor of Economics at Harvard ...

Play Chess With Magnus Carlsen!

Play Chess With Magnus Carlsen!

SonofPearl
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Jan 25, 2012

The New York chess club Chess NYC has a very special chess camp lined up starting 20 August 2012.  From the ChessNYC website...   A lucky group of young aspiring Chess Masters and game lovers will spend an entire week of Camp with The World's #...

SuperMariov 10th Anniversary Tribute

SuperMariov 10th Anniversary Tribute

SonofPearl
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Jan 23, 2012

Today is the 10th Anniversary of Ruslan Ponomariov winning the 2002 FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow. Regardless of gripes about the KO format and time control (90 minutes + 30 seconds per move), it was a remarkable achievement for the (...

Google Rained On My Picnik!

Google Rained On My Picnik!

SonofPearl
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Jan 21, 2012

I'm a big fan/user of Google services, from Gmail to Reader, Docs to Calendar, not to mention "search" obviously. So I wasn't too concerned when back in March 2010 Google bought the online photo-editing suite Picnik, which has been my photo-edito...

Judit Polgar Interview

Judit Polgar Interview

SonofPearl
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Jan 18, 2012

Judit Polgar is the greatest woman chess player of all-time, heading the women's ratings since 1989 and reaching #8 in the world against her male peers in 2005. After taking some time off to start a family she has been playing more regularly agai...

Could You Be The Best In The World?

Could You Be The Best In The World?

SonofPearl
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Jan 9, 2012

I was absent-mindedly looking through the official FIDE chess ratings when it occurred to me that although I'm never going to be the best chess player in the world (I still wince a bit as I admit that simple fact), I could still potentially be the...

Don't Be The Last To Know!

Don't Be The Last To Know!

SonofPearl
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Jan 4, 2012

Are you the sort of chess fan who wonders why Garry Kasparov doesn't seem to play much chess any more; who thinks Florencio Campomanes is doing a great job with the FIDE presidency, and that Bobby Fischer will definitely be making a co...

My New Year's Resolutions

My New Year's Resolutions

SonofPearl
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Jan 2, 2012

It's another new year again, that time of the year when we are filled with renewed hope and determination to improve ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd blog about a few of my resolutions in ...

Carlsen On Working With Kasparov

Carlsen On Working With Kasparov

SonofPearl
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Dec 31, 2011

Former world champion Garry Kasparov was still arguably the best chess player in the world when he retired in 2005, and he casts a long shadow over the current crop of players trying to make an impact. Despite his involvement with Russian politic...

"American Chess Star" Reality TV Show

"American Chess Star" Reality TV Show

SonofPearl
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Dec 2, 2011

I love chess. I hate reality TV shows. I have no idea what to make of the concept of a reality TV show based around chess. "American Chess Star" is the name of the show. I've watched the trailer below, and I still have no idea what the show will ...

An Interview With Hou Yifan

An Interview With Hou Yifan

SonofPearl
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Nov 25, 2011

Hou Yifan has just retained her Women's World Chess Championship title by beating Humpy Koneru 5½-2½. The excerpts below are from an interview by A. Karolvich and A.Burtosava at the official match website. How did you prepare for the match? It ...

Dress Code For European Chessers!

Dress Code For European Chessers!

SonofPearl
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Nov 14, 2011

Shape up scruffbags! At the latest meeting of the General Assembly of the European Chess Union (ECU) in Greece it was agreed that from 1 January 2012 all players taking part in ECU events will have to abide by a dress code or face expulsion from ...

My First Live Game On The iPhone App!

My First Live Game On The iPhone App!

SonofPearl
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Aug 31, 2011

The game below is unremarkable for me, especially the fact that I lost , but it is significant because it's the first LIVE game that I've played on the new updated Chess.com iPhone app! I love it! Thanks to all the clever coding guys who made it ...

8 Ways Chess Is The World's Best Game

8 Ways Chess Is The World's Best Game

SonofPearl
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Aug 28, 2011

The game of Chess has stood the test of time, lasting for centuries with few changes to the basic rules.  Here are eight reasons why chess is the best game in the world.1. Easy To Learn, Hard To MasterThe basic rules of chess are so simple to u...

Videos: 13-Year Old Magnus Carlsen

Videos: 13-Year Old Magnus Carlsen

SonofPearl
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Aug 21, 2011

Every now and then I stumble across a little gem on YouTube. Here are two videos of a 13 year-old Carlsen beating Karpov and drawing with Kasparov at the 2004 Reykjavik Rapid tournament. Wonderfully made and fascinating to watch! First a blitz g...

Do Waterfalls Play Chess?

Do Waterfalls Play Chess?

SonofPearl
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Aug 15, 2011

I'm always on the look out for interesting reading material, and recently discovered The Browser, (thanks to Stephen Fry) which has the admirable aim of "creating a 21st century library of Writing Worth Reading". Among the articles on topics as d...

I Want My Chess TV!

I Want My Chess TV!

SonofPearl
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Jul 24, 2011

30 years ago - on 1 August 1981 - MTV launched on an unsuspecting American public and music was never the same again.  It was a revolution which spread around the world and which changed the whole music industry.  Fast forward to today a...

Are Time Increments Bad For Chess?

Are Time Increments Bad For Chess?

SonofPearl
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Jul 13, 2011

Please help me out.  I can’t decide whether incremental time controls are a good thing or a bad thing, and until I decide one way or the other the question is gnawing away at me like a tricky mate in 5 that I just can’t solve.Modern digital c...

Are You An Undiscovered Chess Genius?

Are You An Undiscovered Chess Genius?

SonofPearl
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Jul 7, 2011

At its heart, chess is a mathematical game and aptitude for mathematics and chess often go hand in hand. But genius also needs a spark of creativity to make solving problems easy.  If you can whiz through the tricky puzzles below, you're probab...

8 Shortcuts To Chess Improvement

8 Shortcuts To Chess Improvement

SonofPearl
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Jul 2, 2011

The road to chess improvement is normally a long and difficult struggle which requires a lot of hard work and commitment. According to accepted wisdom you should: practice as much as possible by playing lots of games, especially at slow time c...

Is Chess A Game Of Chance?

Is Chess A Game Of Chance?

SonofPearl
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Jun 24, 2011

“Parcheesi was a game that held Bobby’s interest for a while.  He liked moving his tiger and elephant pawns through his opponent’s blockades, but he became furious if, owing to a toss of the dice, he was captured and sent back to ‘Start’...Ulti...

ENDGAME: What Was Bobby Fischer Really Like?

ENDGAME: What Was Bobby Fischer Really Like?

SonofPearl
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Jun 17, 2011

ENDGAME: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise And FallBy Frank BradyPublished by Constable (UK, 2011)Frank Brady is perhaps uniquely placed to write with skill and authority about the enigmatic and controversial 11th World Chess Champion, Bobby Fisc...

Are You Obsessed By Chess? Take The Quiz!

Are You Obsessed By Chess? Take The Quiz!

SonofPearl
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Jun 13, 2011

How significant a part of your life is chess? Can you take it or leave it, or are you totally addicted? Try the not entirely serious quiz below to find out just how obsessed you are with chess! Pick the answer that’s closest to the truth! Sco...

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