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    • How Not To Cheat At Chess

      Talented chess players seem to get younger every year, probably with the help of ever-ready chess computer software to play against. However, a recent game from the 2016 Victorian Chess Championships shows that chess ethics may sometimes lag behin... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Aug 27, 2016
      • | 912 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Is Kirsan's FIDE Reign Over?

      These are troubled times for the unloved leader of FIDE Kirsan Illyumzhinov, having sanctions imposed on him by the U.S. Government and being accused of trading Daesh (or Isis/Isil whatever) oil. Reports today suggest that Kirsan has finally step... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Dec 6, 2015
      • | 2311 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Magnus Carlsen Profile

      An in-depth profile of Magnus Carlsen by the New Yorker in 2011 is now freely available on their website. It's definitely worth a read if you have half an hour to spare. My favourite excerpt:  Carlsen said that, for him, great chess playing is l... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jul 24, 2014
      • | 4838 views
      • | 6 comments
    • FIDE ban phones from chess venues

      The latest changes to the official FIDE laws of chess have taken the hard-line of banning mobile phones from playing venues completely. This will apply to all FIDE rated events, although there is dispensation for individual tournaments to specify... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | May 28, 2014
      • | 12381 views
      • | 25 comments
    • In-Depth Magnus Carlsen Interview

      Last week at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, California, the world champion Magnus Carlsen was interviewed before an audience by Paypal Founder and chess enthusiast, Peter Thiel. If you want to hear the champion speak at length and you have... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 20, 2014
      • | 4964 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Carlsen Trash Talking...

      OK, this is officially my new favourite chess video. Magnus Carlsen trash talks with French GM Laurent Fressinet in a friendly blitz game (during preparation for his world championship match with Anand). Carlsen wins by a surprise checkmate, but L... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 18, 2014
      • | 10460 views
      • | 22 comments
    • A Point Of View: The Turk

      The chess Candidates Tournament currently being held in London isn't getting a lot of direct publicity, but it does seem to be sparking off chess-related articles in the media. The BBC radio show "A Point of View" has weekly reflections on topica... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Mar 24, 2013
      • | 5290 views
      • | 3 comments
    • The Isle of Man 'Lewis Chessmen' Stamps

      The Isle of Man has produced some nice stamps featuring the famous Lewis Chessmen. I've always liked the style of these 12th century pieces - an amazing historical artefact! See more here. Our Medieval Treasure Island We are pleased to presen... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 18, 2013
      • | 6216 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Beating a GM with the Morra Gambit!

      The Morra Gambit is hugely popular at amateur level despite being regarded by "theory" as insufficient compensation for a pawn. Grandmasters aren't supposed to lose against the Morra Gambit, but GM Viesturs Meijers (Elo 2479) of Latvia lost to An... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jan 11, 2013
      • | 6203 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Excellent Judit Polgar Interview!

      In a week's time Judit Polgar will be competing in the London Chess Classic against the best chess players in the world. Judit has been the strongest female chess player for two decades, and has achieved this by competing with the best men rather... | Read More

      • SonofPearl
      • | Nov 24, 2012
      • | 6744 views
      • | 11 comments