Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Chess Improvement Carnivàle Posts Please!

Hey everybody, I've only gotten a handful of submissions so far for the Chess Improvement Carnivàle so let's pick up the pace, the deadline is June 2 and if I don't have enough high-quality dead-solid-perfect posts I will go to your blog and link without permission. Don't think I won't do it. people.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sixth Chess Improvement Blog Carnivàle!

I am hosting the sixth chess improvement blog carnival (or carnivàle for those with flair)!

I can see that it will not be easy to match the awesomeness of the fifth, at Hebden Bridge Chess Club, or the fourth at Liquid Egg Product, the third at Blunderprone, the second at Brooklyn64, and the first at Founding Blogger Blue Devil Knight's Chess Confessions. I don't know what the THEME is going to be, yet. These guys had great THEMES. I'm sure something will occur--just get me the material, people!

Submissions go to the Chess Improvement Carnival page. You may submit your own or other content you like. Remember, if you want others to see it, then submit it! The Management is generously extending the deadline to June 2, so get cracking.
Party Down, Bloggers!

Monday, May 16, 2011

GM Nigel Davies "The Chess Improver"

My friend Rocky Rook posts this morning on GM Nigel Davies blog The Chess Improver:

"I've yet to find a post I thought was rubbish."

High praise indeed!

After my long break from chess blogging (and most chess blog reading) it happens that I just recently started reading Chess Improver as well. Nigel Davies seems to be very interested in the connectionis between chess improvement and life improvement, which is also a great interest of mine.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Edward Winter's "Capablanca"

I see over at that Winter's superb Capablanca is coming in paperback. I admit that I don't actually own the book, but I read a friend's copy some years back and it is truly a pleasure. He gives a good flavor of what it's all about in the linked interview.

Direct from the publisher here. Also, Mr. Winter's web site Chess Notes is a must for anyone interested in chess beyond three-minute internet games.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Back in Business

After having the blog "closed" for about a year, I have reopened it to the World. We will go back to our roots and concentrate on chess, with the occasional photo or music video for spice.

No politics, current headlines or meditations on the state of the world. I have decided that there are certainly enough of those all 'round.  Let's just have FUN!

BUMPED Memorable Game 9: 2002 Alaska State Ch., Ron Campbell - R. Pearson 0-1

As I mentioned in Memorable Game 8 the 2002 Alaska Championsip was a memorable tournament, I won the state Class B trophy and in the last round got a measure of revenge for Memorable Game 7 where Ron Campbell hunted my king to his death.  Now it was him and me, mano a mano for the trophy, the fame, and the fabulous cash prize (I think it was 70 bucks or so).  The game was certainly short and sharp...

Grand Canyon, South Rim, May 2, 2010

Photo by me.  It was 6:30 pm, 36 degrees F and winds 30-40 mph--some of the people in their "summer" clothes looked like they might not make it back...