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
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...
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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
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
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
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
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
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
I just discovered this wonderful short film and simply had to share it here at Chess.com!
Written and directed by Stelios Koukouvitakis, it won the Platinum Remi award at the 42nd International Houston Film Festival.
SynopsisVictoria, a ... | Read More
Once she may smile, or thrice, thy soul to fire, In passing by, but when she turns her face, Thou must persist and seek her with desire, If thou wouldst win the favor of her grace.
And if, like some winged bird, she cleaves the air... | Read More