The chess engine is very, very weak, but the visualization of its thinking process is splendid.
"....As corny as it sounds, if someone were to offer me all the money in the world, but said I had to give up chess, I wouldn't do it. I'd say, nope, no thanks. You know, I feel sorry for people. I knew guys in New Rochelle who had everything society had to offer, a house, a car, a family. But they just — weren't — happy."
He shook his head. "Chess has opened up a whole new world to me. I have found my happiness."
And looking at him, a big jovial man smiling in the autumn sunlight, I had to agree. Chess is certainly happy.
She was a ranked chess player in the early 1970s, reaching Master status.
For the past five years (2000 to 2005), my chess ranking has stopped rising. It just keep decreasing, I simply play too badly. Sometimes I play irregular chess openings and got punished. Recently I tried e4 c5 Ke2! and f3 e5 Kf2! in two tournament games.
Dr. Jennie Louise Johnson, a daughter of Ellen and Michael Johnson of York, Pa., was married last evening to Tom Edward Byrne, the son of Robert Byrne of Scarborough, N.Y., and the late Florence Byrne....
The bridegroom, 34, is an associate with French & Rafter, a law firm in New York.... His father, who won the United States chess championship in 1972, is the chess columnist for The New York Times.
...when the terribly nerdy get together to talk Trek, late at night in seedy chess bars, few stand up to defend the series that started it all...
It's our 2nd round chess match, and we are already behind 0-1 (of 6), from a game played early.... Robert (our 2nd best player and a close friend) calls me up last night and says he just left the hospital due to some neck muscle injury. I told him to stay home and get better, but being one of our more dedicated players, he says he'll come anyway as long as it isn't in any way health risky. In other words, the guy will be doped up, riding in a cab for an hour, and in a lot of pain, but still plans to play. A man after my own heart. Also an idiot.
Day three of the 31st Guernsey International Chess Festival at the Cobo Bay Hotel was tinged with sadness as news filtered through of the death of the tournament's highly-respected arbiter Steve Boniface.Read "Sad times at the festival" from The Guernsey Press and Star.
Japan's fickle world of shogi, a local derivative of chess, has long been open to ridicule. But, thanks to some prominent knockers, women's shogi in particular is now undergoing something of a boom in popularity, according to Shukan Post.
Prattling away on the taxpayer funded NHK network in the earthy but friendly Kansai dialect of Japanese, diminutive but busty 24-year-old Shinobu Iwane is keeping growing numbers of Japanese abreast of the happenings in the world of women's shogi, aided ably by her ample bosom.
Read "Busty shogi queen helps pad Japanese chess fan base" from Mainichi Daily News.
Bizarrely, chess is unbelievably unpopular. Okay it is popular, but not popular enough....Poker is unbelievably popular, as is the lottery. The lottery is completely based on luck, and you can never say, with any confidence, that the best player will win. Poker also relies on luck, although there is some skill. However, I reckon I could beat (and be beaten by) anybody in the world. I could not say the same for chess. Maybe this is why people like poker, because everybody has a chance to win. Me, I prefer the honesty of chess. If you are bad at chess, no amount of Aces will help you to beat somebody significantly better than yourself. If you want a reliable challenge of mental ability, play chess.
"It's too late to correct it," said the Red Queen: "when you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences." - Through The Looking Glass, L. Carroll
As in chess, as in life.
We need another hackneyed [Cameron] Diaz vehicle like the president of the chess club needs a cold sore on prom night.O.K., this actually has nothing to do with chess, but it was a good excuse to post the picture.
1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
2 large lemons
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
2 tablespoons white or yellow cornmeal
3- 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Prepare bottom layer as directed for Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake.
To make filling, rinse and dry the lemons. Grate the zest and set aside; you should have about 2 teaspoons. Cut the lemons in half, and squeeze juice into a small bowl; you should have about 6 tablespoons.
Place the cream cheese in the same mixing bowl you used to make the crust, and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, melted butter and cornmeal; beat on medium speed 1 minute.
