May 13 2010

New draw rules


Up until now ChessCube has not awarded automatic draws in positions with limited material such as K-K, K-KN, K-KB, etc. Instead you had to claim viagra versus cialis the draw manually (by clicking the Draw button) or viagra online play on until the 50-move rule kicked in. While this is in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess we have seen sildenafil citrate 100mg many practical cases tadalafil online where this canadian pharmacy leads to bad sportsmanship and people playing just to win on time.

In order to make our site friendlier we how long does viagra take to kick in have decided to automate certain draw cases from now on. The ChessCube server will immediately cuanto cuesta el sildenafil end a game in a draw if any of the following positions occur: K-K, KN-K, KB-K, KN-KN, KB-KB, or KN-KB (K=king, N=knight, B=bishop).

In addition, you cannot win a game on time if you have only a King, a King and Knight, or a sildenafil maximum dose King and Bishop. (In the exceptional event that you had a forced mate in such a position viagra you can email [email protected] to fix the rating result after the game.)

We hope these changes will make your ChessCube experience even more pleasurable commercial jumping castles for sale australia!

Mar 9 2010

Why Be Good at Chess?


Why Be Better at Chess?

As chess players, a great deal of our time is devoted to the subject of how to be better at chess. We live in hope of that Damascean moment when the secrets of chess excellence will revealed to us and the tyranny of the bell curve distribution will be overthrown. We will, like Bobby Fischer, “just get good”. To this end we study, practice and reflect. We join clubs. We sign on with online chess sites. Some go so far as pay for personal coaching. And we buy books about chess – a lot of books! Now, things being as they are, I am not the person to give anybody advice on how to become excellent at chess. But the thought strikes me that it may be helpful for us all to consider why it is that we strive to do so.

Dr Siegbert Tarrasch once remarked that “Chess, like love, like music has the power to make men happy” [1] which is certainly true as far as it goes but the “Teacher of Germany”[2] does rather gloss over why it is that chess has that power to make people happy. But perhaps chess computers like Deep Blue, Fritz and Rybka, which have made a number of important contributions to technical chess theory, can offer us a clue to this distinctly human concern too. Consider; very few of us endeavour to become good at chess because we wish to be able to beat chess engines. We wish to play against other human beings! Quite clearly, chess is a social occupation.[3]

Returning to the question why be better at chess? It seems reasonable to conclude that proficiency at the game gives us a sense of status and belonging in a community which shares our values and an affirmation that the community values us. It is in this respect that ChessCube is unique in online chess; ChessCube recognises that the social component of the game is as important as any other element of it and provides a community where this aspect is actively nurtured. And come to think of it, this social dynamic seems likely to better any player’s game.

We would love to hear from you – what are you in it for? Hopefully an interesting and fruitful conversation will arise and in future blogs we can develop it further.

Praeceptor Germaniae

“A social animal is a loosely defined term for an organism that is highly interactive with other members of its species to the point of having a recognizable and distinct society.”

Feb 25 2010

Sick Set Thursday – An awesome virtual ChessCube chess set :)

The Leipzig chess piece set with ChessCube Analysis running

The Leipzig chess piece set with ChessCube Analysis running

A Sick Set Thursday with a difference :) . This is how the chess board looks on my “Sean” account. I guess I am pretty much boasting about how great my custom colors and Leipzig chess piece set go so well together. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make anyone jealous, but I do sometimes brag about it :) . There are 6 different piece sets to choose from, including the standard ChessCube Classic and Line sets, however I quite like the Leipzig piece set.

On these screenshots, you’ll see 3 of the many different benefits I have of being a Premium member of ChessCube. 1 being the custom chess piece set (in this case the Leipzig set), 2 being the custom colors of the squares of the board, and 3 being ChessCube Analysis, which is showing me what the next best move would be. ChessCube Analysis becomes active while watching live games, or when reviewing your past played games.

In my opinion, this is an outstanding ‘virtual chess set’, and it definitely deserves to be the Sick Set of this week! :)

To learn more about the ChessCube Premium service, visit:

And with that, I’ll get back to playing on my super cool ChessCube account :)



Feb 11 2010

Sick Set Thursday – The Rock vs Jazz Chess Set!



Battle of the Bands chess set pitches a Jazz band against Rock and Roll! Whimsical resin figures are detailed and hand painted and range 2″ to 4″ tall. The board (included) is solid wood in natural tones and measures 13×13.

