Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
GM Michael Adams simply outclassed the field: he won with a 7½-1½ score. One wouldn't want to be playing him in the World Cup!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Rumor has it that there's an organization called the Chess Journalists of America. (I cannot find a website for "Watching Paint Dry Journalists of America.")
As with the Academy Awards, the CJA occasionally honors someone who richly deserves it. This is one of those rare moments: congratulations, Maret!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
In the 1980s, Vince and I used to play at the legendary P-K4 barbershop across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, and Vince remembers a resale shop at Roscoe and Damen that supports casual play. You'd always find Rick Lang and the late Raj Yahya at Ennui (Lunt and Sheridan, in the same building as Papa Dee's Chicago Chess Club); it's closed now! Memories like these are nice, but tell us where you're playing chess now.
I go to Pressure Billiards & Cafe (6318 N. Clark) to study chess. It's not a chess hotbed, but it's chess-friendly. Sometimes a friend will be on ICC, and sometimes I'll get suckered into playing blitz risers.
"You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head. "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?"Mark Dvoretsky's current column in Chess Cafe has some wonderful examples of applying the principle of excluding possibilities in practical play. You don't have to calculate why your chosen move is best if you already know that the alternatives lose!
For example, what's White's best move in the above position?
Dvoretsky's The Instructor is the best monthly column on the web for players at or above the advanced intermediate level. If you print out a couple dozen columns from the Chess Cafe archives, you'll have enough material for a couple dozen afternoons in your favorite café! (Bring your set.)