Category Archives: Chess

Carlsen and the world championship

After a very gruelling 11 rounds of classical chess which produced nine draws and one win for either side, Magnus Carlsen surprised most people by not trying very hard for a win in his final ‘classical’ game with challenger Sergey … Continue reading

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It’s a Puzzle

Black to play N Batsiashvili vs N Zhukova 22. …? See game for solution. This may be a two star puzzle, but I couldn’t get it out. Can you? Click through to the game for the answer.

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Anton Smirnov: Year 9 Australian kid currently playing better than all but 36 other human beings

Anton Smirnov, who turned 15 this year even if he looks a fair bit younger than that, has been playing in the Australian team in the Chess Olympiad. He’s been playing at a rating strength of 2710 which places him 37th in … Continue reading

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Smerdon v Carlsen 1/2-1/2

Australian Chess Grandmaster and one time Treasury economist David Smerdon is at the Chess Olympiad in Baku and managed to get Magnus Carlsen into a fair bit of trouble, before settling for an easy draw. Here’s the game if you want to look at … Continue reading

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Some stimulating debate on the sensitive subject of gender differences in specific cognitive abilities

On a difficult subject, let’s throw the conversation over to some people who know nothing about it, but who have flawless makeup on and vigorously assert mutually inconsistent propositions. If you think the first 90% of the video is exemplary, wait, … Continue reading

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Banter Blitz

Something that’s fun for chess patzers like me is watching really good players play blitz and seeing how much further their chess intuition goes. This is normally savoured at live tournaments but I just discovered Banter Blitz which pits grandmasters against patzers … Continue reading

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Funny how, even though you’ve developed the mental skill and discipline to be the World Chess Champion, you can make a simple mistake. But what’s much more intriguing is how, once you’ve actually made the mistake, you immediately know you’ve … Continue reading

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