Via – WildAboutMusic

Jan 22 2010

President Jacob Zuma supports South African chess


The Nkandla community in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, had a great day when SA President Jacob Zuma arrived to take part in a chess tournament between surrounding schools. Nonkulueko Sithole was thrilled to play President Zuma, even though the President checkmated her in fewer than 10 moves. “This is the best day of my life. I never thought I would ever sit this close to the President and play a game of chess with him,” said the 14 year old.

Zuma brings his Bishop into the game against Sithole

Zuma brings his Bishop into the game against Sithole

In an interview after the game with City Press, Zuma said, “Chess is very important as it makes you a better and knowledgeable human being. I like games like chess and bridge because they stretch your brain to the limit. They make you think strategically”. President Zuma also challenged local businesses to support the sport financially. “Next year we must host a fundraising dinner party for chess right in the hall,” he said.

Kwazulu Chess Association President Sandile Xulu, one of the tournament organisers, said chess gave “young people the opportunity to compete, regardless of race or social standing”. “It provides a field of ideas, concepts and strategy for young growing minds,” he said.  In an interview with ChessCube Community Manager, Sean, Xulu said that KwaZulu Chess’ aim is to take chess into all schools, as well as to introduce it as a sport. Future plans would then involve working with the Department of Education to consider it as a subject in school in Kwazulu-Natal and particularly rural areas and all of South Africa. “This is exactly what President Zuma and I shared and want to see happen.” said Xulu. Speaking of President Zumas’ desire to have all children take part in chess tournaments, Xulu noted, “This (the Nkandla tournament) was our “OPENING MOVE”, which we hope will get supported and start rolling”.

Sandile Xulu, President of the KZChess Association

Sandile Xulu, President of the KZChess Association

ChessCube supports President Zuma’s vision, and will be launching an online schools chess initiative in South Africa and other countries from early 2010. The South African government, a number of NGOs and large corporations are doing a great deal to improve Internet and computer services in schools. ChessCube will be working with all providers to ensure that schools in South Africa can connect to ChessCube’s classroom service.

“ChessCube will provide facilities for children to play chess online and to receive online video training”, explained Mark Levitt, ChessCube CEO. “The basic service will be free to all schools in South Africa, and we will be working with big business to sponsor additional opportunities for South African youth.”

ChessCube’s classroom service will be at the forefront of a modern trend to popularise chess. Along with Venezuela, which has recently included chess in it’s official school curriculum, ChessCube considers the personal and societal benefits of chess to be of immense value. What are these benefits precisely? David MacEnulty, a famed chess teacher (the subject of a movie “The Knights of the South Bronx”) had this to say in a recent exclusive interview with ChessCube:

“One of the things you learn from playing chess is how to control yourself. You learn to have delayed gratification. You learn tremendous discipline and above all you learn to trust your own judgment. Once a child learns that he or she is smart enough to play chess, there’s not going to be any holding them back from anything else.”

“The biggest benefits come when children actually sit down and play tournament chess. Once you’ve played tournament chess for a couple of years, major transformations take place in a child. The question of relying on your own judgment really comes out.”

“When the children on my chess team in the Bronx went to junior high school they were much better prepared than many of their peers. In fact, the Principal of the junior high school once told me that the chess kids seemed to be a different breed altogether. You can tell the chess kids from the way they walk down the hall – there’s just more confidence in the way they walk. There’s more confidence in the way they interact with the teachers in the classroom. They don’t get into trouble because one of things that chess teaches us is to see danger ahead of time.

“One of the things that’s overlooked frequently is the social component of being on a chess team or just learning to play chess. When children work together on a team, even though chess is one person against one person, whatever is good for anybody on the team is good for everybody on the team.”

“Now when one of the kids from a place such as where I taught in the South Bronx wins a game against a very privileged child, that changes everybody’s attitudes. The recognition, that there, on the other side of the board, is my intellectual equal, that’s an amazing transformation that happens on both sides of the board. I think that’s a really critical thing that we should introduce to society everywhere, not just South Africa.”

President Jacob Zuma contemplates his next move

President Jacob Zuma contemplates his next move


Times Live (Article)
City Press, 27 December 2009

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Jan 14 2010

Sick Set Thursday – A Set dedicated to Manchester United Football Club!


