Following Andy Costello's good performance and much interest in his other sport at Torbay, I wondered if people would be interested in knowing more about chessboxing :
  • Chessboxing article in the Guardian
  • Chessboxing feature on the BBC
  • One of Andy's fights on YouTube
  • The Seven Deadly Chess Books

    Jonathan Rowson is a young Scottish GM who has written two of the best and most important books of recent years: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins and Chess for Zebras.  They are important because they are some of the best discussions about how chess is actually played that I have ever read; often Rowson seems to be writing for the first time about things that have rarely been mentioned, let alone explored in any detail.  The books are also confusing, pretentious and irritating by turns. 

    By the way...

    Tom and Richard were having a look at this game:
    [Event "Bath TV-B"]
    [Site "Bath"]
    [Date "1983.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Miles, Anthony J"]
    [Black "Garcia Gonzales, Guillermo"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "A65"]
    [WhiteElo "2585"]
    [BlackElo "2495"]
    [PlyCount "81"]
    [EventDate "1983.11.??"]
    [EventType "tourn"]
    [EventRounds "6"]
    [EventCountry "ENG"]
    [EventCategory "12"]
    [Source "ChessBase"]

    Learning Opening Lines

    Lots of things to say about this...  Here's half-a-dozen or so little nuggets to ponder, and a bit more practical advice.

    "Of my fifty-seven years I have applied at least thirty to forgetting most of what I have learned or read.  Since then, I have acquired a certain ease and cheer which I should never again like to be without.  (...)  I have stored little in my memory, but I can apply that little, and it is of use in many and varied emergencies.  I keep it in order, but resist every attempt to

    Do chessplayers think?

    The late Simon Webb had a wonderful idea a while ago, to record chessplayers of different strengths for 10 minutes while they considered a chess position.  He published them in Barry Wood's old CHESS magazine in the 1970s, and I've used them before with groups.  We tried this last week; I gave them all this position:

    Fridrik Olafsson
    Svetozar Gligoric

    Los Angeles (1)

    No. 1

    Position for analysis from Simon Webb

    A Thinking Process

    I often think, only a correspondence player has the luxury of adopting a genuinely consistent thinking process. The rest of us have to contend with the clock, our emotions, our laziness...

    I have struggled with this issue all my life, it seems. There has to be something which balances the thorough with the realistic.

    For juniors, I have been playing around with a THINking scheme, which was really driven by the need to correct some common errors; it goes:

    Tactics: combinations and blunders

    [C/D] 10th July 2007.

    1. Chess is 99% tactics , said Richard Teichmann.nbsp; However, 90% of the time, there is no tactic for either side.nbsp; So, as well as any difficulty presented by a complicated position, we also have to counter our natural laziness in not looking out for a rare event, as if each move we are crossing the a quiet country road, and not bothering to check for oncoming


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