Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
FIDE Chess in Chicago reports on the line-up for the Winter Chicago FIDE Invitational (January 9th-13th). The local entry is the Boston Blitz' very own IM Perelshteyn. He'll be looking for 6 points or more out of 9 to secure a GM norm.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
At the most recent BCF Board Meeting, I raised the option of generating some income for the Foundation through the blog (very small amounts I'm sure). The general sense of the Board was favorable towards this proposal. In addition, at the same meeting, I learned that the BCF webmaster already had a project underway to create a donations page for the website.
For those of you who do not know, The Boylston Chess Foundation is a registered charitable organization (501c3). As such we can accept tax-deductible donations to support our activities. To date, we have focused our charitable efforts on programs which support scholastic and youth chess in the local community. Some of our recent programs have included providing free chess sets to a local school in Somerville, offering free scholastic chess lessons with IM Husari every Wednesday afternoon at the club, and funding a very popular "16 & under play free" policy for a month each summer. The donations page will provide greater details on these and other programs. When it is officially launched I'll provide a link, and if you are inclined to support our chess activities in the Boston area I encourage you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution.
So, back to Adsense -- I've decided that if the blog can generate some incremental income for the Foundation without unduly impairing the experience of the readers, then it's worth doing. I want to assure you that BCC Weblog will not turn into a platform for Ads with occasional chess content (if you are looking for blogs like that, you can find them). And my efforts will continue to be focused on generating interesting and valuable content, not on optimizing the site for revenue generation.
I hope loyal readers of the blog will support this decision. If you do have concerns or other thoughts, please leave a comment below.
...I discovered the easiest way to win at chess, was to simply have your opponent forfeit the game. My strategy is to take the max allotted time for each move. This means I have at least ten minutes between each move, usually by the time I am on move number 3 my opponent offers me a draw, which I promptly decline. By move number 4 they are resigning and giving me yet another victory.
...puzzles such as The Herald's giant crossword published today, chess, the number game Sudoku and IQ tests are today seen as the tools to give users a rigorous mental workout. They can improve mental age by up to 14 years, so the scientists claim.Next time someone asks why you spend so much time on chess, tell them it's a better choice than medication.
Scientists have found the neurological equivalent of an untoned body could lead to a drastic dulling of cerebral powers. Most worryingly, an under-stretched mind may put some individuals at increased risk of dementia in later life.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Start 2006 off the Traditional Way - Play Chess at the Boylston Chess Foundation's Herb Healy Open House on New Year's Day
Bill MacLellan and Michael Tomlinson, past-presidents of the Boylston Chess Club, playing chess in the Open House of 1989.
Sunday January 1st: BCC Herb Healy Open House 2 sections: Rated and Non-Rated. Rated section:4SS; 30/30, G/15; Non-Rated section 4SS; G/45; Entry fee: $25, $20 BCC members if received by 12/29, $5 extra on site. Registration: 10:30 to 11:15. Rounds: 11:30, 1:15, 3:00, 4:30. Free food and drink served all day long to tournament players. Send advance entries to: Boylston Chess/co Herb Healy Open House, 240B Elm St. Suite B9 Somerville, MA 02144
Photos: Steve Stepak
Just a reminder that the Annual BCF Herb Healy Open House is less than a week away on New Year's Day. Come work off your hangover with a day of tournament chess competition (chose rated or unrated depending on your post-celebration condition) and free food. Mike Griffin's spread of crabcake canapes, foie gras mousse, and platters of sushi are not to be missed (Legal Disclaimer: specific food selections are not guaranteed; substitutions are highly likely).
Click here for details of the event (note the new time controls), and here for photos from the 2004 Open House.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
22...Bf6 23.Rh5 g6 24.Rh3 Nc3 25.Qd2 Bxe4 26.Qh6 Ne2+ 27.Kh1 (27.Kf1 would have mitigated the back rank mate issues, but White should still have a won game after 27...Nxg3+ and 28...Bxa1) 27...Bxa1 White Resigns
White is down a rook and his attack on Black's King is going nowhere since Black's Bishop on a1 controls h8. Black is also threatening mate on the back rank and (what I think makes the position interesting and somewhat amusing is that) White can't create any luft for his King since his pieces block all of his kingside pawns.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The U.S. is on the verge of becoming the first truly dominant world government, and Iraq was a moment to be seized. (Those who play chess can easily understand the stakes. When you can capture your opponent's queen with no risk to your own position, you do it!)
During chess, I'm going to advance my queen WAY too early. Yeah, baby, I dare you to attack!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
- Boylston Chess Club Website (21.3%) - No surprise here
- Man de la Maza (6.1%) - Was #2 while Don was still blogging, but still generates traffic to this day
- CelticDeath (5.9%) - I've always wondered how many of these visits are from someone other than CelticDeath himself :)
- Bloglines (3.9%) - An RSS reader
- J'adoube (3.2%) - J'adoube and I have cross-linked posts frequently. It also helps to be at the top of someone's blogroll
- DreadPirateJosh (3.1%) - See my comment for CelticDeath
- Kenilworth Chess Club (2.5%) - The vast majority from their blog listings page, but also some from links in Michael's posts
- Sancho Pawnza (1.8%) - Along with Man de la Maza, one of the first blogs that cross-linked here
- My Yahoo (1.5%) - RSS subscriptions
- Nezha (1.5%) - Suspect his position will fall as he is no longer actively blogging
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
"I see no harm at all in it."Read "Chess is becoming the game of choice for a growing number of students at Hillsboro High" from the Hillsboro (KS) Free Press.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
In its simplest outlines, it is an attempt to describe nature by unifying three separate realms of observation: General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and Scrabble....and an explanation of why a similar theory which tried to unify the two branches of physics with chess didn't work out so well:
Woozy also recalled an early game of quantum chess: "After about thirty moves, black was both mated and not mated. It made for terrible arguments."
