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
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
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
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
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...
| Read More
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