ManUtd Chess Set

Are you a Manchester United fan? Well, here’s a chess set that allows you to take your favorite team to yet another victory :) .  The set consists of the 1999 Treble winning team against the 1968 UEFA Championship winning team. King Vs King – its Stiles Vs Keane on this match-day :)

More pics:




Via – FootyStore

Jan 8 2010

Chesscube. Good for your Brain.


“Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine” (JJ Cale ~ Cocaine)

Unlike Chesscube. If the appended article is correct it would seem that Chesscube is GOOD for your brain from both a brain enhancement exercise and social interaction point of view -in moderation of course. Online life should nor entirely replace real-life interactions.

How the web alters brains
Anastasia Stephens
04 January 2010 at 06h00

Most of us in the developed world now have relationships with computers that we could not have dreamt about even a decade or so ago. We spend our days sifting e-mails and browsing the Internet, then relax by tweeting or networking online and playing computer games, sometimes all at the same time.

All this, says Dr Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioural Sciences at the Centre on Ageing at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), is changing us.

Small, one of America’s leading neurologists, has written a book, iBrain – Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, that describes what he believes is the profound impact of new technology on our brains and behaviour.

Repeated daily actions such as web research and browsing direct the growth of neurons and connections within the brain, affecting thinking and behaviour.

“As our brain is plastic and remoulds itself in accordance to our daily activities, prolonged computer use can have a profound effect on the way we think, feel and behave,” says Small.

“We can learn to react more quickly to visual stimuli and improve many forms of attention. We develop a better ability to sift through large amounts of information rapidly and decide what’s important and what isn’t.”

However, some researchers fear prolonged computer use could damage social skills. A study from Stanford University in the US found that for every hour we spend on our computers, traditional face-to-face interaction time with other people drops by almost 30 minutes. With less face-to-face contact and body language, we may begin to misinterpret others. Decision-making may suffer, too.

“Qualitatively, high-speed decisions are not the same as the type of decision that you slowly contemplate and make over time,” says Small. More pondered decision-making has “a depth that speedy thinking cannot grasp”.

“It’s common sense. You should aim to balance Internet time with real social time as much as you can. If you work all day at a computer, make sure you mix with real people in the evening, rather than using social-networking sites on the Internet or playing computer games.”

Internet research

What it does: boosts the ability to integrate and process information as well as enhancing decision-making skills.

Using rapid spurts of directed concentration for Internet research enhances our ability to focus our attention, analyse information and make instant decisions.

Small compared the brains of middle-aged people who rarely use the Internet to those of experienced Internet users, as they conducted web searches for an hour each day.

With the inexperienced users, “After five days, areas of the prefrontal cortex that control our ability to make decisions and integrate complex information had become markedly more active,” says Small. “These areas were fairly inactive at the beginning of our experiment. But after five days they were as active as regular Internet users. This indicates that brain function can change and improve with Internet use quickly, even when you are older.”

General browsing

What it does: encourages the use of continuous partial attention and multi-tasking, which can impair cognition and cause irritability

Hopping from one subject to the next on the web without a specific goal can be both stimulating and engaging – but also stressful and may lead to “computer fatigue”.

“As a result, many people who have been working on the Internet for several hours report making mistakes and feeling fatigued, irritable and spaced-out. Over time, we know that continual exposure to stress hormones can impair cognition and alter neural circuitry in brain regions that control mood and thought,” he explains.

To counteract all this, Small recommends taking regular breaks away from the screen. Looking at people who are suffering from such computer fatigue, researchers at Harvard University found that a quick 20-30-minute nap had the effect of improving computer performance significantly.

Playing computer games

What it does: may improve multi-tasking skills, memory and peripheral vision. Can lead to antisocial behaviour.

Previous research has convincingly shown that excessive use of computer games can cause stress, and even lead to violence, by causing adrenalin surges. It has also been shown that in young people it can impair the development of the frontal lobe, which is the part of the brain that usually inhibits anti-social behaviour.

But not all games are equal, and the news is not all bad. Looking at volunteers who played computer games for eight hours a week, neuroscientist Paul Kearney at Unitec, New Zealand, found that multi-tasking skills were enhanced two-and-a half times.

Meanwhile research at Rochester University in the US found that video-game playing, can improve peripheral vision.

“Computer games exercise a range of neurological functions, such as performing goal-oriented tasks, using spatial awareness and engaging reflex reactions,” explains Small. “Played regularly, all these functions are likely to improve.”

