No more resolutions!

No more resolutions!

SonofPearl
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Dec 30, 2007

Are chess improvement and chess enjoyment mutually exclusive? Improving one's ability at any game of skill takes dedication, study, practice and application. Where's the fun in that? I'm half joking here of course - I recognize that if...

Ouch! My brain hurts!

Ouch! My brain hurts!

SonofPearl
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Dec 2, 2007

My latest completed game at chess.com really made my brain hurt.  I played the Tarrasch defence to the Queen's Gambit and won a pawn on move 20 due to an oversight by my opponent. Despite this good start, I felt on edge for the whole game...

My Big Fat Chess Quiz Answers

My Big Fat Chess Quiz Answers

SonofPearl
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Nov 28, 2007

Answers to my Big Fat Chess Quiz are below.  Too hard or too easy?  Let me know! The 5 original chess grandmasters were Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch and Marshall.FIDE is the world governing body for chess and it stands for Fede...

My Big Fat Chess Quiz

My Big Fat Chess Quiz

SonofPearl
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Nov 25, 2007

I really enjoy quizzes so I thought I'd set a chess quiz for fellow Chess.com members.  I've tried not to make it too hard, but also tried to have enough tougher questions to sort out the serious chess fans from the dilettantes! &nb...

An unsung hero

An unsung hero

SonofPearl
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Nov 23, 2007

Following on from my solemn promise in my last blog post, I have decided to finish reading '50 Essential Chess Lessons" by Steve Giddins (see my brief review here).  I'm up to game 36 of the 50 and what a corker it turned out to ...

I've started so I'll finish

I've started so I'll finish

SonofPearl
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Nov 18, 2007

One of the failings of the way I study chess is my extremely bad habit of starting reading a chess book and never actually finishing it.   The list below is just a sample of the titles which grace the shelves of my bookcase, but which I have ...

The Art of Losing

The Art of Losing

SonofPearl
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Nov 13, 2007

(With apologies to Josh Waitzkin) After many years of diligent study I have achieved mediocrity in a number of fields and recently had an epiphany when I realised that my skill lay not in any one area, but in that I was in fact a master of the Ar...

My best win at chess.com

My best win at chess.com

SonofPearl
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Nov 8, 2007

After posting 2 blog entries about games I have lost, it's nice to be able to post about one that I won - and in quite nice fashion too, I think. I was pretty pumped up for this win (see picture of me after a recent workout ) because, after sp...

Overlooking the obvious

Overlooking the obvious

SonofPearl
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Oct 28, 2007

Another loss, another lesson.  Never forget the priority of check!  i.e. a check HAS to be dealt with immediately, so it is very powerful.  Forgetting this fact can be costly, and that cost me dearly in this game with my friend ches...

Does chess make you happy?

Does chess make you happy?

SonofPearl
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Oct 22, 2007

Does playing chess make you happy?  Perhaps the answer might not be as obvious as it first appears.  When we win, then of course we are happy; but when we lose we are quite the opposite.  Chess can be bruising to the ego and for mos...

My first loss at Chess.com

My first loss at Chess.com

SonofPearl
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Oct 16, 2007

The title is not as impressive as it sounds once I admit that I've only actually completed 7 games here at Chess.com to date!   It's not that I don't like playing, but I've never been a very prolific player and I don't lik...

What sex is your brain?

What sex is your brain?

SonofPearl
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Oct 14, 2007

Being male is supposed to be an advantage when it comes to chess.  Or, more precisely, having a male brain.  Male brains are, on average, better at dealing with logical and spacial problems, whilst female brains are better at verbal skil...

Welsh/Chess Crossword

Welsh/Chess Crossword

SonofPearl
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Oct 4, 2007

  There's so much to do at chess.com that it's sometimes hard to imagine if there is anything else left.  Well fear not, my friend kajira has posted a crossword at the Welsh Chess.com group.  I think that's a first for ...

Chess and intelligence

Chess and intelligence

SonofPearl
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Sep 29, 2007

One of the few social advantages of being a chess player is that people assume you must be intelligent.  Chess players, of course, know this is simply not true.  I've known plenty of players who could barely string two words together...

The Silver Knights

The Silver Knights

SonofPearl
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Sep 23, 2007

The traditional and outdated image of chess players to many of our non chess-playing friends is one of old gentlemen sitting stooped over, facing one another over a chess board in a crowded and smoky room.  This caricature has never really been tr...

SonofPearl, Reloaded!

SonofPearl, Reloaded!

SonofPearl
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Sep 14, 2007

Hi everybody I'm back! You know how it is when a musical artist splits up from their partner and their next release gets called their ‘divorce album’ because they can’t stop moaning on and on about it (a.k.a. the Phil Colli...

Wish me luck

Wish me luck

SonofPearl
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Aug 8, 2007

Well, I've been hanging on as long as possible before unplugging my computer and packing it up for my long-awaited house move, but the time has finally come. I don't know which is more challenging; moving all my possessions from one house ...

Should chess be a sport in the 2012 Olympics?

Should chess be a sport in the 2012 Olympics?

SonofPearl
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Aug 1, 2007

The question of whether chess is a sport has been debated many times.  The answer depends crucially on whether you regard games as needing a "physical" element to them in order to qualify as a sport.  It is the lack of a physic...

See chess from a different perspective

See chess from a different perspective

SonofPearl
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Jul 29, 2007

I have many so many faults in my chess that's it's hard to know where to start to improve.  I think that identifying a fault is often the easy part; correcting it can take a lot of effort and practice. Fortunately, There is one area i...

Ban the chess simile!

Ban the chess simile!

SonofPearl
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Jul 26, 2007

I'm an easy-going kind of guy.  It usually takes a lot to upset or annoy me.  For instance, my 12 year old washing machine has just broken - a few weeks before I am due to move house.  I managed to brush it off with a shrug and ...

The lost art of adjournment

The lost art of adjournment

SonofPearl
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Jul 20, 2007

In this modern era of GM strength computers, faster time controls and rapidplay finishes, it's sometimes easy to forget that the traditional way to finish a long game was to "adjourn" and play the game to a finish at a later date. Th...

Chess Questionnaire

Chess Questionnaire

SonofPearl
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Jul 19, 2007

There is a chess questionnaire doing the rounds in the chess blogosphere at the moment.  Although I'm a patient sort, I'm not going to wait for it to be sent to me, so I thought I'd complete it anyway here on my chess.com blog! ...

Women Only Events - Good or Bad?

Women Only Events - Good or Bad?

SonofPearl
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Jul 15, 2007

The 2007 US Women's Chess Championship is starting tomorrow in Oklahoma and should provide some interesting chess games. However, I must admit to having mixed feelings about women-only events in chess. Lots of sports have separate tournament...

My Chess 'Den' Dream

My Chess 'Den' Dream

SonofPearl
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Jul 12, 2007

Thanks to my financial prudence and legendary miserliness I will shortly be moving from my current, cramped, 2 bedroomed home to a considerably bigger 4 bedroomed house.  As my wife and I don't have any kids, there should be plenty of ro...

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