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    • Battle Vs Chess - Again

      Back in March I blogged about the new Battle Vs Chess software which was due out in May.  The latest news is that the release has been put back until sometime in the autumn. On the plus side there are some more screenshots available to whet the ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 1, 2010
      • | 8322 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Can Chess On TV Work?

      Can chess work as entertainment on television for a lay audience?  And even if it can, is the internet a better medium anyway to spread and promote the game? Many years ago, before Tim Berners-Lee had his stroke of genius, British television air... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 21, 2010
      • | 5798 views
      • | 30 comments
    • Anand: With A Little Help From His Friends

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 19, 2010
      • | 2356 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The President and the Aliens

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 6, 2010
      • | 2767 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Shredder Chess on the iPad

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 23, 2010
      • | 10079 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Making Your Own Chess Set

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 17, 2010
      • | 47226 views
      • | 12 comments
    • The Zen Master and the Chess Game

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 10, 2010
      • | 4020 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Interview With "Chess Movie" Director

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 6, 2010
      • | 1311 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Chatroulette Chess? No Thanks!

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Apr 4, 2010
      • | 2278 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Predictably Irrational Chess

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 25, 2010
      • | 3713 views
      • | 13 comments