Specialised computer games, such as Nintendo’s Brain Age and Brain Fitness Program, have been specifically designed to enhance memory and cognition which can help to stave off age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Building a blog or website

What it does: building a blog or your own website improves frontal lobe function, reasoning and memory.

“As you learn to build a site or blog, brain areas that are needed for making logical connections as well as medium to longer-term functional memory are challenged and enhanced,” explains Small.

“Your memory is improved by learning and remembering how to construct a site or blog ,and will be enhanced the more you actually use and update your site,” he adds.

Sorting e-mail

What it does: boosts information-processing functions in the brain’s frontal lobe. Can also cause stress.

“By sorting through e-mail on a daily basis we develop a better ability to sift through large amounts of information rapidly and decide what’s important and what isn’t,” says Small.

While this helps with information processing, we are also at risk of e-mail burnout – a state of stress triggered by feeling overloaded. “This is similar to computer fatigue and can be prevented by taking regular breaks,” says Small.

Using emoticons

What it does: exercises brain centres linked to emotion and social connection; particularly beneficial to those who use computers for long periods.

Using abbreviations or smiley faces in e-mail correspondence has been found to stimulate the gyrus – the same area of the brain that is activated by one-to-one emotional contact.

Sending and receiving emoticons can help to offset feelings of isolation that can be caused by excessive computer use. Using emoticons may also help to keep areas of the brain that need emotional connection active and healthy.

Tweeting and chatrooms

What it does: enhances peripheral attention, helps to boost self-esteem and protects the hippocampus.

Using virtual chatrooms, tweets or instant messaging to keep up with friends, virtual friends and virtual lovers keeps us feeling connected, which in turn bolsters self-esteem.

“Neuro-imaging studies suggest that this sense of self-worth may protect the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain which allows us to learn and remember new information,” says Small. “However at some point the sense of control and self-worth generated through virtual relationships breaks down.

“Firstly, Internet relationships seem intimate but they are not, and people can suddenly cut you off. Also our brains are not built to maintain connections for extended periods via computers.”

The key to maintaining true connection and self-esteem, he says, is balance. “Be careful not to use virtual relationships as a substitute for real-life experiences.” – The Independent

Jan 7 2010

Sick Set Thursday – The King Kong Chess Set

King Kong Chess Set

King Kong Chess Set

The primal savagery of Skull Island clashes against the urban sophistication of 1933 New York as man and monster battle for supremacy on the chessboard. Kong, ruler of the dark and terrifying Skull Island, a world of tangled jungle, superstitious sacrifice and nightmarish monsters, beats his chest in defiance against the might of the industrial age. New York, urban pinnacle of the western world and symbolic of the artificial power of man, is his adversary, having taken from Kong, that which he most loves, the beautiful Ann Darrow. Scuplted by Weta Workshop’s Mary Maclachlan, Gary Hunt and Ben Hawker.

Item Size: approx. 10 inches H (254mm) x 15.5 inches W (394mm) x 15.5 inches L (394mm). Pieces range in size from approx. 2.75 inches H (70mm) x 1 inches W (25mm) x 1 inches L (25mm) to 3.5 inches H (89mm) x 1.25 inches W (32mm) x 1.25 inches L (32mm).

Limited to 1500 sets, retailing at $475.

King Kong Chess

Via – Toynk

Dec 31 2009

The Decade in Chess: 1999 -2009


Bookends of the decade are Kasparov and Carlsen. In between them the probably most prominent have been Anand, Kramnik and Topalov.

At the end of this, the decade in which Bobby Fischer died, an prodigous new talent has emerged: Magnus Carlsen. Dubbed by GM Lubomir Kavalek as The Mozart of Chess, few doubt that the new decade will soon become his exclusive feifdom.

Carlsen won The 2nd Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament with a score of 8/10 becoming, at the age of 18 years, the youngest player ever to cross the 2800 Elo barrier. He went on to place second at the Tal Memorial Tournament (won by Vladimir Kramnik), to win the London Classic Tournament and then the World Blitz Championship.

Take a look through some of the games of the decade below.


