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Teen Aims To Be First African-American Female Chess Master!

tv | Posted 11.08.2012 | Teen

By Sierra Tishgart At the I.S. 318 middle school in Brooklyn, 65 percent of students live below the federal poverty level. Yet despite the odds, th...

Public Diplomacy and the Flight to the Academy

John Brown | Posted 01.05.2013 | World
John Brown

Today, American public diplomacy, once implemented by an independent and very imperfect agency, is hidden away at the regulations-driven State Department, some would say like a coffin at a funeral home, despite the good intentions of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Obama-Romney Final Debate: Chess or Battleships?

Maxim Thorne | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

To win in Battleship you have to take out all your opponent's ships. In chess, you can leave pieces on the Board but still checkmate the King. Romney to his chagrin did not take out all of Obama's ships. Obama, on the other hand, played his chess game.

ReThink Review: Brooklyn Castle - Making Chess Club Cool

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's impossible to watch Brooklyn Castle and think that a program like this and the kids who benefit from it should be sacrificed so multi-millionaires can get a tax cut, so hopefully this scrappy, inspiring doc and its chess wizards get all the attention they deserve.

Obama's Middle Game -- Warm Alpha Male

Maxim Thorne | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

Obama has quashed the false race-based narratives, marginalized Romney as too far right, and now positioned himself fearlessly as presidential and a warm "alpha male." And if I am right, Obama has already set up Romney for checkmate.

Obama's Opening Gambit

Maxim Thorne | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

Obama will win this election -- he and the Democrats will win big. Or as happened once in my attempt at the gambit in a game with my father, I sacrificed the queen instead of the pawn, and lost. Was the first sacrifice a queen or pawn?

Chess Legend Svetozar Gligoric Dies

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 10.15.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Svetozar Gligoric, the legendary Serbian grandmaster, died in Belgrade on August 14 at the age of 89. He was one of the world's leading chess players of the 20th century, a fearless competitor and a true gentleman. His chess career spanned 70 years.

Student Saves High School Chess Club | Posted 04.26.2012 | Impact

Earlier this year there were fears that the Roudenbush Chess Club might be discontinued, but it appears that one Westford Academy freshman has been ab...

Cook County Inmates Learning Chess

AP | By DON BABWIN | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Call it the Sheriff's Gambit. A sheriff in Illinois is turning to kings, queens and rooks to help teach inmates at his jail not to behave ...

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.13.2012 | New York
Len Berman

Bobby Valentine, for the first time as manager of the Red Sox, will face the Yankees tonight in Tampa. He'll say something juicy for sure.

RZA Wants To Play Chess Against Chelsea Handler

Posted 03.05.2012 | TV

The gauntlet has been thrown on "Chelsea Lately" (Weeknights, 11 p.m. EST on E!). When Chelsea Handler found out that RZA considered himself a pretty ...

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: A Christmas Wish

J.D. Bell | Posted 02.22.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

All I want for Christmas is to never hear about Michelle Obama's ass again. Unless it's at my barbershop. Now come, ye faithful readers. Gather round...

Astoria Characters: The Kindred Spirit

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's Thanksgiving time, and Kim Parshley is getting ready to make her famous pumpkin pie. She wishes the recipe had been handed down from her grandmother. It wasn't; she was left to concoct it all by herself.

Check Mate: Three Black Teens Take The Chess World By Storm | Posted 11.18.2011 | Black Voices

It rarely comes as a surprise for an African American to be the latest rising sports star, whether he's slam dunking on the court or scoring touchdown...

Take That Tiger Moms: A Pussycat Raises A Chess Champ

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

How hard to push a child who has talent, but maybe not motivation?

Long Live the Chess King

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 09.21.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

Every year since 2005, the picturesque Slovak town of Banska Stiavnica stages a game of living chess. It is a powerful, almost mystical, spectacle with human chess pieces dressed into medieval costumes and armed with spears and swords.

17 Sports You Didn't Know Existed

The Huffington Post | Craig Malamut | Posted 08.28.2011 | Comedy

If you're looking to stay toned and buff this summer, but don't want to take the conventional route, there are a lot of exercise options out there tha...

Take Down Bin Laden With This Taliban-Themed Chess Set

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.21.2011 | World

Frustrated with the war on terror? Think you could do a better job? Thanks to a Canadian toy company, you're free to give it a go. The company, Hed...

New Documentary On The Genius And Insanity Of Bobby Fischer

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.05.2011 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

By the time he died in 2008, Bobby Fischer had proven that chess was more than a simple board game. His takedown of world champion Boris Spassky from ...

HuffPost Review: Queen to Play

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Queen to Play seems so obvious in its metaphors and plotting that you come away stunned at the end to realize just how engaging and involving it is. ...

Illuminations: A Conversation With Josh Groban, Plus Dave Barnes, Hilary Scott & Jennifer Love Hewitt's New Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


'First Move' Teaches Kids Chess Strategies For Life (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In classrooms across the country, kids are forgoing multiplication tables in favor of chess boards in an initiative to stimulate critical thinking. Ki...

Survivor 21: Infants vs. Senior Citizens: Spinning Marty

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We started right out this week with Twice-Shoeless Dan telling Crazy Holly he wanted to quit. There are thousands of people out there who want to be on Survivor, and only 36 to 40 who actually get to do it each year.

How to Make Chess Cool (and Other Marketing Conundrums)

Claire Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Claire Wasserman

We aren't your typical educational nonprofit, providing the usual services of tutoring and SAT prep. We do something extra- something specific and a bit unusual. We do chess.

Ukraine Wins Chess Olympiad

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

To win gold medals at any chess olympiad, you need exceptional performances. If that is not enough, you need some luck. Ukraine had it all at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.