Man: There’s nothing magical about the couch. It just helps people to be comfortable. So they can focus on their thoughts.
Death [lying back, fidgeting]: I know there’s nothing magical about the couch.
Man: Okay. Great. So tell me what’s on your mind. … More A very short story
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
In chess, maybe you think of computers as tactics-checkers.
The big revelation to me, as I started using an engine in the past few months, is that tactics are generally the least-valuable thing Stockfish shows me. The really invaluable thing is having a positional-evaluation-checker of 2400+ strength. … More What Stockfish saw* Part 1
Played another G/45 at the Mechanics Institute club this past weekend. Here’s a final-round game that’s kind of comically inept, although that sounds harsher than I mean it. But there’s a long sequence where every move by either of us improves the other guy’s position by a half-pawn or more. C’mon gang, let’s count the wrong moves! Mays … More Fourth position
Rodomontade (n): boastful or inflated talk.
Bluster, braggadocio, orotundity, magniloquence.
Donald Trump, the embodiment of rodomontade … More Word of the day: Rodomontade
Another recent position that shows a pretty significant gap in my chess understanding. Here I thought white has a pretty strong advantage. The knight is good, black is underdeveloped, and white has potential pressure on the queenside down the b- and c-files and perhaps a Bf3. Stray thought during the game was that Kramnik would win this … More Second position
A position from a recent game. My move, as black. Where should black put the hanging bishop? I mentioned staring down my technical deficiencies. Well, this isn’t technical exactly, but it’s a position I didn’t play very well. Here’s my analysis as I remember it: It seemed to me that black’s position isn’t comfortable, or at any … More First position
I picked up the King’s Indian defense about 18 months ago. It’s the kind of hypertheoretical stuff I’ve avoided for three decades, so imagine my suprise when I started scoring left and right (I thought). Made for each other, the KID and I (I thought). Won 4 of my first five attempts and, despite a … More Stats and illusions