Scouring the internet high and low for Chess, Riley grabs the most interesting picks of the litter for the day and shares them with you. If you run across a story that Riley might’ve missed (hey, it happens) feel free to send an email and we’ll put it giving you the kudos!
August 10, 2008
Artic Chess Challenge (BRRRRRR!!!!)
I have to confess, when I first saw the headline – Artic Chess Challenge – I thought it was a tournament among researchers at the Artic Pole. I was wrong. No surprise there and the tournament is instead at the home country of teen phemon GM Magnus Carlsen – Norway. More specifically at Tromso, Norway. The tournament will end sometime today and you can read the most up to date results at http://arcticchess.org/2008/ if you are as intrigued by the title as I was.
August 5, 2008
How Did He Do It?
Magician/Mentalist Derren Brown plays 9 of Great Britain’s top chess players and ends up with an even score. In his own words in the video at http://videos.komando.com/2008/08/05/beating-chess-masters/ Brown explains exactly how he does. I have read about this before, but the video was much more satisfying. Watch it and see how to beat chess masters.
August 4, 2008
Ouch! The fine line between winning and losing
Susan Polgar has provided a very painful example of the fine line between winning and losing on her blog at http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2008/08/fine-line-between-winning-and-losing.html. It has happened to me many times in my games, but never thought I would see it at the strong GM level. Enjoy the game and feel GM Stellwagen’s pain.
Will it be this way in the future?
Anand punished Carlsen in the Rapid World Chess Championship. Will it be this way one day when they compete against each other for the regular World Chess Championship? One has to wonder. Great report on the Rapid Championship at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4811
Great Advice – Annotations vs. Statistics
Want to improve your game? Of course you do, we all do. The question is, “How best to go about it?” Tom Chivers makes some fine recommendations on how to improve your game using both annotations and statistics concerning one’s own games. Read this fine article here http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com/2008/08/improve-your-chess-v-annotations-versus.html
August 3, 2008
Queens’ Gambit Declined “Elephant Trap”
Jrobi;s videos and especially those on chess traps are very instructional and I have wanted to introduce them for some time. This is a perfect introduction that greatly illustrates his ability to use online videos to teach effectively in small bites (usually less than ten minutes. Here it is the elephant trap, but keep visiting his website and find more over time. Go here to enjoy the “Elephant Trap” http://hiphopchessfederation.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/jrobis-chess-traps-4-queens-gambit-declined-elephant-trap/
Nice Article on Problems with Playoffs in Chess
Tom Braunlich wrote a very interesting piece on “Playoff Theory” that addresses many of the problems and potential solutions for Playoffs in Chess. As any organizer can tell you – problems abound with playoffs or with determining trophies with the current systems in play. The author does a good job of describing the pros and cons of the various approaches to the problem – the best I have seen to date and even has some proposals depending on time available for playoffs. In my opinion though, for playoffs to really change, the ‘culture of chess’ has to change. Right now grandmaster draws are still way too acceptable as are results that can be large ties. Both have to change for any of the proposals to have a chance. Time will tell. Read the article at http://main.uschess.org/content/view/8602/468/
What are the ‘best’ or ‘worst’ chess books you have ever read?
The Chessex blog has started a column on the best and worst chess books he has ever read. You can read it here http://chessex.blogspot.com/2008/08/best-or-worst-chess-books-you-have-read.html, but more interesting as his ‘worst list only has one book is what are your nominations for best and worst chess books you have ever read? I have an inquiring mind and want to know. Please send your nominations to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will compile the list and publish the same after I have a sufficient replies to create a list.
August 2, 2008
Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest
I have seen so many links describing chess-boxing as the new wonderful great combination of sports. Balderdash! Finally I have a link that properly describes chess-boxing as one of “The world’s 10 silliest sporting events” ranking right up there with “Wife-Carrying”, “Goat-Polo”, and “Nettle-Eating”. Of course the use of the term ‘sporting events’ is itself an incredibile stretch. To read all about these silly events go to http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/holiday_type/active/article4391833.ece
Interview with GM Kramnik
It was 25 July 08 when the Weekly Euro interviewed GM Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik former world champion and current challenger to GM Vishanathan Anand. It contains some very interesting insight into the old Soviet school of chess. It is well worth the read. You will find it at http://latestchess.com/showInterview.php?id=11&PHPSESSID=d5e5134ab7d5445fea721283d3467bd4
Enjoy The Show!
