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    • Kasparov Versus Carlsen

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 30, 2010
      • | 8786 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Anand In-Depth Interview

      It may be somewhat out-of-date, but an hour-long interview (conducted in December 2009, before his succesful title defence) has now been transcribed in full and published in three parts by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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 13, 2010
      • | 2416 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Where Did It All Go Right?

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 10, 2010
      • | 1548 views
      • | 9 comments
    • The Beautiful Games

      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

      • SonofPearl
      • | Jun 3, 2010
      • | 6707 views
      • | 38 comments
    • 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
      • | 16642 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
      • | 9067 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
      • | 2981 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
      • | 4642 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
      • | 13640 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
      • | 73773 views
      • | 12 comments