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    • Does Katy Perry Play Chess?

      Pop star Katy Perry is so famous that even I have heard of her. This is no mean achievement since I pretty much stopped listening to chart music circa 1992 . Since Ms. Perry is extremely famous I have to assume that the first picture at this link... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 10, 2012
      • | 6545 views
      • | 17 comments
    • Prada's Chess Playing Models!

      The fashion label Prada must think that chess is cool, because they're latest advertising campaign includes models playing something that looks suspiciously like chess. I'm not sure that models are exactly the sort of people who would best promot... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 9, 2012
      • | 5160 views
      • | 6 comments
    • The Most Exciting World Chess Championship Ever?

      Seville, 1987. The two greatest chess players in the world are nearing the end of a titanic struggle for supremacy. Garry Kasparov, the champion, is determined to hold onto the crown that he fought so hard to gain in 1985/6.  The former champion... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 17, 2012
      • | 6193 views
      • | 20 comments
    • Kick Start Battle Chess!

      Chess.com members of a certain age may remember the early days of computer chess when the hugely popular Battle Chess software brought entertainingly gory chess set animation to the masses. In recent years there have been attempts to recreate som... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 11, 2012
      • | 11077 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Kirsan's Rich And Famous Friends...

      The FIDE website posts fairly frequent updates about the "working visits" of president Kirsan Illyunzhinov to countries around the world, most of which are usually, to me at least, of little interest I must admit. But, the latest update about ou... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 26, 2012
      • | 2474 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Show Some Love For Your Favourite Chess Store

      One of the lesser known parts of Chess.com is the store directory [EDITED in 2013 - links have been updated to direct to the actual shops instead] where there are links to many online chess shops, along with reviews from Chess.com members (see bel... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 13, 2012
      • | 4165 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Awesome Online PGN Game Viewer

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 11, 2012
      • | 10325 views
      • | 19 comments
    • Kenneth Rogoff On Chess And Debt

      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 ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 6, 2012
      • | 10208 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Play Chess With Magnus Carlsen!

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 25, 2012
      • | 5992 views
      • | 10 comments
    • SuperMariov 10th Anniversary Tribute

      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 (... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 23, 2012
      • | 1637 views
      • | 2 comments