Win Free Chess Gear From Endgame!

Win Free Chess Gear From Endgame!

SonofPearl
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Jun 9, 2011

The coolest chess gear available has to be from Endgame, The Original Chess Apparel.  The company aims to produce chess T-shirts that you would be proud to wear in public; that look cool even to our non-chess playing friends! Now, Endgame are abo...

8 Ways To Make The Most of Your Premium Membership

8 Ways To Make The Most of Your Premium Membership

SonofPearl
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Jun 4, 2011

So you've taken the plunge and bought a premium membership at Chess.com. How can you make the most of your investment?1. Watch Chess Video Lessons (Diamond Members)There are literally hundreds of instructional videos by titled players which are ...

An Introduction To Boris Gelfand

An Introduction To Boris Gelfand

SonofPearl
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Jun 1, 2011

When Boris Gelfand won the Candidates event in Kazan to earn the right to challenge Vishy Anand for the world title it was the pinnacle - to date - of a long chess career. But although Gelfand has been competing at the top level for two decades, ...

Discover Your Russian Grandmaster Name!

Discover Your Russian Grandmaster Name!

SonofPearl
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May 27, 2011

Who hasn’t dreamed of being a chess grandmaster? But if you were a Russian chess grandmaster, what would be your name?  With sincere apologies to all Russians, not to mention women, now you can find out by following the four easy steps below. ...

10 Ways You Look Like A Chess Newbie

10 Ways You Look Like A Chess Newbie

SonofPearl
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May 22, 2011

So you think you’re a cool chess dude, but is it obvious to everyone else that you’re a chess newbie? Here are 10 pitfalls you need to avoid to help you shed the newbie tag!1. You don’t know all the rulesYes, I’m serious. Who taught you to play c...

Chess Score-Sheet iPhone App

Chess Score-Sheet iPhone App

SonofPearl
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May 17, 2011

I'll say it quietly, but I've heard rumours that some of the members here at Chess.com play chess games with actual physical pieces made of wood or plastic on a real board. Sounds crazy, but hey, it might just catch on! If you are one of these p...

More BBC On Chess In Schools (Video)

More BBC On Chess In Schools (Video)

SonofPearl
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May 10, 2011

My last blog was about a BBC report on the decision by Armenia to make chess in schools compulsory. In the UK, Malcolm Pein is behind the Chess In Schools And Communities initiative which is campaigning for something similar in UK schools. Malco...

The BBC on Armenian Chess In Schools

The BBC on Armenian Chess In Schools

SonofPearl
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Apr 25, 2011

The decision by the Armenian government to make chess in schools compulsory has put chess in the mainstream media headlines around the world for positive reasons for a change. Despite some evidence to suggest that chess helps improve critical and...

Bobby Fischer in Life Magazine 1972

Bobby Fischer in Life Magazine 1972

SonofPearl
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Apr 2, 2011

Even from the grave, Bobby Fischer can arouse strong emotions. In an analogous way to Godwin's Law, any discussion about Fischer, however benevolent it may begin, eventually seems to degenerate into a pointless debate about his mental health and a...

Chess News Report On CNN

Chess News Report On CNN

SonofPearl
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Mar 30, 2011

I'm generally not a great fan of using the game of chess as a metaphor for the 'game of life', but it's always nice to see chess getting some positive coverage in the mainstream media. More power to you Orin "Checkmate" Hudson! (H/T Dan Heisman ...

Korchnoi At Amber

Korchnoi At Amber

SonofPearl
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Mar 26, 2011

Macauley Peterson is a "freelance mediamaker" according to his website, and is carving out a reputation for excellent quality chess videos at major events. As an example, Macauley was recently covering the Amber tournament in Monaco and captured ...

Women Chess Stars Succeed In Poker

Women Chess Stars Succeed In Poker

SonofPearl
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Feb 22, 2011

Chess stars Almira Skripchenko of France and Dinara Khaziyeva of Canada have qualified for the final of the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles. I've no idea how great an achievement this is, but congratulations to both of them...

Kasparov Reviews New Fischer Biography

Kasparov Reviews New Fischer Biography

SonofPearl
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Feb 16, 2011

The new Bobby Fischer Biography "Endgame" by Frank Brady looks like essential reading for chess fans interested in the great champion. Excerpts are available at the US Amazon website, and Garry Kasparov's review in the New York Review Of Books is...

New Chess Movie: 'Mate'

New Chess Movie: 'Mate'

SonofPearl
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Feb 9, 2011

'Mate' is not exactly packed with stars, but it has got a Baldwin brother...sadly it's Stephen . However it does also feature cameos by Susan Polgar and Jennifer Shahade, who are also listed as co-producers. Presumably their job was to make sure ...

Checkmate For Gambit Blog

Checkmate For Gambit Blog

SonofPearl
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Feb 2, 2011

Sad news for readers of the New York Times chess blog 'Gambit' by Dylan Loeb McClain - it's coming to an end with immediate effect. McClain explains in the comments to his extremely brief final post that he will still be working for The Times, wr...

How Your Brain Picks The Best Move

How Your Brain Picks The Best Move

SonofPearl
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Jan 20, 2011

Japanese neuroscientists have published interesting results about how our brains work, from testing professional Shogi players.  The result? Nurture beats Nature. Expertise in any area is the result of long serious training... Which is good news...

Free 'Chess' Magazine

Free 'Chess' Magazine

SonofPearl
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Jan 15, 2011

The British chess magazine imaginatively named 'Chess' has made a special version of its January 2011 edition available free of charge in electronic format. It's quite a few years since I had a subscription to Chess, but the quality seems as high...

Teimour Radjabov Interview

Teimour Radjabov Interview

SonofPearl
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Jan 7, 2011

At the age of 23 the Azerbaijani GM Teimour Radjabov has qualified as one of the eight world championship candidates that will face off in Russia in May. Radjabov recently gave an interview to the ExtraTime website in his home country and I am in...

Capablanca and Euwe Speak

Capablanca and Euwe Speak

SonofPearl
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Dec 31, 2010

It's rare to find old audio of the great chess champions, let alone film, so it's a special treat that some footage of the great Jose Capablanca (pictured) and Max Euwe has surfaced on the wonderful interwebs YouTube Link here. Other old chess ...

Magnus Carlsen Interview

Magnus Carlsen Interview

SonofPearl
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Dec 9, 2010

Just before the start of the London Chess Classic, Magnus Carlsen spoke to the Telegraph newspaper about his life. There are some interesting little nuggets of information, and it's always nice to see chess in the mainstream media. You can read ...

Chess In Translation

Chess In Translation

SonofPearl
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Oct 20, 2010

There is plenty of media coverage of chess around the world, but many of the juiciest morsels are not in the English language, and automated translation sites like Babelfish or Google Translate are far from perfect. Enter "Chess In Translation". ...

Erik is a Tough Mudder!

Erik is a Tough Mudder!

SonofPearl
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Oct 14, 2010

I'm sure he's too modest to post this himself, but Erik has just become a Tough Mudder!!!  Congratulations Erik, it must have been really hard work!

Battle Vs Chess

Battle Vs Chess

SonofPearl
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Sep 22, 2010

I've previously blogged about Battle Vs Chess, first back in March and then in June. Now finally, after some delays, it seems that the release date really is imminent, on 28th September in the US (12th Nov in the UK) for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Th...

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