It's another new year again, that time of the year when we are filled with renewed hope and determination to improve ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually.
In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd blog about a few of my resolutions in ... | Read More
Former world champion Garry Kasparov was still arguably the best chess player in the world when he retired in 2005, and he casts a long shadow over the current crop of players trying to make an impact.
Despite his involvement with Russian politic... | Read More
I love chess. I hate reality TV shows. I have no idea what to make of the concept of a reality TV show based around chess.
"American Chess Star" is the name of the show. I've watched the trailer below, and I still have no idea what the show will ... | Read More
Hou Yifan has just retained her Women's World Chess Championship title by beating Humpy Koneru 5½-2½.
The excerpts below are from an interview by A. Karolvich and A.Burtosava at the official match website.
How did you prepare for the match?
I... | Read More
Shape up scruffbags! At the latest meeting of the General Assembly of the European Chess Union (ECU) in Greece it was agreed that from 1 January 2012 all players taking part in ECU events will have to abide by a dress code or face expulsion from ... | Read More
The game below is unremarkable for me, especially the fact that I lost , but it is significant because it's the first LIVE game that I've played on the new updated Chess.com iPhone app!
I love it! Thanks to all the clever coding guys who made it ... | Read More
The game of Chess has stood the test of time, lasting for centuries with few changes to the basic rules. Here are eight reasons why chess is the best game in the world.1. Easy To Learn, Hard To MasterThe basic rules of chess are so simple to ... | Read More
Every now and then I stumble across a little gem on YouTube. Here are two videos of a 13 year-old Carlsen beating Karpov and drawing with Kasparov at the 2004 Reykjavik Rapid tournament.
Wonderfully made and fascinating to watch!
First a blitz g... | Read More
I'm always on the look out for interesting reading material, and recently discovered The Browser, (thanks to Stephen Fry) which has the admirable aim of "creating a 21st century library of Writing Worth Reading".
Among the articles on topics as d... | Read More
30 years ago - on 1 August 1981 - MTV launched on an unsuspecting American public and music was never the same again. It was a revolution which spread around the world and which changed the whole music industry.
Fast forward to today... | Read More