I haven't watched the Cosby Show in a long long time, but for many years I used to have a MAJOR crush on Clair Huxtable
|Korchnoi - Karpov, Game 13, World Championship 1978, Baguio|
|Pawn b6-b5 is the beginning of a remarkable repositioning of the Knight on c7|
|In just a few moves Black has completely swung momentum in his favor|
|Queen takes Bishop|
|An artist's rendition of the same scene; clearly the "Zerg" race in Starcraft 2 was inspired by the Alien films|
|Aliens - This time it's war. Iconic poster that I remember from my childhood|
|Kobaidse - Zereteli, Tbilissi 1970. Black to move|
|Analysis Diagram after 1. ... Na8 2. Bh5+!|
|This position is - remarkably - drawn|
|The Texas Holdem Massacre: In recent years several second-rate grandmasters have given up chess in order to pursue a career in professional poker, where with the skill set of a chess grandmaster it is much easier to make good money compared to being a "mediocre" grandmaster on the chess circuit. And yes, the 1974 original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is my favorite horror movie ("Who will survive? And what will be left of them?")|
|My time on Team Revoki taught me a lot about the semi-professional SC2 scene, and the business side of e-Sports|
|SC2 GM Col.Firezerg (right) wins $160 at a university LAN|
|For several years, my former clan mate HyDra[VcK] was a leading player in the Fastest Map Possible (FMP) community in North America in the original Starcraft / Brood War.|
Russian-German Grandmaster Arthur Jussupow (left), shown here in conversation with Garry Kasparov in Zurich 2009, is one of the world's foremost chess coaches and author of several excellent books on training for competitive chess players. On his website www.jussupow.de he offers online lessons for only 60 Euros/hour.
|Modern technology offers completely new ways of teaching chess in a class room setting. Whether all these new gimmicks really make sense is something I'll look at in a future article. But the short answer is "No!"|
On Gosucoaching.com, Team EG's Idra offers lessons for $300/hour. Obviously Idra is a good player, but I doubt that he is good enough a coach to be worth so much money.
|The Rubinstein Variation after 3. ... dxe4|
|The Classical Variation after 3. ... Nf6|
|The Winawer Variation after 7. Qg4|
|It takes brass balls to play the French Defense, particularly for Black. (Scene from Glengarry Glen Ross, one of my favorite movies)|
|Magnus Carlsen after winning the 2013 Candidates Tournament|
I'm not surprised that Carlsen won the whole thing, but I certainly didn't expect it to come about the way it did. I thought I would see a neck-and-neck race between Carlsen and Kramnik all the way. Instead, the first half of the tournament saw Carlsen and Aronian pulling ahead of the field while Kramnik failed to convert his many promising positions into a single win.
And just when I thought Kramnik was out of the running for sure, he pulled a pretty impressive comeback while Aronian completely collapsed at the beginning of the second half of the tournament.
|Many in the chess community seem relieved that there will not be a rematch of Anand - Kramnik 2008. I am not so sure. Leaving aside the fact that rematches are kind of fascinating in themselves, I do think that a second encounter between the two would have produced much more interesting chess simply because Kramnik was clearly out of form in 2008. Foto by Fred Lucas.|
|Magnus Carlsen and Boris Gelfand at the 2012 Wijk "Super Tournament". Maybe Carlsen has really bad body odor. Or maybe Gelfand simply had a cold. Foto by Fred Lucas|