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    • An Introduction To Boris Gelfand

      When Boris Gelfand won the Candidates event in Kazan to earn the right to challenge Vishy Anand for the world title it was the pinnacle - to date - of a long chess career. But although Gelfand has been competing at the top level for two decades, ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 1, 2011
      • | 4926 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Discover Your Russian Grandmaster Name!

      Who hasn’t dreamed of being a chess grandmaster? But if you were a Russian chess grandmaster, what would be your name?  With sincere apologies to all Russians, not to mention women, now you can find out by following the four easy steps belo... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 27, 2011
      • | 10150 views
      • | 92 comments
    • 10 Ways You Look Like A Chess Newbie

      So you think you’re a cool chess dude, but is it obvious to everyone else that you’re a chess newbie? Here are 10 pitfalls you need to avoid to help you shed the newbie tag!1. You don’t know all the rulesYes, I’m serious. Who taught you t... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 22, 2011
      • | 23735 views
      • | 83 comments
    • Chess Score-Sheet iPhone App

      I'll say it quietly, but I've heard rumours that some of the members here at Chess.com play chess games with actual physical pieces made of wood or plastic on a real board. Sounds crazy, but hey, it might just catch on! If you are one of these p... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 17, 2011
      • | 12248 views
      • | 44 comments
    • More BBC On Chess In Schools (Video)

      My last blog was about a BBC report on the decision by Armenia to make chess in schools compulsory. In the UK, Malcolm Pein is behind the Chess In Schools And Communities initiative which is campaigning for something similar in UK schools. Malco... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 10, 2011
      • | 4286 views
      • | 17 comments
    • The BBC on Armenian Chess In Schools

      The decision by the Armenian government to make chess in schools compulsory has put chess in the mainstream media headlines around the world for positive reasons for a change. Despite some evidence to suggest that chess helps improve critical and... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 25, 2011
      • | 6334 views
      • | 34 comments
    • Bobby Fischer in Life Magazine 1972

      Even from the grave, Bobby Fischer can arouse strong emotions. In an analogous way to Godwin's Law, any discussion about Fischer, however benevolent it may begin, eventually seems to degenerate into a pointless debate about his mental health and a... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 2, 2011
      • | 8490 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Chess News Report On CNN

      I'm generally not a great fan of using the game of chess as a metaphor for the 'game of life', but it's always nice to see chess getting some positive coverage in the mainstream media. More power to you Orin "Checkmate" Hudson! (H/T Dan Heisman ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 30, 2011
      • | 5021 views
      • | 22 comments
    • Korchnoi At Amber

      Macauley Peterson is a "freelance mediamaker" according to his website, and is carving out a reputation for excellent quality chess videos at major events. As an example, Macauley was recently covering the Amber tournament in Monaco and captured ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 26, 2011
      • | 3322 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Women Chess Stars Succeed In Poker

      Chess stars Almira Skripchenko of France and Dinara Khaziyeva of Canada have qualified for the final of the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles. I've no idea how great an achievement this is, but congratulations to both of them... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 22, 2011
      • | 6044 views
      • | 12 comments