I have seen any number of these that I cannot make myself sit through, but this one is a delight. For a quick look at a very interesting chess game where a former world champion loses and analysis is provided that a beginner like myself can follow (for the most part) is particularly satisfying. For GM Naiditsch vs GM Kramnik enjoy the show at http://www.searchforvideo.com/watchclip.php?title=Chess+News+%2316%3A+Naiditsch+++Kramnik%2C+Dortmund+2008&link=http%3A%2F%2Frevver.com%2Fvideo%2F1005835%2Faffiliate%2F19710%2Fchess-news-16-naiditsch-kramnik-dortmund-2008%2F&description=Analysis+of+the+chess+game+Naiditsch+-+Kramnik%2C+Dortmund+2008%2C+that+was+surprisingly+lost+by+Kramnik+and+very+well+won+by+Naiditsch.&source=Revver+Videosℑ=http%3A%2F%2Fframe.revver.com%2Fframe%2F120x90%2F1005835.jpg&category=search&searchterm=news
The Cream of the Crop
And it is just that – the cream of the crop. Chess Informant has a new book out based on the 10 best games from 100 individual volumes of Chess Informant. This has to be one sweet collection. To read more about it and see game 727 go to http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review643.pdf
Timelapse Chess … Photography that is!
This is neat. Really enjoyed the video of a game of chess played on a street cafe table with traffic in the background and pedestrians stopping by throughout the game. Could not tell anything about the game, but I got a real kick out of the video. You will too if you go to
Does Chess Belong in the Olympics?
Frankly, I don’t know. Don’t even know what the criteria is or was. I recall years ago, it looked as if it might be a part of the Olympics. Something I was very much in favor of at the time, but for some reason some prominant GMs got their knickers in an uproar over drug testing of all things. Imagine! Didn’t get it then, don’t get it now. Now for a view that currently favors chess as an Olympic event go the the international (strong European flavor) Sportingo to read why they believe Chess belongs in the Olympics at
August 1, 2008
“Staggering” you say?
Just love the headline on this article “Chess has staggering effect on education” – I really do. I mean how often do you see the word ‘staggering’ in conjunction with chess? I confess this is my first time. Nontheless, this is a super article with one downfall – it is in England aka Great Britain and not in the USA. Read the article and wonder just how successful GM Susan Polgar’s efforts to bring chess to the schools might become. The full article is at http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/3211324.Chess_has__staggering__effect_on_pupils__education/
Baseball & Chess
I grew up 30 miles west of Cleveland, so it was really neat to read about a number of Cleveland Indians playing chess in the club house and on the road. Can’t wait to send this article to my Mother and Father who are great fans of the Indians. If you are interested you can read the story at http://www.ohio.com/sports/indians/25206249.html
Chess in Schools?
If this is the question, the incredibly obvious answer is yes. However there is a discussion going on in southwestern Louisiana on this topic. I emailed a friend of mine in Layfayette, LA on this topic and he told me some systems already have chess in the schools in LA. More will soon have them according to this article at http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080715/NEWS01/807150330
Why the interest in RP Chess Olympiad Team?
Pet Peeves About chess Positions on TV Shows
2008 World Chess Champinship Approaches
July 27, 2008
- Love the title “The Chess Decoy” and the Art
- This is a nice little article on setting traps with ‘free’ pieces which turn out not to be so free. Plus the photograph of two beautiful chess Knights makes it worthwhile all on its own. Check it out at http://chessstrategy.blogspot.com/2008/07/chess-decoy.html
- Susan Plogar & Scholastic Chess
- If you want to get an idea on just how popular chess can become in your community, then check out this local article from (of all places) Lubbock, TX. Then check out the links in the article. GM Susan Polgar is onto to something here and it would behoove us to pay attention.http://lubbockonline.com/stories/072708/col_310189028.shtml
- 159 Games in 6 Months!
- In an article about how many games the players headed to the world championship are playing we run across details, not of a SUPER GM, but a GM who simply loves to play. GM Oleg Korneev, Russia, played 159 games in 6 months and was ranked 34 in the world. WOW! Read about it and play over one of his games here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/crosswords/27chess.html?ref=nyregion
July 22, 2008
- h8=Q? Missed Miracle
- GM Alexandra Kosteniuk explains why her opponent did not play 1.h8=Q in a very interenting position. Well worth the read. Actually well worth the listen as it is in the form of a lecture with audio. Very nice. Find it at http://www.chesskillertips.com/videos/chesskillertips055.mp4
- Color Me Frustrated
- This is the second link I have looked at about 600 year old chess piece discovered in northwest Russia. But no picture of the piece, just of the archaeoligical site. Go and see if you share my frustration.http://en.rian.ru/culture/20080718/114352042.html
July 21, 2008
- Seven (only 7?) Deadly Sins – Chess Sins That Is!