[Event "Hoogovens A Tournament"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2812"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[ECO "B06"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.f3 b5 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Bh6 Bxh6 9.Qxh6 Bb7 10.a3 e5 11.0-0-0 Qe7 12.Kb1 a6 13.Nc1 0-0-0 14.Nb3 exd4 15.Rxd4 c5 16.Rd1 Nb6 17.g3 Kb8 18.Na5 Ba8 19.Bh3 d5 20.Qf4+ Ka7 21.Rhe1 d4 22.Nd5 Nbxd5 23.exd5 Qd6 24.Rxd4 cxd4 25.Re7+ Kb6 26.Qxd4+ Kxa5 27.b4+ Ka4 28.Qc3 Qxd5 29.Ra7 Bb7 30.Rxb7 Qc4 31.Qxf6 Kxa3 32.Qxa6+ Kxb4 33.c3+ Kxc3 34.Qa1+ Kd2 35.Qb2+ Kd1
36.Bf1 Rd2 37.Rd7 Rxd7 38.Bxc4 bxc4 39.Qxh8 Rd3 40.Qa8 c3 41.Qa4+ Ke1 42.f4 f5 43.Kc1 Rd2 44.Qa7


[Event "EUCup 16th"]
[Site "Neum"]
[Date "2000.09.24"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Peter Svidler"]
[Black "Michael Adams"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C78"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "67"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 d6 8.a4 Bg4 9.d3 0-0 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nbd2 b4 12.a5 Rb8 13.Qe2 bxc3 14.bxc3 d5 15.d4 exd4 16.Qxa6 dxc3 17.Qxc6 cxd2 18.Nxd2 Bd4 19.Ra4 dxe4 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.Bxe4 Be2 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Bc2 Re8 24.Re1 Re6 25.Qxe6 fxe6 26.Rxe2 e5 27.a6 Qd7 28.a7 Ra8 29.Rxe5 g6 30.Re4 c5 31.Ra6 Rxa7 32.Rxg6 Bg7 33.Bb2 Qb5 34.Bc3


[Event "Politiken Cup"]
[Site "Copenhagen DEN"]
[Date "2001.07.20"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Thomas Bach Nielsen"]
[Black "Thormod Furu"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2025"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "A11"]
[EventDate "2001.07.16"]
[PlyCount "30"]

1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxc4 4.a4 e5 5.d5 Bb4 6.e4 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qa5 8.Bd2 cxd5 9.exd5 Bg4 10.f3 Bh5 11.Bxc4 0-0 12.Nge2 Nbd7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.fxe4 Nc5 15.Ba2 Nd3+


[Event "Israeli Championship"]
[Site "Tel Aviv"]
[Date "2002.11.30"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Emil Sutovsky"]
[Black "Ilya Smirin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2657"]
[BlackElo "2683"]
[ECO "B23"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Ng5 0-0 8.f4 exf4 9.Bxf4 h6 10.Nf3 Be6 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 Na5 13.Nh4 b5 14.Nf5 bxc4 15.Bxh6 gxh6 16.Nxh6+ Kh7 17.Nf5 cxd3 18.Qxd3 Kh8 19.Rae1 Qb6 20.Qh3+ Nh7 21.Rxe7 c4+ 22.Kh1 Qxb2 23.Re4 Rg8 24.Qxh7+


[Event "Torneo Continental Americano"]
[Site "Buenos Aires, ARG"]
[Date "2003.08.27"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Gennadi Sagalchik"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C12"]
[EventDate "2003.08.17"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Ne2 dxe4 6.a3 Be7 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Nxe4 f5 9.N4c3 c6 10.g3 b6 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Qd3 Nd7 13.Nd1 Qc7 14.c4 0-0-0 15.Ne3 Kb8 16.Qc2 Bd6 17.f4 h5 18.h4 Nf6 19.0-0-0 c5 20.d5 Rhe8 21.Nc3 a6 22.Rhe1 Rg8 23.Nf1 Rxg3 24.Nxg3 Bxf4+ 25.Kb1 Bxg3 26.Re2 Bc8 27.Rd3 Be5 28.Na4 Ka7 29.Rb3 Nd7 30.Bf3 Rg8 31.Bxh5 exd5 32.cxd5 b5 33.Nc3 c4 34.Rxb5 Bxc3 35.d6 Qxd6 36.Rxf5 Rg1+ 37.Ka2 Qxa3+


