Choose Your Move Carefully

...in chess as in life.


    • Chess Analytics: Differences in Material and Mobility, Part 1

        In my previous post (click here) I introduced the concepts of material and mobility in 138,761,123 individual moves from 1,696,607 games where both players have Elo ratings of at least 2000.  We saw that black’s mean (average) material is a... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | May 14, 2016
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    • Chess Analytics: Introduction to Material and Mobility

      In my previous post (click here) I discussed the distribution of the lengths of almost 1.7 million expert-level and higher games.  This post will be the first of several to discuss the concepts of material and mobility, as well as their interpla... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | May 3, 2016
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    • Chess Analytics: The Long and the Short of It

      It has been 6 years since I posted to this blog, and I thought my return should introduce something completely new and fascinating – Chess Analytics.  By that I mean the application of modern Data Science analysis to chess game data, and for th... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Apr 23, 2016
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    • Coordinate Chess

      I think many chess players assume that the ubiquitous Algebraic Notation in use today is a relatively new invention and supplanted the older English or Descriptive Notation that one finds in older chess books.  I believed that myself until I bega... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Apr 6, 2010
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    • The Language of Chess

      All but the most casual chess players are familiar with Algebraic or Standard Notation such as 1. e4  e5  2. Bc4  Nf6 and all serious students of the game are conversant in the Descriptive Notation that is still found in classic chess books:  ... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Mar 31, 2010
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    • Chess as a Guide to Life

      While for Bobby Fischer chess may have been life, for most of us it is merely an enjoyable, albeit challenging pastime.  However upon deeper reflection, chess may be seen as an insightful model and guide to life, as appropriate for us as any ches... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Mar 20, 2010
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    • The Best Chess Quotes You've Never Seen, part 2

      Nearly two years ago I posted part one of this blog and since that time I have been collecting new quotations as I encounter them in my readings.  As before, I will offer a small sampling of information with each quotation in the hopes that it wi... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Mar 6, 2010
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    • Do You Telegraph Your Moves?

      Given the use of the web that allows individuals to play chess regardless of how far apart they actually live, we may make the following unremarkable claims.  The barrier of space is no longer insurmountable, and each year’s discoveries, by fac... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Feb 21, 2010
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    • Who was the Sicilian?

      Everyone knows that the Ruy Lopez Opening is named after a Spanish priest; and that the Giuoco Piano is named after a reclusive Italian monk, as I revealed to the world in a previous blog.  But not everyone knows that the Sicilian Opening draws i... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Feb 12, 2010
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    • Is the Queen Worth 9.94 Pawns?

      Chess players are obsessive creatures.  One player may make it his life’s ambition to become an expert on some arcane opening line, say the Soltis Line of the Yugoslav Attack of the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defense.  There is actually ... | Read More

      • kurtgodden
      • | Feb 2, 2010
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