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Thanks to Dan Heisman for sending us the chess quotes.“You have to lose your fear of a rating before you can become that rating.” “You can’t play what you don’t see.” “Before you make a move, make sure it cannot be defeated by a check, capture, or threat.” “More pawns in the middle are good.” “Never trade something for nothing.” “If you are going to study openings, you may as well pick a sharp one where knowing more than your opponent is helpful.” “Chess is all about making decisions; if you don’t want to take the time to make better…
02 November 2008
The enigma of the origins of chess has puzzled historians for decades. Some claim that the chess game elements branched from different sources, which evolved and transformed into modern chess. Egyptians playing an ancient board game Senet Senet is one of the oldest board games. It was played in ancient Egypt, reportedly before 3000 BC. Senet (means “passing”) is a race game, which has five to seven pieces per player. The board is made up of 3x10 squares. There is also a version with 8 linear squares followed by 4x3, the "twenty-game". In senet, players advanced according to the results of throws of little sticks or knuckle bones (the predecessors…
31 October 2008
The true origin of chess remains unknown, however most historians agree that it emerged in India no later than the sixth century. In India, Persia and the Arab lands where the game was initially played, all the chess figures were male, and there was no queen at all on the chess board. Chess pieces consisted of the king, his chief general called vizier and a line of soldiers. There were also chariots, horses and elephants.Chess was introduced to Spain in the 8th century. It was first played with abstract pieces, representing the vizier (predecessor of the queen), elephant (predecessor of the…
23 October 2008
"I've created a chess program that mimics human play" said the computer science major. "So it plays at GM level then?" asks the advising professor. "No, but it does blame its loss on outside conditions!" A passed pawn comes home from work one day driving a fancy new car. His wife is astonished and says "Honey, I don't think we can afford this nice new car on your salary." The passed pawn says "Relax, I'm about to get promoted!" In a park people come across a man playing chess against a dog. They are astonished and say: "What a clever…
08 March 2008
Many celebrities played and enjoyed chess. Some of them were actually very good chess players. An interesting fact is that most of the Nobel Prize winners who played chess were in the fields of physics, literature and economics. A number of the high technology company founders play chess. Research on chess in schools demonstrates that playing chess helps children improve their logical and abstract thinking, decision-making and creativity. Might there be a correlation between chosen careers and early exposure to chess? Leading in your field takes courage, a lot of energy, strong intuition, adaptability, desire to achieve, and persistence. People persist…
19 January 2008
    Chess remains one of the world’s most popular board games. A viable opportunity exists for anyone who can vertically integrate within the chess community. Chess is played at the following tournaments: the Chess Olympiad, Continental Championship, World Championship, National Tournaments, Regional Tournaments, Chess Club Tournaments, School Tournaments, and Other Tournaments. Chess Federations serve the chess community by promoting chess and organizing chess tournaments worldwide. There are hundreds of chess tournaments each year globally: open, closed, men, women and youth events. There are more than 100 chess federations globally. While there are millions of chess fans who understand and…
02 February 2008
Chess is hard. It involves mental, emotional and physical strain. What are the rewards? -Rick Garel What attracts me about chess is "personal best ". It is the challenge of rising above the level you may find yourself at any particular time. We all strive to improve, regardless of the level of our play, and the understanding we have of the game. And I am attracted when it is done under tournament conditions, where there is serious opposition to you finding the best moves, and playing a game you are proud of. It gets the adrenalin going. Finally there is…

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Emanuel Lasker
(1868-1941)
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