The Final Countdown! PCL Championship Weekend

The Final Countdown! PCL Championship Weekend

shaun
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Mar 23, 2017

This is it, the last dance is fast approaching, and twinkle toes Wesley So is not about to be put in the corner.   With dramatic chess on Saturday and Sunday, we will know the winner of the PCL before Monday.  But, if you wanted to kno...

PCL QUARTER FINALS

PCL QUARTER FINALS

shaun
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Mar 14, 2017

One thing became ultimately clear last week, and that's that having a Super GM on your team is a real advantage.  Now, would this be true if their full rating was averaged into the team's stats?  I don't know.  But what I do know is...

Playoff Season! Round Number Dos!

Playoff Season! Round Number Dos!

shaun
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Mar 7, 2017

Oh yeah peoples!  As they say in Highlander 2 . . . wait, did anyone watch Highlander 2?  I'M SO SORRY!  You deserve better than that. And you know what's better than Highlander 2?  LITERALLY EVERYTHING--but especially better...

Playoff Season!  Who Will Rule?

Playoff Season! Who Will Rule?

shaun
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Feb 28, 2017

Hello you beautiful people! Let's dig into the very first Play-off Season of the Future of Chess that is the PCL.  It's time to put on our chess beanies and dig in! MAGNUS VS **Cough cough** I mean, GNOMES VS MOVERS: Norway has gone ...

Pre-Playoff Punches!

Pre-Playoff Punches!

shaun
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Feb 21, 2017

This will be an interesting one to watch.  Many teams have clinched their playoff spots, and I expect them to play with a little less fervor.  However, many teams are battling to make it in, and I expect them to go ALL OUT.  Here ...

The FIRST BIG Showdown: PCL Week 6

The FIRST BIG Showdown: PCL Week 6

shaun
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Feb 13, 2017

Boom baby!  Not only were my predictions Top Friggin' notch last week, all of my featured predictions were correct.  Every. Single. One. Read it and weep, (or rejoice, you know, pending on what teams you were going for). But this week ...

Saturday Slaughter: PCL Predictions Week 5

Saturday Slaughter: PCL Predictions Week 5

shaun
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Feb 10, 2017

Welcome back PCL lovers to another extraordinary day of futuristic explication.  Some of the tastiest match-ups this whole season are happening THIS SATURDAY so put on your Chess beanies and grab that chess mug your friends gave you for Chris...

Secrets of Pro Chess League, Week 4!

Secrets of Pro Chess League, Week 4!

shaun
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Jan 31, 2017

After this prolifically prodigious prestidigitator properly predicted the two biggest upsets of the last two weeks, I feel safe in saying that the next great PCL surprise is contained in the predictions below. Don't believe me? Well too bad! His...

PCL Predictions 3: Nostradamus In the HOUSE

PCL Predictions 3: Nostradamus In the HOUSE

shaun
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Jan 24, 2017

This blog certainly had its doubters after week 1, but who has two thumbs and knew that the Towers would CRUSH the Lions?   THIS GUY! With a good showing yesterday, we've come up to the middle of the crystal ball prediction pack, and we'l...

PCL is Back and Ready for Love!

PCL is Back and Ready for Love!

shaun
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Jan 17, 2017

Welcome back guys to another round of predictions.  As you may have noticed, I was pretty much the 3rd best crystal ball last week in our predictions competition.  Since I was tied for third and there's five of us, I think it's clear tha...

The Ultimate Chess Ballad You Never Knew You Needed

The Ultimate Chess Ballad You Never Knew You Needed

shaun
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Oct 3, 2016

I know, I know, there just aren't enough chess songs. Next to a cure for cancer, it's probably the thing humanity needs the most.  Imagine my surprise, then, when I went to watch my friend perform, only to be blessed with the ultimate coffe...

Shaun V World: When to be Stubborn

Shaun V World: When to be Stubborn

shaun
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Jul 4, 2016

Round seven day 3, still in the hunt for prize money at the World Open, I completely botched my opening as white in a Sicilian.  I let the dreaded accelerated dragon accelerate like a punk.  And the worst part, and let me know if you fee...

Shaun V World: Sorry Botvinnik! I Didn't Mean it!!!

Shaun V World: Sorry Botvinnik! I Didn't Mean it!!!

shaun
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Jul 3, 2016

Rounds 4 and 5 of the World Open happened yesterday. Like all young strapping U1600 players, my head was filled with hopes of glory and prize money--but dreams are for the weak! After bombing a game where I was up a pawn, I came back into round ...

Do You Need a New Chess Clock? Review of the Vtek300

Do You Need a New Chess Clock? Review of the Vtek300

shaun
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Apr 19, 2016

In popular culture, the game of chess is synonymous with high intelligence. Those of us who play the game often have our quiet suspicions about the accuracy of this, but it’s clear that clock manufacturers believe that we’re geniuses. ...

5 Things that Make Commentated Chess Watchable

5 Things that Make Commentated Chess Watchable

shaun
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Dec 9, 2015

I love watching chess. I know, I’m weird, but try to get past that for a second. Chess is, after all, the sport I love. When I watch people of my level or better play, I get the same thrill of competition as I do watching a soccer or baske...

That Awkward Moment When . . .

That Awkward Moment When . . .

shaun
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Nov 12, 2015

. . . an 1100 player logs onto chess.com for some 3 minute blitz and ends up playing Gata friggin Kamsky.  When Chess.com asked if I’d head down to Vegas to help cover a booth at the Millionaire Chess tournament, I couldn’t say ...

Barbarians in DC!  Chess.com vs World Open, Day 6

Barbarians in DC! Chess.com vs World Open, Day 6

shaun
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Jul 6, 2015

After a brief stop to check out the monuments, it was time to return to chess! Outgunned again by over 100 ELO points for my eighth consecutive game as I entered the final round (not sure what the odds on that were) I no longer cared about thi...

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