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.
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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
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
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!
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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
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
The new Bobby Fischer Biography "Endgame" by Frank Brady looks like essential reading for chess fans interested in the great champion.
Excerpts are available at the US Amazon website, and Garry Kasparov's review in the New York Review Of Books is... | Read More
Today is my 40th birthday, and I had a surprise birthday cake which is easily the best cake I've ever had!
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'Mate' is not exactly packed with stars, but it has got a Baldwin brother...sadly it's Stephen .
However it does also feature cameos by Susan Polgar and Jennifer Shahade, who are also listed as co-producers. Presumably their job was to make sure ... | Read More
Sad news for readers of the New York Times chess blog 'Gambit' by Dylan Loeb McClain - it's coming to an end with immediate effect.
McClain explains in the comments to his extremely brief final post that he will still be working for The Times, wr... | Read More