[Event "Torneo Continental Americano"]
[Site "Buenos Aires, ARG"]
[Date "2003.08.27"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Gennadi Sagalchik"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "C12"]
[EventDate "2003.08.17"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Ne2 dxe4 6.a3 Be7 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Nxe4 f5 9.N4c3 c6 10.g3 b6 11.Bg2 Bb7 12.Qd3 Nd7 13.Nd1 Qc7 14.c4 0-0-0 15.Ne3 Kb8 16.Qc2 Bd6 17.f4 h5 18.h4 Nf6 19.0-0-0 c5 20.d5 Rhe8 21.Nc3 a6 22.Rhe1 Rg8 23.Nf1 Rxg3 24.Nxg3 Bxf4+ 25.Kb1 Bxg3 26.Re2 Bc8 27.Rd3 Be5 28.Na4 Ka7 29.Rb3 Nd7 30.Bf3 Rg8 31.Bxh5 exd5 32.cxd5 b5 33.Nc3 c4 34.Rxb5 Bxc3 35.d6 Qxd6 36.Rxf5 Rg1+ 37.Ka2 Qxa3+


[Event "Mtel Masters"]
[Site "Sofia BUL"]
[Date "2005.05.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2785"]
[BlackElo "2778"]
[ECO "B90"]
[EventDate "2005.05.12"]
[PlyCount "120"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.Qd2 b4 10.Na4 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.b3 Bd7 13.Nb2 d5 14.Bf4 Nxf3 15.Nxf3 Nxe4 16.Qd4 f6 17.Bd3 Bc5 18.Bxe4 Bxd4 19.Bg6+ Kf8 20.Rxd4 a5 21.Re1 Be8 22.Nh4 e5 23.Rd2 a4 24.bxa4 Kg8 25.Bg3 d4 26.Rd3 h5 27.Bxe8 Qxe8 28.g5 Rc8 29.g6 Rh6 30.Rxd4 Rxg6 31.Nxg6 Qxg6 32.Rd2 Rc3 33.Red1 Kh7 34.Kb1 Qf5 35.Be1 Ra3 36.Rd6 Rh3 37.a5
Rxh2 38.Rc1 Qe4 39.a6 Qa8 40.Bxb4 h4 41.Bc5 h3 42.Nd3 Rd2 43.Rb6 h2 44.Nf2 Qd5 45.Be3 Re2 46.Rb3 f5 47.a7 Rxe3 48.Rxe3 Qb7+ 49.Rb3 Qxa7 50.Nh1 f4 51.c4 e4 52.c5 e3 53.c6 e2 54.c7 Qxc7 55.Rxc7 e1=Q+ 56.Rc1 Qe4+ 57.Ka1 Qd4+ 58.Kb1 Qe4+ 59.Ka1 Qd4+ 60.Kb1 Qe4+


[Event "Corus Wijk aan Zee"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2006.01.14"]
[Round "Round 1"]
[White "Sergey Karjakin"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "B90"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "74"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4 16.Nbd4 exd4 17.Nxd4 b3 18.Kb1 bxc2+ 19.Nxc2 Bb3 20.axb3 axb3 21.Na3 Ne5 22.h4 Ra5 23.Qc3 Qa8 24.Bg2 Nc7 25.Qxc7 Rc8 26.Qxe7 Nc4 27.g6 hxg6 28.fxg6 Nxa3+ 29.bxa3 Rxa3 30.gxf7+ Kh7 31.f8=N+ Rxf8 32.Qxf8 Ra1+ 33.Kb2 Ra2+ 34.Kc3 Qa5+ 35.Kd3 Qb5+
36.Kd4 Ra4+ 37.Kc3 Qc4+


[Event "Linares-Morelia"]
[Site "1:03:33-1:06:33"]
[Date "2007.02.22"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Levon Aronian"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D23"]
[EventDate "2007.02.17"]
[PlyCount "95"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Ne4 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.Nh4 Bxh4 13.gxh4 Nef6 14.e4 Bg6 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.Bf4 Rfe8 17.Rad1 b5 18.Bd6 e5 19.d5 Nh5 20.Bf1 f6 21.b3 Nf4 22.a4 bxa4 23.bxa4 Bf7 24.Rb1 Ra7 25.Red1 Rc8 26.Ne2 Nxe2+ 27.Bxe2 cxd5 28.exd5 Nf8 29.Bb5 Raa8 30.Be7 Ng6 31.d6 Nxe7 32.Bd7 Nc6 33.Rxb7 Nd4 34.Bxc8 Rxc8 35.Rdb1 Rf8 36.Rb8 Be8 37.a5 Nf3+ 38.Kf1 Nd2+ 39.Ke1 Nxb1 40.a6 Bc6 41.a7 Kf7 42.d7 Ke7 43.Rxf8 Kxd7 44.a8=Q Bxa8 45.Rxa8 h5 46.Ra7+ Ke6 47.Rxg7 Kf5 48.Rg3


