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    • 8 Ways Chess Is The World's Best Game

      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 ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 28, 2011
      • | 22497 views
      • | 28 comments
    • Videos: 13-Year Old Magnus Carlsen

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 21, 2011
      • | 10961 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Do Waterfalls Play Chess?

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 15, 2011
      • | 3767 views
      • | 8 comments
    • I Want My Chess TV!

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 24, 2011
      • | 6436 views
      • | 35 comments
    • Are Time Increments Bad For Chess?

      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 digi... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 13, 2011
      • | 15535 views
      • | 48 comments
    • Are You An Undiscovered Chess Genius?

      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 proba... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 7, 2011
      • | 17660 views
      • | 51 comments
    • 8 Shortcuts To Chess Improvement

      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... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 2, 2011
      • | 112170 views
      • | 61 comments
    • Is Chess A Game Of Chance?

      “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 ‘Star... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 24, 2011
      • | 18154 views
      • | 66 comments
    • ENDGAME: What Was Bobby Fischer Really Like?

      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 Fi... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 17, 2011
      • | 23503 views
      • | 22 comments
    • Are You Obsessed By Chess? Take The Quiz!

      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! S... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 13, 2011
      • | 12958 views
      • | 45 comments