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Cheating: Accusations and Confessions

There’s an old story within my family about my uncle and a now infamous game of Clue. The game had begun without any fanfare, and when it came to his turn, my uncle proceeded immediately and with clear and deliberate intention to a particular room of the mansion. 2,264 more words

Games

Queen of Katwe doesn't fail to tug on heartstrings

As a child, I completed an about-face whenever I saw two people playing chess. I thought, “What a boring game!” Yet there I was, in a seat for a screening of  903 more words

Films

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #115

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

White to play and mate Black

Balogh v Gtomer, Prague 1931

Solution

Since it is a puzzle, you have to try 1 Qb7+ (in a game, I might be more careful with my Queen) and once seen, it is fairly easy it is check, check, check…mate. 59 more words

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The Chess Game Analogy: Feynman on the Laws of Nature

One way that’s kind of a fun analogy to try to get some idea of what we’re doing in trying to understand nature is to imagine that the gods are playing some great game like chess. 551 more words

Quotation

Flash Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

One of the big mysteries I still struggle to understand is how people gain confidence. The answer is so elusive to me because I see some people who exude confidence; not in a bragging or boastful way, they just seem to have a strong sense of self and more importantly they believe in themselves. 472 more words

Drama

Is Practice Enough?

Anders Ericsson’s work on deliberate practice was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, the source of the oft-quoted 10,000 hour rule.

I am a partial believer in Ericsson’s work.  176 more words

Chess

Daily chess puzzle: Check Mate #114

Another puzzle from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

White to play and mate Black

Eliskases v Holzel, Bec, 1931

Solution

A nice disrupting move, 1 Rd5!, and Black can’t defend both f6 and d8: 1-0. 19 more words

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