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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!

2 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

3 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

4 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 […]

Nakamura visits Detroit City CC

5 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Detroit is known for many things cars, music, sports and increasingly chess. On the weekend of August 21st, Hikaru Nakamura visited the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) and was welcomed by the community at-large. Kevin Fite who organized the visit hosted the four-time U.S. Champion and world’s #2 player, his fiance Mario DeRosa and FM […]

Busted

6 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Several years ago, a high school sophomore who attended a school's satellite program showed up at at a high school chess club where I was the coach. He wanted to know whether he could join the club. He could and did.Kevin Baker had an odd opening that he cherished, but that I did not think was very good. Show More Summary

Dreamboogie at Harmonie German Club

6 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 10 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] A modern Blues act, Dreamboogie’s repertoire is imbued with the classic tunes of Bessie Smith 1930s through to the Chess recordings of the 1950s. Dreamboogie – Rebecca Davey (vocals), Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neill (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) – won the 2011 MBAS Blues Performer of the year, and rated #1 on the National [...]

Canberra Academy of Chess junior chess clubs 2015

6 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Canberra Academy of Chess runs junior chess clubs in Woden and Belconnen, as an opportunity for students to further their knowledge in chess and participate in tournaments during the school term. The Canberra Academy of Chess is still taking enrolments for both clubs. 2015 term dates and details are below. Belconnen Junior Chess Club  Term 3: 21st July – 22nd September Term [...]

Rolling Stones Visit Buddy Guy's Club, Talk Blues

The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy share a long history, from meeting at Chess Records in 1964 to sharing several bills over the years beginning in the early Seventies. "They were so damn wild back then I couldn't keep up with them," Guy told Rolling Stone recently. "Just a bunch of kids playing the...

Chess Grandmaster Max Dlugy Plays 15 Consecutive Games of ‘Banter Blitz’ Speed Chess While Commenting on the Games

8 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a recent video posted by Internet Chess Club, Grandmaster Max Dlugy plays 15 consecutive games of “banter blitz” speed chess. In blitz chess, each player has only three minutes on the clock, and the “banter” aspect comes from Dlugy commentating on his own play and that of his opponent live while he’s playing. Dlugy seems to […]

2015 Norway Chess (Stavanger, Norway)

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The Grand Chess Tour was announced last year after the 2014 Sinquefield Cup as a way to build more high-level attraction and exposure to the chess elite. It is a pact between three entities… Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (Sinquefield Cup), Tower AS (Norway Chess) and Chess Promotions Ltd. (London Chess Classic). […]

Daily Downloads (Thee Oh Sees, Emma Ruth Rundle, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Brontosaurus: "D Minor Threat" [mp3] from Our Animal Ways Chomsky Chess Club: China EP [mp3] Emma Ruth Rundle: Folkadelphia Session EP [mp3] Folkwood:...

The Fewer the Merrier?

I wrote this post on Saturday but had a problem with my website that kept me from posting it until now. This year’s Aptos Library Chess Club tournament was a smashing success in every way but one. We didn’t have as big a turnout as we did in 2014 (31 players) or in 2013 (37 […]

Humor 2. Reason 1. Rage 0.

This is a mostly off-topic post, but it starts in chess club. At the Aptos Library Chess Club yesterday, a gray-haired woman comes in and starts talking with me. “Oh, I didn’t realize there was a chess club here!” she said. For a little while we chat about the history of the chess club, and […]

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