Chessbase has published part one of an interview with Vishy Anand where he describes some of the help he received before and during his title defence with Topalov.
While Topalov relied on a staggeringly powerful computer for his preparation, Anan... | Read More
The FIDE president that is! Many chess players have little or no interest in the murky business dealings of the world chess governing body, FIDE.
However, even if you have no interest in chess politics you may be interested to know that the curre... | Read More
If you are lucky enough to have your very own iPad, then being a chess fan you will no doubt be looking for a killer chess app to run on the device.
Fortunately, Shredder Chess is now available for the iPad. Shredder is a 12-time world computer... | Read More
I wrote recently about my personal ineptitude when it comes to anything DIY-related, but many members commented on that blog post expressing an interest in making chess boards and even pieces.
There's nothing quite like a beautifully made chess s... | Read More
Now that I have a computer it's hard to imagine life without it. But my wife had to use all her powers of persusion to get me to buy one. "What will we use it for?" was my plaintive cry.
The answer, I now realise, can be summed up in two word... | Read More
The USCF website has a nice interview by Jennifer Shahade with Katie Dellamaggiore, the director of the upcoming "Chess Movie" about the US scholastic team from I.S.318, as previewed here.
When I started out it seemed that the chess subculture h... | Read More
Chatroulette is the latest internet craze that's become widely reported in the mainstream media.
If you haven't already heard about it, the idea is simplicity itself - users are randomly paired for a video chat on their webcam. That's it. Once ... | Read More
I recently enjoyed reading an entertaining book by the behavioural economist Dan Ariely called "Predictably Irrational".
Ariely's book is an absolute goldmine of fascinating insights into how our behaviour can be totally irrational in a predictab... | Read More
Although my chosen screen-name is SonofPearl, I am also proud to be the SonofRay.
My Dad (pictured!) is now retired, but was a welder by trade and is one of those people who can turn his hand to any physical or mechanical task.
I fondly remembe... | Read More
The ChessBoxing night at the Dome Sports Hall in North London that I mentioned in a recent news report was apparently a great success.
A news report on the event is below...
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