[Event "Anand-Kramnik World Championship Match"]
[Site "0:02:33-0:03:33"]
[Date "2008.10.17"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Vladimir Kramnik"]
[Black "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D49"]
[EventDate "2008.10.14"]
[PlyCount "82"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+


[Event "London Classic"]
[Site "0:57:33-0:48:33"]
[Date "2009.12.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Vladimir Kramnik"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2801"]
[BlackElo "2772"]
[ECO "A29"]
[EventDate "?"]
[PlyCount "85"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a3 0-0 9.b4 Be6 10.Rb1 f6 11.d3 a5 12.b5 Nd4 13.Nd2 Qc8 14.e3 Nf5 15.Qc2 Rd8 16.Bb2 a4 17.Rfc1 Nd6 18.Nde4 Ne8 19.Qe2 Bf8 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Qd7 22.d4 c6 23.Nc5 Bxc5 24.dxc5 Nc4 25.Rd1 Qc7 26.Bc1 Na5 27.bxc6 bxc6 28.Nxa4 Rxd1+ 29.Qxd1 Rd8 30.Qc2 Qf7 31.Nc3 Qh5 32.Ne2 Bf5 33.e4 Bg4 34.Ng3 Qf7 35.Bf1 Be6 36.Qc3 Ra8 37.Rb4
Qd7 38.f5 Bf7 39.Bf4 Qd1 40.Kf2 Nb3 41.Be2 Qb1 42.Bc4 Rxa3 43.Ne2


[Event "Pearl Spring Chess Tournament"]
[Site "0:52:33-1:03:33"]
[Date "2009.09.29"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Veselin Topalov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "E90"]
[EventDate "2009.09.28"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 Na6 7.Be3 e5 8.d5 c6 9.g4 Nc5 10.Nd2 a5 11.a3 Nfd7 12.Rg1 a4 13.Qc2 Nb6 14.0-0-0 Bd7 15.Kb1 cxd5 16.cxd5 Rc8 17.Bb5 Bxb5 18.Nxb5 Qd7 19.Nc3 Bf6 20.g5 Bd8 21.h4 Na8 22.Bxc5 Rxc5 23.Qxa4 Qc8 24.Rc1 Nb6 25.Qd1 Qh3 26.Qf3 Qd7 27.Qd3 Kg7 28.Rc2 f6
29.gxf6+ Rxf6 30.h5 Rxf2 31.hxg6 h6 32.Nd1 Rxc2 33.Nxf2 Rc8 34.Ng4 Bg5 35.Nf3 Nc4 36.Nxg5 hxg5 37.Ne3 Nxe3 38.Qxe3 Qa4 39.Qxg5 Qxe4+ 40.Ka1 Re8 41.Rc1

Dec 28 2009

Chess by Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges – Selected Poems
Edited by Alexander Coleman,
Copyright 1999
Published by Viking, New York, Ny.
Page 103


Set in their studious corners, the players
move the gradual pieces. Until dawn
the chessboard keeps them in it’s strict confinement
with its two colors set at daggers drawn.

Within the game itself the forms give off
their magic rules: Homeric castle, knight
swift to attack, queen warlike, king decisive,
slanted bishop, and attacking pawns.

Eventually, when the players have withdrawn,
when time itself has finally consumed them,
the ritual will certainly not be done.

It was in the East this war took fire.
Today the whole earth is its theatre.
Like the game of love, this game goes on forever.


Faint-hearted king, sly bishop, ruthless queen,
strraightforward castle, and deceitful pawn -
over the checkered lack and white terrain
they seek out and begin their armed campaign.

They do not know it is the players hand
that dominates and guides their destiny.
They do not know an adamantine fate
controld their will and the battle plan.

The player too is captive of caprice
(the words are Omar’s) on another ground
where black nights alternate with whiter days.

God moves the player, he in turn the piece.
But what god beyond God begins the round
of dust and time and sleep and agonies?