Stop the machine and add the confectioners' sugar. Beat on medium speed until the sugar is well incorporated, 1 minute more.
Pour the filling over the crust, spreading with a rubber spatula so it covers the surface and reaches the sides of the pan. Bake until cake is browned but the center still jiggles when you shake the pan, about 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before cutting. Makes 16 servings.
Courtesy of The Huntsville Times.
Which is the bigger draw for passersby, the comics or the chess?Read an interview with Franklin Crowe, sidewalk comic book salesman/chess player, from the Gothamist.
The chess. Unfortunately, the chess. They come to watch a good match. People stand and watch and wait to play. I used to charge a dollar, then went to a tip jar...but it's better if I don't charge. I'd rather people bought a comic. Sometimes you get a big crowd of people just watching a good chess match.
Monday, October 3, 2005Chess Notes
By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff
Globe CorrespondentsReaders who connect with the Boylston weblog (Boylston-chess-club.blogspot.com) are in for a treat. The blogmaster for the Boylston Club is DG, a regular player there. He has developed a sensible reportage of goings-on in the local chess arenas and also keeps tabs on national developments. The blog spot so far is thankfully free of much of the rancor that exists in many partisan blogs on the Internet.
A recent rundown of the blog shows a number of subjects. For example, the Boylston Championship has commenced with the following participants: Paul MacIntyre, Charles Riordan, Alex Cherniack, Vadim Martirosov, and Kyle Clayton. Matt Klegon withdrew after entry. Missing this year is one of the past year [champions], Chris Chase. [Click here for an updated list of participants.] Withdrawal, if it occurs during the tournament, is one of the problems with these long-term championships, as it prevents an accurate score. After Round 1 MacIntyre, Riordan, and Martirosov had one point apiece. DG's coverage includes games and chess positions.
Another event going on is the US Chess League in which major cities are having a go at one another with chess teams of equivalent ratings. The Boston Blitzes, waging a parallel competition to the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, faced a nemesis in the New York Knights and drew their match. A similar draw followed against the Philadelphia Masterminds. The team players for the Blitzes include Larry Christiansen, Bill Kelleher, Josh Friedel and Ilya Krasik. At last reporting, the Blitzes came up with a 2.5-1.5 victory over the Carolina Cobras, thus upstaging the New England Patriots in their game against the Carolina Panthers. But, as the Red Sox struggled with the Baltimore Orioles, the Blitzes bowed to the Baltimore Kingfishers 3.5-.5.
An unusual occurrence arose in the game between Friedel and International Master Shroer of the Cobras. Friedel had the better position and moved his Queen en prise, which was happily taken by a pawn. It turns out that the move was a slip of the mouse, in short, an unintended move. After negotiation, the position was restored and the proper Queen move was made. Friedel went on to win.
One of the services of the Boylston blog is to bring readers up to speed on other blogs. Apparently the most popular chess blog is the Daily Dirt Chess Blog, which receives about 5,000 postings a day [actually, Mig reports ~5,000 unique visitors a day]. Chess players [who are members of the Boylston Chess Foundation] can apply for the right to post on the Boylston blog. One report covers an AOL lawsuit that nailed chess spammers who hijacked an AOL address and used it for unsolicited e-mail.
Chess players often play in a vacuum, not knowing what is going on in their chess world. All in all, the Boylston chess blog is a welcome local addition to the local chess tradition.
In other news from Dresden: The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) agreed with the new article that players may not record the moves in advance...
A lot of people showed up here Friday night to watch Prairie Grove and Shiloh Christian meet in a chess match played on a green, grassy 100-yard gameboard.
CHESS AND FALCONS IN CENTRAL PARK...brings new meaning to the idea of a "Kingside attack."
Tomorrow, noon to 4 p.m., a "Falconry Extravaganza," with winged visitors in the East Meadow, Fifth Avenue and East 99th Street. Information: 311. Sunday at 10 a.m., the Annual Youth Chess Tournament, open to kindergarteners to eighth graders, at Chess and Checkers House, midpark, south of 65th Street; registration: (212) 338-5350.