Friday, May 29, 2009

Chess Around the Net

This guy takes building a chess engine in a backwards direction. Very cool ... check it out.

I'm a big JoePa fan. I found this recent quote from him:

“In checkers, every checker can do the same thing,” he said. “Chess, the king can do one thing, the pawn can do another thing, the whole bit. Football and coaching is (determining) who's the pawn? Who's the king? So you can put them all together. ... I don't have any reservations about playing a freshman. ... When I say to a kid, 'Hey, get ready to get knocked on your rear end,' I also tell him, 'Learn. Learn why you got knocked on your rear end, so when you come out to practice the next day, they're not going to knock you on your rear end the same way. And you've got a chance to knock him on his rear end.' There's no hard-and-fast rules. We've got a bunch of kids coming in, we're going to work our butts off to see how good they can be, and how much we can help them be good. We've got to put the combination together that gives us the best chess board.” (Source:

And from this Chessbase report, check out this guy's hair:
Chess, band and math nerds in California breathed a big sigh of relief after a judge there decided that "drug testing of students taking part in competitive, nonathletic activities ... is an unjustified invasion of privacy."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wang Yue

Does anyone else giggle upon reading this gentleman's name?
Just say it a few times ... Wang Yue. I think news reports should start using headlines like "Yue wangs Ivanchuk"
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