Garry Kasparov - Taking A Stand

Garry Kasparov - Taking A Stand

SonofPearl
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Jan 13, 2009

It's nearly 4 years since Garry Kasparov announced his retirement from competitive chess to take on new challenges in the dangerous world of opposition politics as leader of The Other Russia organisation. BBC Radio 4 has a fascinating interview w...

Why are there so few women GMs?

Why are there so few women GMs?

SonofPearl
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Dec 28, 2008

The sound you can hear is a can of worms being opened... Fear not; I'm not going to debate the answer to the question in the title of this blog post, but I was fascinated to read a recent article of this title which questioned the idea that there...

Der Spiegel on Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal'

Der Spiegel on Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal'

SonofPearl
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Dec 14, 2008

It seems that chess only hits the headlines when there's a scandal or controversy of some sort.  The popular German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has published a story on the Ivanchuk 'Doping Scandal' - English translation here. It's a good summary...

WCC Coverage - Making It Happen

WCC Coverage - Making It Happen

SonofPearl
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Oct 29, 2008

When Erik first asked me in early October what I would be doing to cover the WCC for Chess.com, my initial reaction was that work commitments would prevent me from covering the games live. But I simply couldn't shake the idea of covering the game...

Nice Flash Chess Game

Nice Flash Chess Game

SonofPearl
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Oct 25, 2008

Wow, I haven't written a blog post in ages!  This one will be short and sweet.  I just wanted to share my discovery of a nice looking flash chess website: http://flashchess3.com/ It has very nice 3D graphics and the piece movements are very smoo...

Chess Ratings: A Necessary Evil?

Chess Ratings: A Necessary Evil?

SonofPearl
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Sep 7, 2008

Rating (noun): a classification according to order, rank or value ... an estimated value of a person's position (From Chambers 21st Century Dictionary). Why do we have chess ratings?  Shouldn't arguments over who is the best player be settl...

Chess Icons and Wallpaper

Chess Icons and Wallpaper

SonofPearl
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Aug 30, 2008

. I'm always on the lookout for chess related computer wallpapers, icons etc., so I was pleased to discover the website 'Virtual Pieces' which has lots of high quality chess icons and some neat chess wallpapers - all free! Personally, I'm rat...

What is the best form of tie-break?

What is the best form of tie-break?

SonofPearl
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Aug 3, 2008

Sometimes things are just too close to call...   The US Women's Chess Championship in May this year ended in controversy as the title was decided in an 'Armageddon' tie-break match. The Chief Organiser of the event, Tom Braunlich, re...

Making friends at Chess.com

Making friends at Chess.com

SonofPearl
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Jul 13, 2008

I have had the pleasure of corresponding with many fellow chess players at Chess.com and have become friendly with quite a few, but today was the first time I actually got to meet one of them in the flesh. Waldemar is from Amsterdam in the Netherl...

Shiny new chess icons

Shiny new chess icons

SonofPearl
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Jun 29, 2008

I just love messing about with the set up on my computer.  I often tweak my Firefox settings, desktop background etc, so I was very pleased to be contacted just recently by a talented gentleman called Peter Wong who has designed a very nice s...

The good old (descriptive) days

The good old (descriptive) days

SonofPearl
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May 25, 2008

Once upon a time (especially in the US and UK) chess games were recorded using the beautiful descriptive notation.  I'm sure most players at Chess.com are well aware of this, but there may be some kids to whom this comes as a shock. ...

The road to chess improvement - falsification!

The road to chess improvement - falsification!

SonofPearl
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Apr 24, 2008

You're playing a chess game and it's your turn to move.  You decide to analyse a move that looks like it could be good.  How do you decide if your instinct is right or not? You can either look for evidence to back up your idea - ...

Fischer article in The (UK) Times

Fischer article in The (UK) Times

SonofPearl
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Apr 21, 2008

I don't normally reproduce articles from other sources, but this one is fascinating for anyone, like me, who has an interest in Bobby Fischer's final years and the competing claims on his Estate. I'm also reproducing it here to ensure ...

The next top bloggers?

The next top bloggers?

SonofPearl
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Apr 9, 2008

There are some great bloggers here at Chess.com;  just check out the list of top bloggers here. However, there are so many blogs that it's hard to sort the wheat from the chaff.  As the top bloggers are rated by the number of reads i...

Rough and Tumble

Rough and Tumble

SonofPearl
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Apr 4, 2008

There's nothing quite like the excitement of a full-blooded tactical game of chess to get the pulse racing.  As the saying goes, chess is 99% tactics, so mastery of this aspect of the game pays dividends.  Or so I've heard. ...

Physician, heal thyself!

Physician, heal thyself!

SonofPearl
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Mar 23, 2008

What makes a good teacher?  In particular, what makes a good chess teacher?  Not all strong players will be able to teach well, but surely a deep understanding of the game is important if you are trying to help form the thinking process ...

It's more than just a game

It's more than just a game

SonofPearl
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Mar 21, 2008

  I was delighted to receive my Chess.com T-Shirt recently and look forward to becoming a walking billboard for Chess.com!  My wife managed to stop laughing at how excited I was long enough to take a photo of me!   The back view, fe...

Melody Amber

Melody Amber

SonofPearl
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Mar 16, 2008

Today marks the start of the Melody Amber chess tournament, being held this year in Nice.  Melody Amber often throws up interesting games because instead of standard time controls, half the games are rapidplay games and the other half are bli...

I want my Chess.com fix!

I want my Chess.com fix!

SonofPearl
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Mar 3, 2008

  Do you access Chess.com from the internet while at work?  Count yourself lucky.   Until recently my employer's policy on personal internet use was very clear - you couldn't do it.  At all.   Forget it. ...

Frustrated with Fritz?

Frustrated with Fritz?

SonofPearl
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Mar 2, 2008

  Fritz is a great piece of software, but new users are often frustrated by the very slim paper manual (more of a leaflet, really).   This is a shame because the answers to most questions about the program are usually easy to find a...

Luck in Chess

Luck in Chess

SonofPearl
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Feb 23, 2008

Chess is a game of perfect information - all the information about the game (the position) is available to both players.  No pieces are hidden, no dice roll will determine how you can move next.  Despite this, chess is so exponentially c...

Anand is human - shock!

Anand is human - shock!

SonofPearl
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Feb 17, 2008

We all know that chess is a difficult game, so it is somehow reassuring when a top player makes a mistake - and they don't come any better than World Champion Vishy Anand from India. In his second round game at the current Linares tournament, ...

Shaking hands before a game is now MANDATORY.

Shaking hands before a game is now MANDATORY.

SonofPearl
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Jan 21, 2008

When you play a competitive OTB (over the board) game of chess, do you shake your opponent's hand at the start of the game?  Yes, of course you do.  It's a common civility that is extended to your opponent.  What if you don&...

The pain of losing...

The pain of losing...

SonofPearl
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Jan 13, 2008

In one of my previous blog posts I wondered whether the pain of losing a chess game is greater than the joy of winning (or vice versa). It seems that scientific research has provided an answer.  Apparently humans are naturally risk averse and...

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