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    • 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
      • | 2505 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
      • | 3996 views
      • | 13 comments
    • How To Make Your Own Chess Board

      Although my chosen screen-name is SonofPearl, I am also proud to be the SonofRay. My Dad (pictured!) is now retired, but was a welder by trade and is one of those people who can turn his hand to any physical or mechanical task. I fondly remembe... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 20, 2010
      • | 33770 views
      • | 14 comments
    • ChessBoxing News Report

      The ChessBoxing night at the Dome Sports Hall in North London that I mentioned in a recent news report was apparently a great success. A news report on the event is below... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 17, 2010
      • | 1357 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Carlsen Interview In Der Spiegel

      Magnus Carlsen is continuing to gain attention in the mainstream media, as evidenced by a new interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Despite being asked the one of the worst possible questions by the interviewer (how many moves can you cal... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 16, 2010
      • | 1577 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Novelty Sets, Part III

      Continuing on from my previous posts on novelty chess sets here and here, I couldn't resist just one more set which caught my eye recently.  The board isn't just any old board, it's a motherboard! More pictures of the board and pieces, togeth... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 15, 2010
      • | 1240 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Battle Vs Chess

      If you're a fan of computer games as well as chess, you may be interested to know that a new game called "Battle Vs Chess" is being developed and is planned for release in May on a variety of platforms. If, like me, you are past the first flush o... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 13, 2010
      • | 5431 views
      • | 9 comments
    • More novelty chess sets...

      In my last blog post I was amazed at some of the more bizarre novelty chess sets available. That was nothing!   There are some more amazing sets here...some of the pics are below.  Which one do you like best? Speaking of novelty chess sets, So... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 5, 2010
      • | 7214 views
      • | 16 comments
    • Novelty Chess Sets

      I have a few chess sets, and one 'best' set (pictured) that looks and feels great.  Chess sets can come in all sorts of sizes, designs and materials to suit just about any taste or budget.  From pocket sets to giant sets, plastic to rare a... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 27, 2010
      • | 8852 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen Profile

      A short profile of Magnus Carlsen with brief snippets of an interview is available via the AFP news agency. They used the most miserable photo of Magnus I've ever seen (not the one on this page) and called him sulky! He recently completed high ... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Feb 22, 2010
      • | 3271 views
      • | 13 comments