Far away are those days

Far away are those days when playing a chess tournament meant arriving to the playing hall and just to discover (of course, on a handwritten pairing sheet) who was your opponent for that round five minutes before the start. Some pioneers dared to call to the referee the previous night, took some opening book and checked some opening which according to some friend was usually played by his next opponent.

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What’s new in Chess Openings?

C60 Spanish - Dreev – The Cozio Defence (Chess Stars 2014). In this book, we have analyzed one of the oldest variations of the Ruy Lopez -1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7. The move 3...Nge7 was particularly popular during the second half of the 19th century. It was played at these times by such outstanding masters like Adolph Andersen and Willhelm Steinitz.

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Time, changes, chess: faster!?

"The times they are a-changin'" - Bob Dylan. Yes, Uncle Bob was right in the 1960s, is right now and will be right for ever and ever. In fact, the times are changing every day, every hour, every second. Conversely, chess has been quite stable throughout the times. Probably, it's due to its double art/game character.

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Lack of respect by GMs?

One of my favorite chess tournaments, if not the most, is the World Chess Cup. You have there plenty of interesting games, all kind of Grand Masters, classical, rapid and blitz games… what more can we ask for? But have you seen the hot drama between Kramnik and Bruzon? That was something.

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Evolution or cheating?

In our information society, everything changes so fast; could chess be an exception? An article on chess and time will be herein presented but now the changes in correspondence chess will be the matter of discussion. Until, let's say, twenty years ago, most correspondence chess was dependent on the postal system.

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The history of Chess Databases

The history of chess as such goes to medieval times and we can write several books about it. The oldest chess board was found in Uzbekistan and goes back to 7th century but when you try to look for information about the history of chess databases you suddenly have no articles to read. So why don't we have a look where does it come from?

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Chess Novelties

One of the very important and leading contributors to advance chess these days are chess novelties. The authors of Opening Master databases since very beginning of the creation thought about chess novelties and how to best approach them using the chess database system. The game is all about the “right” opening.

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Elementary schools chess

September 2015 is here, the summer is over, children and students return to their schools to learn something new. Believe it or not some elementary schools have chess classes part of their syllabus. Only three hours per week but the children who sign up for this class will be somehow different to their class mates who don't.

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Do we need chess databases?

It may seem obvious that chess players do need chess databases but did you stop for a second to wonder why? And, namely, for education purposes, is it so important? Well, let's try to answer. Education may be defined as the process of learning. And how can we learn? An old teacher told me, recently, that education is, simply, to pose questions! And the teacher role is to lead the student to these questions, to give him that uncomfortable feeling one experience until the answer is found! And an answer, obviously, will lead to more questions...

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Sinquefield, Cardiff and OM OTB

The summer is almost over and we are in front of the autumn doors. Just recently we were watching probably the most prestigious and important chess tournament - Sinquefield Cup 2015 in St.Luis, USA. Nakamura went up 2 places and Anand 2 down. Well, chess is a game after all. Our co-founder Dr.Jan Helbich, SIM went to Cardiff, Wales to represent Slovakia on ICCF world congress and worked on new September release of OM OTB. Wow, August was a busy month.

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