Saturday, December 17, 2005
"I just like the sound of me winning."Source: "Once a-pawn a time: Area chess tourney tradition continues" from the Post Independent.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Could this blog be the start of a new community of bloggers dedicated to ChessBoxing training? And what would we call them -- The Gladiators? The Olympian Guard? The Super Soldiers?
Sarah Etter, who helps organize what she's calling the Hardin County Kids Chess Club, said the group has tried out several places to play - from CiCi's Pizza to Mark's Feed Store to Ryan's Steakhouse. None worked out.Read "For youth chess club, latest move could be the best" from the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader.
"Almost everywhere we've played has closed down," she said, adding she was thankful her church had a room that the club could use. "If we close down, God, we're in trouble."
"I don't make value judgments but I do demand them to respect one another," said Bill Schulte, L-P chess club coach. Schulte said he aims to teach the students respect, manners and good sportsmanship, all the while having fun.
If only we could transfer these lessons to the few players at the club who could benefit from them.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Competing against schools such as these will allow the GW Chess Club to ... practice etiquette such as 'no trash talking'...Read "Of pawns and kings: The GW Chess Club" from The GW Hatchet.
Monday, December 12, 2005
- Ed Galliard has a nice post on recapturing the joys of casual chess.
- J'adoube offers the first post in his year-end "Best of J'adoube" series.
- More J'adoube -- his letter about GM Larry Evans' assertion that a school in Alabama banned chess was published in Chess Life. Here are the related blog entries: Banned! Revisited; Oak Mountain Intermediate School to GM Larry Evans: You are wrong!; Banned! Revisited Again.
- Say hello to funkyfantom, the newest Knight Errant.
- Other Chess Blogs discovered recently: ChessTalk (videos), Chess Cat, Glenn's Blog.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Salome Thomas-El refused to let his students' inner city neighborhood define who they were or what they could be. In addition to setting high standards for excellence in the classroom, Thomas-El introduced his students to the game of chess - the ultimate mental sport - in an after-school club. Chess is a demanding game that requires complex critical thinking and extensive strategic planning. The students were so willing to learn that by the end of their first year together, The Mighty Bishops had become the best middle school chess team in America. The team went on to win more than a dozen local, state and national chess tournaments. Thomas-El admitted that even he was surprised by his students' accomplishments. He didn't know how far they could go, but he knew it was his responsibility to encourage, support and nurture the potential in each of them.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Would they have annotations of games by International Master Crazy Knight or up and coming scholastic player Little Pawn; the chess exploits of class players of Lakota, Navajo and Iroquois descent; chess problems with themes like King hunts reminiscent of the forced migration of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia to Oklahoma; insider coverage of the Foxwoods Open and local events at Native American Bingo halls across the country?
Alas, I was disappointed.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I play chess. And everytime I lose, I pinpoint my worst move or two, document and make sure I don't make that same mistake.I'm sure this helps, but significant sustained improvement must require more.
Does this work?
Over time I've seen stronger and stronger play, losing less and winning more.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The human body is constantly being bombarded by pathogens day in and day out and as such has evolved a number of defences to help protect it....The body's first line of defence is a physical one ... mainly consists of skin ... and mucous.... The body's second line of defence is the non-specific phagocytic cells (white blood cells).... The third line of defence is the specific humoral response and cell mediated response.
If you link the second and third lines of defence it's sort of like a game of chess. The second line of defence are the pawns, they just go where you tell them to and haven't got much of a range of things they can do. The third line of defence is like [the] back row that has all the other fancy pieces in it. When they're called out to battle you know the fate of the fight will be decided because they're the last hope. Like with the rules of chess, there are only certain things that they are allowed to do, but they each do their thing and sometimes pull out surprising little tactics...
Monday, December 05, 2005
You wanna know what us canton kids do in study hall? ... we play CHESS. If you do not know how to play chess at canton high school, you have no chance at a good social life or ever being considered cool. the stoners and punk and goth kids play chess its awesome!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the chess bands that have connected her with constant losing, and to assume the powers of checkmate, the separate and equal station of pawns to which the laws of Kasparov entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the chess match.
We hold these truths to be self evident: That all pawns are created equal; that they are endowed by their opponent with certain unalienable rights; among these not being taken, not killing the Queen, and no checkmate in under two moves.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Chess players who have battled over the boards for years in the food court at the former Irondequoit Mall in suburban Rochester are getting booted out by the mall's new owners, and they're none too happy.
"We're not bothering anyone," David Worl, a retired school psychologist, said in Thursday's Democrat and Chronicle. "I really feel we've gotten jilted," echoed another 70-year-old, retired salesman Ray Licata....
[Mall owner Adam] Bersin put up a sign last week announcing a ban on chess or card games beginning Thursday...
"With... poker being so popular, I think games are coming back in a way," Farley said.
In "The Art of Sacrifice," receiving its world premiere at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Anthony Clarvoe uses chess as the generational battleground, and if you think chess isn't the most dramatic way to illustrate father-son problems, you're absolutely right....
Certainly, Clarvoe has metaphors on his mind when he brings out the chessboard. A chess move illustrating the art of sacrifice foretells what happens in the plot, though given the title of the play, this is not a particularly shocking development....
Clarvoe showed far more promise with "Ambition Facing West," a play about the immigrant experience, staged at Trinity Repertory Company in 1997. "The Art of Sacrifice" is ambition unrealized.