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Why Chess?

John Koshy | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
John Koshy

If you favor intelligence over strength, then think chess. Unlike some other games, chess does not rely on luck, muscular strength or brute force. It is a brain over brawn exercise and an exquisite art form that has existed for more than 1500 years.

Chess Grandmaster Says Men And Women Are 'Hard-Wired Very Differently'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science

British chess grandmaster Nigel Short is responding to criticism after recently arguing that inherent differences in men's and women's brains may expl...

Weiqi Versus Chess

David Gosset | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
David Gosset

Generally non-confrontational, ready for paradigm change and fundamentally non-ideological, China, which has regained centrality, is increasingly at the source of initiatives shaping the global agenda.

5th-Grader Leaps To Death After Losing Chess Match, Cops Say

AP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Crime

DUMONT, N.J. (AP) -- A fifth-grade boy who lost a chess match during recess was in tears and upset because his opponent did not say "checkmate" before...

Celebrating the Talent, Recognizing the Voice: Judy Kuhn

Steve Schonberg | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Before Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kuhn was the voice exciting audiences on Broadway and beyond. The 56-year-old star originated the roles of Cosette and Florence in Les Miserables and Chess.

Chess in a Conflict Zone: Turkey-Syria Border (Part 6)

Shermin Kruse | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

The lone American in the trailer leans over the students to study their moves, his Syrian translator practically attached to his hip. The Karam Leadership Program identification card hanging around his neck sways side-to-side as he points out a strategic mistake.

Putin's Next Move

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


This Awesome Teen Wants To Be The Youngest African American Chess Grandmaster

Nico Pitney | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Nico Pitney

There were plenty of signs that 16-year-old Joshua Colas was a chess prodigy. "He told me one day, 'Daddy, I can play you blindfolded,'" his father...

Samuel Sevian: Young Armenian-American Grandmaster Rises to the Top

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.14.2015 | Sports
Christopher Atamian

Bobby Fisher non-withstanding, chess has never been a huge sporting phenomenon in the Unites States. In the small Republic of Armenia, it is a religion. This country of less than 3 million has given the world two World Chess champions.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

Thousands Of Students Learn Chess In Florida Schools

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents

By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug 30 (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-yea...

How a Chess Grandmaster Is Breaking Barriers to Expand the Audience for His Game

Mayu Saini | Posted 09.13.2014 | Black Voices
Mayu Saini

"My vision is to expand the audience for chess," he says, modestly, his words backed up by years of action in creating this audience.

Kasparov in Zadar

Jeanne Oliver | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Jeanne Oliver

Mrs. Kudrun was excited. The petite, middle-aged director of the Hotel Kolovare in Zadar pulled me aside. "Sprov! Chisspipple!" she hissed, pointing...

Ancient Game -- Youthful Galápagos Sensation

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Cecilia Alvear

While preparing for other tournaments at the provincial and national levels, Sophia says her dream is "to be a worldwide chess champion and win a medal for Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands." She also dreams of becoming a great artist someday.

One Of The Only Times Bill Gates Will Look VERY Dumb

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology

STOCKHOLM, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Newly crowned Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen took just nine moves to checkmate Bill Gates in a speed gam...

What Does It Feel Like to Be Defeated by a Chess Prodigy?

Quora | Posted 02.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by John Fernandez, @JFernandez, 2133 FIDE In 2002, I was happily playing in the Bermuda Open wh...

Sebastian Murdock

LOOK: This Taxidermied Mice Chess Set Is The COOLEST THING EVER | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.11.2013 | Weird News

Now you can play out the battle for Redwall right in front of you -- with stuffed mice! These black and white, custom taxidermy pieces, made by Ets...

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

Which Of These Classic Toys Should Join The Hall Of Fame?

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The National Toy Hall of Fame has narrowed the nominees for its class of 2013. This year's finalists are: Bubbles, chess, the boar...

First Nighter: Regina Taylor Confronts the Computer Age Poorly, Matt Charman Does It Better

David Finkle | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Whatever Regina Taylor is trying to get across in stop. reset., at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney, has gone completely over my ...

Meet The Youngest U.S. Chess Expert

AP | GRANT WELKER | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of th...

Staying Home On The 4th Of July? Try Adding These To Your Party

The Huffington Post | Rain Embuscado | Posted 06.29.2013 | HuffPost Home

They're great ways to soak up some sun.

5 Homes for Sale With Giant Chess Boards

Ryan Nickum | Posted 06.05.2013 | HuffPost Home
Ryan Nickum

Most home buyers settle for a house with a walk-in closet and a stainless steel fridge. However, a select few demand an estate worthy of kings and queens, refusing to seal the deal unless it includes multiple horses and castles.

The Intellectual's Super Bowl: Knowing the Basics of Chess

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Chess exists as the purest form of intellectual competition this side of a university debate. Head to any major urban park on a sunny afternoon and find the chess hustlers on the benches, decimating all challengers willing to slap down a five-dollar bill.

Cheering for a Mate in Two: A Review of Brooklyn Castle

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Hilary Levey Friedman

You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.