For the past several decade I’ve been working earnestly to hit the magic 2200 rating, the threshold for the “master” title. … More Okay, fine, I get it—I didn’t make it
A partial list of foods consumed by various contestants during the Sacramento Chess Championship last weekend:
Roast beef sandwich … More Eating at the board
World-class chess is largely a celebration of great moves (Topalov-Shirov: 47…Bh3!!!). For most of us, though, it’s a series of decent moves punctuated by total stinkers. Boldi (1750) – Slater (2130). Here I found a powerful calculation: 21…Qf6 22.Rf3 Qxd4! 23.Qxd4 Re1+!! winning the queen on d4! [Psst: Derek, you gave up your queen too. So you’re … More Howlers
This game is Bick (2240) – Slater (2130), Golden State Open 2016.
Something terrible and strange is about to happen.
White is about to make his 41st move, meaning both players have just made time control. … More The curious case of the mutual blindspot
There’s something for everyone. There really is. Long, long ago we mentioned competitive Rock Paper Scissors tournaments. You may have seen news or video of 14-year-old Lucas Etter set a world record for solving Rubik’s Cube in less than 5 seconds. Just for fun, here he is doing 2×2 cubes. (Yes those exist too.) I … More Klytus, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?
Watching the Colts punt reminded me of how I played this opening. … More The Indianapolis Colts Punt Formation Opening
In chess, space is nice—except when it’s not.
I (hope I) learned a lot about space from the following inputs.
Slater (2140) – Schoch (2303) … More Sixth position
Apparently the first serious league chess game I ever played was versus one Mike Hellebusch of Covington Catholic HS.
I was on board 3 for Highlands HS, the Fighting Bluebirds. Age: 14. … More Scene: Greater Cincinnati HS Chess League, Fall of 1981