Carslen vs. Anand: Magnus on His Way to the Title?
November 19, 2013 – 16:31 | 10 Comments | Reads: 8795

So far, there was some excitement in Chennai, but you could hardly say that the tournament was satisfactory. It missed what really is the core value of every sport: Victory and defeat. Magnus Carlsen decided it’s …

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Asking for Money with Style: $1m for a Game of Chess
July 20, 2012 – 14:10 | One Comment | Rating: 1 | 1,164 views
Asking for Money with Style: $1m for a Game of Chess

Peter Thiel is a co-founder of PayPal, first investor in Facebook, and one of the most innovative masterminds in tech business. A.J. Steigman is the head of one of thousands of anonymous start-up companies. It …

Politics, Murderers and the Resulting Fun – Part II
January 20, 2012 – 14:32 | One Comment | Rating: 2.5 | 560 views
Politics, Murderers and the Resulting Fun – Part II

It has been a while since the first part. In fact, the second part got lost somewhere in the dim-lit corners of our minds, as well as the oblivion of our content management system. But …

Chess Humour From around the Webs, Part I
January 17, 2012 – 15:56 | 7 Comments | Rating: 3.67 | 1,481 views
Chess Humour From around the Webs, Part I

Many people consider chess players as rather serious, dull personalities. They always see them wearing Kasparov-like frown, thinking about the next two hundred and seven moves. But, as we know, chess players are actually funny. …

Is America Really in Search of a Chess Superstar?
December 6, 2011 – 15:01 | One Comment | Rating: 3.67 | 1,160 views
Is America Really in Search of a Chess Superstar?

If you are a regular reader of chess news, you may have noticed reports on the planned production of a chess-themed reality show. According to renowned sources such as chessbase.com, it will be the first …

Politics, Murderers and the Fun Resulting – Part I
September 30, 2011 – 21:18 | No Comment | Rating: 4.29 | 579 views
Politics, Murderers and the Fun Resulting – Part I

It may seem that politics is a dirty game, in essence humourless. However, you could look at it from different viewpoints. Depending on your worldview, you may want to be directly involved, watch it from …

Alekhine’s sense of humour
September 26, 2011 – 23:29 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 1,026 views
Alekhine’s sense of humour

A lot could be written about partly controversial, nevertheless universally talented chess world champion Alexander Alekhine. This time I will mention a story from one of his many  journeys.

The story about discovering America
May 24, 2011 – 11:02 | 4 Comments | Rating: 4.91 | 1,443 views
The story about discovering America

Only a few people know that the mankind entered modern period thanks to one chess game. Even among the chess population, only a few chess players know, that America was discovered as a result of …

Did the dead man really give a checkmate?
May 17, 2011 – 10:45 | 4 Comments | Rating: 4.56 | 1,961 views
Did the dead man really give a checkmate?

In Paris, after the World War I, many people suffered from hunger. Unemployed chess players were the ones, who suffered the most. They were very excited to visit a salon of a famous chess patron, …

From Old Hollywood
May 14, 2011 – 18:29 | One Comment | Rating: 4.7 | 1,023 views
From Old Hollywood

90 years ago, in 1921, the actor Douglas Fairbanks and famous Charlie Chaplin had plenty of free time during movie productions because of technical reasons. They enjoyed this free time over chess games.

A Compliment
February 25, 2011 – 22:11 | 2 Comments | Rating: 0 | 914 views
A Compliment

There are many stories about the confidence of Efim Bogoljubov (on the picture). Once he was strolling around the tournament hall and stopped by the big demonstration board.

A Secret Weapon
February 25, 2011 – 22:05 | 2 Comments | Rating: 3 | 709 views
A Secret Weapon

During the world championship match between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz, a fan of Lasker gave him a gift – a box of cigars.