- This is a fascinating duel of book reviews presented to us on the pros and cons of the book “The Seven Deadly Chess Sins”. To find out more go to http://gregschess.blogspot.com/2008/07/seven-chess-sins.html
July 13, 2008
MOST FANTASTIC MOVES – EVER PLAYED:
- My, my, my, who in the world thinks he can pick out the 110 MOST FANTASTIC MOVES EVER PLAYED? None other than Tim Krabbe, writer, chess author, etc. I really like his choices too because (in his own words) they contain “incomprehensible King’s moves, sweeping insights, long-term sacrifices, inconspicuous pawn moves, theoretical novelties that no one ever thought of, improbable moves away from the action, and even a few brilliancies. What they all have in common is that some leap of imagination was necessary to find them” In other words they are not moves any and every GM could find although most are played by GMs. You can start with the first 10 at http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/fant100.htm
July 12, 2008
- Captured by terrorists and held captive for five (FIVE!) years, how would you keep your hopes up and your sanity? Believe it or not, you can do it by playing chess. Yes, I know this sounds like ‘great’ fiction for chess players, but it is right out of todays headlines. Read about it and see the hand carved chess set at the following two links (the second has an additional link to a CNN interview). Me? I will choose to avoid capture – thank you very much…http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/kenilworthian/2008/07/chess-helps-hostages.html and/or http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4765
July 11, 2008
- Want to help someone important in your life understand why chess has remained so popular in your life and over the ages? If the answer is yes introduce them to The Immortal Game: A History of Chess by David Shenk. A great read for chess and non-chess players alike and it has chess problems dating back over 1100 years that can be solved today. http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Game-History-Chess/dp/1400034086/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215705431&sr=8-1
July 9, 2008
- “Crush! Maim! Kill!” If that is how you oft times think about your chess game, then you want to read about this book “How to Crush Your Chess Opponents” at http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review641.pdf … don’t be surprised if you end up buying it as well.
- “Life is a game of chess. It is a game of chess within a game of chess.” Now if that did not make you dizzy, I want to recommend this article titled Life Lessons from Chess as I found it to be extremely true from my own experience. I especially liked the section subtitles: “You Are Responsible” “Responsibility is Learned” “In Control, Or Out?” “How to Gain Control” “Rebelling” “We Do It for You” and “Just LIke Playing Chess”. You will find this essay it at http://www.chess.com/article/view/life-lessons-from-chess
July 8, 2008
- Want to direct non-chess players to a link that will convince that chess is a stupid game and maybe, just maybe, make them laugh at the same time, then go Uncylopedia’s article on chess. Some say it is satrical, some say it is exactly on target, I say it’s a hoot and good for a laugh. Try it at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4754
July 7, 2008
- Someone finally created a chess problem site (or at least one finally discovered) that helps you understand why your moves work and don’t work for mate in two and more difficult problems … you can find the problems at a site appropriately named http://www.chessproblems.com/
- What if your car died and came back as a chess set … what would it look like? Find out at http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20080706/recycled-auto-part-chess-set/
July 5, 2008
- Chess is probably the only game you cannot cheat at: http://www.chessforums.org/general-chess-discussion/2387-short-draws-cheating-chess.html
- The 110 most fantastic chess moves ever made … at least according to Tim Crabbe… http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/fant100.htm
July 4, 2008
- New Bobby Fischer (from Norway) is for real – http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-fl06jlchesssbjul06,0,5431844.story
July 3, 2008
- How to use the internet to improve your chess game for real (if you want to do the work): http://nezhmet.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/the-fabulous-00s-the-chessfm-juggernaut/
- Without Romance More Chess …http://statestreet.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/chess-bum/
- Auto cloaking chess pieces – http://www.hardwaresphere.com/2008/07/03/auto-cloaking-chess-pieces/
June 30, 2008
- Pawn jockey? Who are you calling a pawn jockey? http://www.chess.com/news/the-indian-defense-anand-on-chess
June 29, 2008
- Stauton Design Principles same for Software Design: http://theotherthomasotter.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/chess-design-and-software/