Merry Christmas!

      Hope everyone has had a great fall and has managed to stay safe.  The CJA has had a couple of problems.  As some of you may have noted, our website had significant difficulty when there were problems with the move and the website had not been backed up right before the move.  Thankfully, Franklin had […]

GM Gelfand Throws Shade at Tweeple

      I much dislike the common social media phrase: “Shared without comment”, because that is a comment, and usually implied agreement. IM Kavutskiy thought GM Gelfand “roasted half of #chesstwitter” in his Technical Decision Making in Chess. Rather than share without comment, I agree: Yeah, this is a jeer:       Black will win in the long run. […]

On the Inordinate Number of Fischer-Sozin Najdorfs in That TV Series

      Mr. Shaibel was a horrible chess teacher, whose first lessons for Elizabeth Harmon used all 32 units. We don’t begin with 2x2x2x2x2, we begin with 2 + 2.       Despite Mr. Shaibel’s teachings, Harmon beat Burgov at the end, and they all lived happily ever after. Except for real-life chess teachers meeting parents who think their […]

Adapt or Die

      Chess Life editor John Hartmann said during the New Formats for Chess Journalism panel at the ChessTech conference Dec. 6: “Adapt or die.”       Hartmann was talking about the evolution of content and style in Chess Life as the magazine tries to keep a seat at the table with live streams and short videos.       The Chess […]