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    • Osmosis—Chess Mastery Made Easy

      There are almost as many ways of learning to play chess as there are players. Some people study assiduously; some learn just enough to get by; others take pride in never having studied the game at all; still more just enjoy pushing around those i... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jan 17, 2009
      • | 3085 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Mobile Gambit and a Hyper-Flank Opening

      If you haven't read SonofPearl's new post about “Proposed FIDE Rule Changes” you should get yourself over there and read them now. In fact, if you're not tracking SonofPearl you're missing one of chess.com's most informative sources. He list... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jan 10, 2009
      • | 2764 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Uncle Cyril and Lightning Chess

      I first met Uncle Cyril in the 1970s when I joined a correspondence tournament (you know, letters, envelopes, stamps, snail mail). Coincidentally, after we signed on for the tournament he moved from a Sydney beach-side suburb to the Blue Mounta... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Jan 3, 2009
      • | 1668 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Capa Goes to Hollywood

      Capablanca's reputation was such that he was famous far beyond chess circles and was a genuine celebrity in his own right. As a celebrity he often found himself in company with the glitterati of the time, among them a Hollywood movie director who... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Dec 26, 2008
      • | 1731 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Capa and the Devil

      Yesterday davejitsu asked where he might learn about masters from the past. I made a few suggestions, including our own Chess History Group and Batgirl's blog, and then he came back and asked whether I thought Capablanca or Fischer was the better... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Dec 21, 2008
      • | 6515 views
      • | 32 comments
    • Chess Tattoo

      In a local shopping centre the other day I saw a rather large girl in a low-cut dress. She had a treble clef and a couple of quavers tattooed on her breast. She had good skin tone and colour, and in spite of her weight the tattoo was attractiv... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Dec 14, 2008
      • | 25977 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Santa's Mate

      It was two days before Christmas at the North Pole and Santa had just returned from kibitzing at the European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw. The elves had worked well in his absence and he was looking forward to a trouble-free Christmas Eve ... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Dec 1, 2008
      • | 3313 views
      • | 22 comments
    • Chess blindness or neuronepaenia?

      Do you suffer from chess blindness?  Do you sometimes, in spite of the relatively unlimited time allowed on chess.com, make an error that would have been obvious to a backward five year-old with a squint? I do, and I never realised why until my... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Nov 27, 2008
      • | 5203 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Shark in the Park

      Although bluebottles in the surf may be more of a problem than sharks, sharks can sometimes create problems for chess players. Especially sharks in the park. Sharks in the park come in many guises and with vastly differing talents. During the 1... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Nov 22, 2008
      • | 2887 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Bluebottle Chess

      Playing chess can be a bit like swimming in the surf. Everything may look safe enough above the breakers but all manner of nasties lie below. Visitors to Australia often ask about the danger of shark attack, but those are so rare that most loca... | Read More

      • Dozy
      • | Nov 18, 2008
      • | 1826 views
      • | 14 comments