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Monday assorted links

1. Arbitrage against gay dance clubs (NYT). 2. Improving password fields: small steps toward a much better world. 3. Armpit sniffing as the new frontier in assortative dating and mating. 4. How St. Louis became a major chess hub. 5. Incompetent robot waiters in China. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Straight Outta Delaware

Today was Tuesday, my regular day for Aptos Library chess club. A photographer came to take some pictures, because the library is preparing promotional material for a bond measure to support the public libraries in Santa Cruz. They wanted pictures of the good things that the library does for the community, and they sure picked the right […]

Exclusive Interview: Director James Napier Robertson for ‘THE DARK HORSE’

Genesis Potini was definitely one of the most interesting persons out of the chess lore. The story of Potini was a chess advisor to children who led a local New Zealand chess club to many tournaments and championships. However, he faced many adversities, including family issues with a violent gang and controlling his bipolar disorder. Show More Summary

Sensational Chess Club Battle

At present the two strongest players in the Aptos Library Chess Club are named Luke and Alex. It’s so interesting to watch them play, because they have contrasting strengths. I think Luke overall has a more solid understanding of the game. He has actually done some reading on his own. I don’t think Alex ever […]

“Today in Chess” launches!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis have produced their first segment titled, “Today in Chess” which is hosted by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez and Canadian GM Eric Hansen. The segment primarily focused on the ongoing Candidate’s tournament currently taking place in Moscow, Russia. There was in depth coverage and […]

Tennessee School Board May Block All After-School Clubs to Stop Gay-Straight Alliance from Meeting

If you ever wonder why it's legal for public high schools to have Bible clubs, the answer is simple: The Equal Access Act.Simply put, if a school allows the formation of any extra-curricular club (Chess club, Drama club, etc.), thenShow More Summary

Les Chesseurs Britanniques de Paris: Part 6 The Addendum

Just a quick addendum on the British Chess Club of Paris while Part 5 is still hot off the press and fresh in the memory, and before the series disappears from view to find its final resting place somewhere in the depths of the Blog's...Show More Summary

Les Chesseurs Britanniques de Paris: Part 5 The Robot

So far in the series we have tracked the fortunes of the British Chess Club of Paris (1926 to 1938/9) and some of its more famous, and infamous, members. In this final post we continue to dog the footsteps of one of them: George Langelaan. Show More Summary

Les Chesseurs Britanniques de Paris: Part 4 The Beast

In this series we have tracked the fortunes of the British Chess Club of Paris and its members for the 12 years or so up to its demise when war was declared in 1939 (though the serious fighting didn't start until 1940). In this episode...Show More Summary

Les Chesseurs Britanniques de Paris: Part 3 The Match

In the first post on this series about the long-forgotten British Chess Club of Paris (1926 to 1938/9) we looked at some of the personalities involved in its activities. Part 2 looked at its impact on the Parisian chess scene of the time. Show More Summary

Les Chesseurs Britanniques de Paris: Part 2 The Opposition

The first part of this series introduced the British Chess Club of Paris that was founded in 1926. It remained active until the declaration of war in 1939 brought the curtain down on much chess activity both at home and on the continent...Show More Summary

Good Mistakes and Bad Mistakes

One of the kids who has been coming longest to the Aptos Library Chess Club is named Alex. He’s maybe 12 or 13 years old. Over the years he has gotten more interested in chess and less interested in making trouble, and he has now reached the point where he is definitely the #2 and possibly (at […]

John Priestley

I remember John. I played him in my sixth ever rated game. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I joined Chelmsford Chess Club after the third of the Kasparov - Karpov matches - the one that started in London then moved to Leningrad - so it would have been late 1986 or perhaps early 1987. Show More Summary

Played on Squares 7: Miss Strachey's Feeling For Snow

In the previous - also unplanned - episode 6 of this Played on Squares sequence we took the opportunity to examine the Social Chess Quarterly and the Empire Social Chess Club in the 1930s. This was a necessary prelude to our reacquaintance...Show More Summary

Adu triumphs in Nigeria!

6 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

International Master Oladapo Adu and Toristsemuwa Ofowino are winners in their respective categories at the just concluded 2nd Ashtonwells Invitational Chess tournament held November 24th-30th at the Abraka Turf and Country Club in Oria, Delta State. Adu, who last won a major tournament early this year at the FIDE Zonal event in Togo was in […]

Dear Chess Parents

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I am certain that your child will enjoy chess club. Perhaps you think of chess as a game that your child enjoys, or perhaps you think of it as something more than a game. Benefits of Chess Chess may improve your child's academic skills, emotional skills, and social skills. Show More Summary

TV Club: Rich Fulcher transforms into a soundboard on Drunk History

The drunk histories told in “Games” are a little off the beaten path—dealing with the strange intricacies of board game-empire origins, pinball policy, and chess legends. It’s only fitting that an episode featuring some of the quirkier stories Drunk History tells bring back the quirkiest narrator in the Drunk History game. Show More Summary

Look at That Body

8 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Above Average is making a series of videos called Criminal Crimes, which pokes fun at police dramas. It stars the sketch group Chess Club Comedy. This episode takes place in the morgue, as our detectives examine a murder victim. (YouTube link) The coroner needs to get out more, maybe see a movie or two. I know she’d enjoy Thor. -via The A.V. Club

Voter Registration is Fun

Yesterday, like every Tuesday, was chess club day at the Aptos Public Library. We had a good turnout of 18 kids, from April to Zoey. Lately we’ve had an unusual number of girls, which I’m pleased to see. I think we had eight this week, which has to be an all-time record. This week we had […]

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