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by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Mathematics Conference London Olympia 6-7 Dec
Replies: 65
Views: 7881

Re: Chess and Mathematics Conference London Olympia 6-7

I'm seeing the research (or at least a presentation of it) but as yet I'm not seeing the peer review. My memory's failing (incipient senility) but I seem to recall some indirect connection between chess and general academic success (chess seems to foster study skills and focus). As far as I know, t...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 3058

Re: Chess philosophy

The only thing left to do when you are a queen down is evaluate - lost. The idea that you should try and justify it with a variation is almost laughable. But there are opening lines where the queen is sacrificed for three minor pieces or even two minor pieces. And then you do need subtle positional...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 3058

Re: Chess philosophy

It does seem to me that it is a mistake to disregard older chess publications as being out-of-date and of no value. If nothing else they provide a historic record of the development of all aspects of chess not just opening theory. I enjoy Cozens' The King Hunt and Vukovic's The Art of Attack in Che...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does your club have chess books?
Replies: 16
Views: 3293

Re: Does your club have chess books?

Also if we were to get rid of the books, where would be a decent place for them to go? If they're opening books from thirty and forty years back, they can be discarded. If they're books on strong players and their games (Smyslov, Gligoric, etc.), they may have some value. Likewise for some tourname...
by Arshad Ali
Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Hack the experts way
Replies: 6
Views: 2440

Re: Hack the experts way

The other title was "Illogical Chess move by move".... There's certainly need for a book with such a title. The games should exemplify concrete counter-intuitive analysis at the expense of mindless logical principles, which tend to dull intelligence and act as ineffective crutches to playing the ga...
by Arshad Ali
Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131402

Re: The English Language

"Superior" may not mean "numerically greater" and in chess it usually doesn't. It tends to mean more effective, more coordinated, more flexible, with more control of key squares. Sun Tzu covers this in more detail in The Art of War, and his discussion could also apply to chess.
by Arshad Ali
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess philosophy
Replies: 27
Views: 3058

Re: Chess philosophy

I believe the synthesis of human knowledge, intuition and creativity combined with computer accuracy is an excellent blend for chess analysis. It is... a question of man and machine working together rather than a fight between the two. (Christian Kongsted) Couldn't agree more. When looking at older...
by Arshad Ali
Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New York Times axes chess column
Replies: 53
Views: 5607

Re: New York Times axes chess column

May be true, but fewer and fewer people are buying them. I wonder if any of the children at the chess clubs I run - some of whom know all about chess.com and other sources of free chess material on the internet - will ever buy a newspaper in their lives. I doubt it. As I seem to recall, NYT is runn...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New York Times axes chess column
Replies: 53
Views: 5607

Re: New York Times axes chess column

So, Arshad, and others will be happy to see chess columns, books, magazines and live teachers vanish as chess on TV has already done. They will then bemoan the fact that, partly with the help of their influence, the number of chessplayers, clubs and tournaments drops away dramatically. Oh, I said t...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New York Times axes chess column
Replies: 53
Views: 5607

Re: New York Times axes chess column

Arshad >The chess (and bridge) columns in newspapers don't have much in them.< Hello, perhaps you don't support chess. The chess and bridge columns in newspapers should not be disparaged. They are of great value to the chess community . The loss of Leonard Barden's column in the printed version of ...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New York Times axes chess column
Replies: 53
Views: 5607

Re: New York Times axes chess column

But isn't Kasparov right? The chess (and bridge) columns in newspapers don't have much in them. If one is a regular reader of any newspaper, one's eye might stray to the chess column only out of casual interest or ennui.
by Arshad Ali
Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: chesscafe.com
Replies: 45
Views: 12779

Re: chesscafe.com

Well, they do have a living to make. No point, from a business point of view providing freebies to non-US chessplayers who won't buy anything (assuming you can't buy from outside the US) Living in the USA, I've used them for buying some of Aagaard's Quality Chess books, which are either not availab...
by Arshad Ali
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: chesscafe.com
Replies: 45
Views: 12779

Re: chesscafe.com

$50 is too much. I only read (or rather, used to read) the book review section. I've bought books from them in the past, which helps to support the site. For $70 you can get a year's membership at the ICC and roughly the same for a year's premium membership at Playchess.
by Arshad Ali
Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131402

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:Thank.
What does 'slip away' add to the concept of escaping in:
if White plays 6.Kd5, Black could slip away from the face-off with 6...Kf4.
?
Watch the film, Gunfight at the OK Corral.
by Arshad Ali
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Popularity of various openings
Replies: 30
Views: 5796

Re: Popularity of various openings

At sub 2000 level 1 d4 tells you that your opponent probably isn't a tactician. Maybe that can be said about those who play 1.c4 or 1.Nf3. The problem with 1.d4 is you can get drawn into maelstroms like the Benko Gambit, the Benoni, the King's Indian, the Grunfeld, and the Dutch. 1.d4 doesn't alway...