Coming up soon on the BBC World Service is a two-part documentary on chess.
The publicity blurb goes like this:
Chess is an ancient game and its popularity has spanned many centuries – but how is it faring in modern times? Simon Terrington,... | Read More
A while ago I blogged about whether chess could work on television, and fondly recalled an earlier era before the internet when chess WAS on TV - at least in the UK anyway.
More and more of these early experiments in chess TV are magically appear... | Read More
The rights and wrongs of women-only chess events are frequently debated ad nauseum, but I nevertheless found this article interesting - especially since it includes brief audio interviews with Irina Krush and Sam Shankland recorded at the recent U... | Read More
Those of you who enjoy tweeting, like me, might be interested to know that world chess champion Vishy Anand has supposedly joined Twitter with the name @vishy64theking
I say "supposedly" because it's not a verified account, but it seems plausible... | Read More
Tom Gauld is a Scottish cartoonist and illustrator. He currently has a regular weekly cartoon in the UK Guardian newspaper on Saturdays.
His website is here.
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Following on from the recent news regarding the competing claims to the estate of the late Bobby FIscher, the Icelandic authorities have confirmed that his body has been exhumed and tissue samples taken in order settle a paternity dispute.
ITN Ne... | Read More
With Magnus Carlsen now the #1 on the official FIDE ranking list by a clear margin, and closing in on Garry Kasparov's record 2851 Elo, you have to wonder how they would fare in a match against one another.
Sadly, unless Kasparov decides abandon ... | Read More
It may be somewhat out-of-date, but an hour-long interview (conducted in December 2009, before his succesful title defence) has now been transcribed in full and published in three parts by Chessbase.
Most interviews barely scatch the surface of t... | Read More
I don't blog about my games a lot, but I was quite pleased with two of my recent online games here, and feel proud enough to publish them.
I've posted two horrible losses before, so I think I deserve my moment in the sun...
Both these games were... | Read More
Very soon one of the biggest sporting events in the world will take place in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on 11 June in Johannesburg, and lasts for exactly one month.
Football (or soccer, if you hail from America/Canada) is ofte... | Read More