Seeking The Endgame: Chess Documentary

Seeking The Endgame: Chess Documentary

SonofPearl
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Aug 30, 2010

Coming up soon on the BBC World Service is a two-part documentary on chess.  The publicity blurb goes like this: Chess is an ancient game and its popularity has spanned many centuries – but how is it faring in modern times? Simon Terrington, a ...

More Vintage Chess on TV

More Vintage Chess on TV

SonofPearl
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Aug 25, 2010

A while ago I blogged about whether chess could work on television, and fondly recalled an earlier era before the internet when chess WAS on TV - at least in the UK anyway. More and more of these early experiments in chess TV are magically appear...

A League Of Their Own?

A League Of Their Own?

SonofPearl
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Aug 16, 2010

The rights and wrongs of women-only chess events are frequently debated ad nauseum, but I nevertheless found this article interesting - especially since it includes brief audio interviews with Irina Krush and Sam Shankland recorded at the recent U...

Is Vishy Anand On Twitter?

Is Vishy Anand On Twitter?

SonofPearl
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Aug 10, 2010

Those of you who enjoy tweeting, like me, might be interested to know that world chess champion Vishy Anand has supposedly joined Twitter with the name @vishy64theking I say "supposedly" because it's not a verified account, but it seems plausible...

Bobby Fischer's Remains Exhumed

Bobby Fischer's Remains Exhumed

SonofPearl
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Jul 6, 2010

Following on from the recent news regarding the competing claims to the estate of the late Bobby FIscher, the Icelandic authorities have confirmed that his body has been exhumed and tissue samples taken in order settle a paternity dispute. ITN Ne...

Kasparov Versus Carlsen

Kasparov Versus Carlsen

SonofPearl
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Jun 30, 2010

With Magnus Carlsen now the #1 on the official FIDE ranking list by a clear margin, and closing in on Garry Kasparov's record 2851 Elo, you have to wonder how they would fare in a match against one another. Sadly, unless Kasparov decides abandon ...

Anand In-Depth Interview

Anand In-Depth Interview

SonofPearl
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Jun 13, 2010

It may be somewhat out-of-date, but an hour-long interview (conducted in December 2009, before his succesful title defence) has now been transcribed in full and published in three parts by Chessbase. Most interviews barely scatch the surface of t...

Where Did It All Go Right?

Where Did It All Go Right?

SonofPearl
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Jun 10, 2010

I don't blog about my games a lot, but I was quite pleased with two of my recent online games here, and feel proud enough to publish them. I've posted two horrible losses before, so I think I deserve my moment in the sun... Both these games were...

The Beautiful Games

The Beautiful Games

SonofPearl
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Jun 3, 2010

Very soon one of the biggest sporting events in the world will take place in South Africa.  The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on 11 June in Johannesburg, and lasts for exactly one month. Football (or soccer, if you hail from America/Canada) is often...

Battle Vs Chess - Again

Battle Vs Chess - Again

SonofPearl
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Jun 1, 2010

Back in March I blogged about the new Battle Vs Chess software which was due out in May.  The latest news is that the release has been put back until sometime in the autumn. On the plus side there are some more screenshots available to whet the a...

Can Chess On TV Work?

Can Chess On TV Work?

SonofPearl
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May 21, 2010

Can chess work as entertainment on television for a lay audience?  And even if it can, is the internet a better medium anyway to spread and promote the game? Many years ago, before Tim Berners-Lee had his stroke of genius, British television aire...

Anand: With A Little Help From His Friends

Anand: With A Little Help From His Friends

SonofPearl
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May 19, 2010

Chessbase has published part one of an interview with Vishy Anand where he describes some of the help he received before and during his title defence with Topalov. While Topalov relied on a staggeringly powerful computer for his preparation, Anan...

The President and the Aliens

The President and the Aliens

SonofPearl
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May 6, 2010

The FIDE president that is! Many chess players have little or no interest in the murky business dealings of the world chess governing body, FIDE. However, even if you have no interest in chess politics you may be interested to know that the curre...

Shredder Chess on the iPad

Shredder Chess on the iPad

SonofPearl
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Apr 23, 2010

If you are lucky enough to have your very own iPad, then being a chess fan you will no doubt be looking for a killer chess app to run on the device. Fortunately, Shredder Chess is now available for the iPad.  Shredder is a 12-time world computer ...

Making Your Own Chess Set

Making Your Own Chess Set

SonofPearl
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Apr 17, 2010

I wrote recently about my personal ineptitude when it comes to anything DIY-related, but many members commented on that blog post expressing an interest in making chess boards and even pieces. There's nothing quite like a beautifully made chess s...

The Zen Master and the Chess Game

The Zen Master and the Chess Game

SonofPearl
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Apr 10, 2010

Now that I have a computer it's hard to imagine life without it.  But my wife had to use all her powers of persusion to get me to buy one.  "What will we use it for?" was my plaintive cry. The answer, I now realise, can be summed up in two words....

Interview With "Chess Movie" Director

Interview With "Chess Movie" Director

SonofPearl
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Apr 6, 2010

The USCF website has a nice interview by Jennifer Shahade with Katie Dellamaggiore, the director of the upcoming "Chess Movie" about the US scholastic team from I.S.318, as previewed here. When I started out it seemed that the chess subculture h...

Chatroulette Chess? No Thanks!

Chatroulette Chess? No Thanks!

SonofPearl
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Apr 4, 2010

Chatroulette is the latest internet craze that's become widely reported in the mainstream media. If you haven't already heard about it, the idea is simplicity itself - users are randomly paired for a video chat on their webcam.  That's it. Once y...

Predictably Irrational Chess

Predictably Irrational Chess

SonofPearl
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Mar 25, 2010

I recently enjoyed reading an entertaining book by the behavioural economist Dan Ariely called "Predictably Irrational". Ariely's book is an absolute goldmine of fascinating insights into how our behaviour can be totally irrational in a predictab...

How To Make Your Own Chess Board

How To Make Your Own Chess Board

SonofPearl
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Mar 20, 2010

Although my chosen screen-name is SonofPearl, I am also proud to be the SonofRay. My Dad (pictured!) is now retired, but was a welder by trade and is one of those people who can turn his hand to any physical or mechanical task. I fondly remembe...

ChessBoxing News Report

ChessBoxing News Report

SonofPearl
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Mar 17, 2010

The ChessBoxing night at the Dome Sports Hall in North London that I mentioned in a recent news report was apparently a great success. A news report on the event is below...

Carlsen Interview In Der Spiegel

Carlsen Interview In Der Spiegel

SonofPearl
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Mar 16, 2010

Magnus Carlsen is continuing to gain attention in the mainstream media, as evidenced by a new interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Despite being asked the one of the worst possible questions by the interviewer (how many moves can you cal...

Novelty Sets, Part III

Novelty Sets, Part III

SonofPearl
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Mar 15, 2010

Continuing on from my previous posts on novelty chess sets here and here, I couldn't resist just one more set which caught my eye recently.  The board isn't just any old board, it's a motherboard! More pictures of the board and pieces, togethe...

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