Humor In Chess: A Collection of Stories

Humor In Chess: A Collection of Stories

Humor In Chess by Dewain Barber and Ralph E. Bowman is a collection of funny chess anecdotes published at the end of 2019. The book is a 2020 Chess Journalists Award Winner in the category of Self-Published Book and it is available for purchase on Amazon.com (Humor In Chess: Barber, Dewain, Bowman, Ralph E.: 9781675183168: […]

Lubomir Kavalek 1943-2021

Lubomir Kavalek 1943-2021

Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek died Jan. 18, according to a tweet by GM Ian Rogers. Kavalek won the Czech championship in 1962 and 1968, and the US championship in 1972, 1973, and 1978. He played on seven US Olympiad teams, and medaled six times. In 1974, he was among the world’s top 10 players. In 1976, […]

Eade Foundation Accepting Applications for Its $1000 Arthur Award through Jan. 30

Eade Foundation Accepting Applications for Its $1000 Arthur Award through Jan. 30

    The Eade Foundation, which aims to “enhance chess literacy and chess excellence”, accepts essays applying for its annual Arthur Award through Jan. 30, 2021.     According to The Eade Foundation, the $1,000 Arthur Award “recognizes players who strive for chess excellence and [work] towards goals consistent with the Eade Foundation’s mission”, which it describes as “building […]

Merry Christmas!

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

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

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

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 […]