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

Nico Pitney | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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
Quora

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

ReThink Interview: Katie Dellamaggiore and Alexis Parades of Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film follows five students, showing the impact chess and being on the team has on their lives, and how those gains may be erased when the economic meltdown forces budget cuts that may hamper the team's ability to compete at the highest levels.

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?