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Navara's King march up the board to h8 has to be seen to be believed!
 
Navara played one of the most amazing games in recent years in Biel!
David Navara stole the show in round four of the Biel Chess Festival's Grandmaster Tournament with an amazing king walk. The Czech GM beat Radek Wojtaszek and leads alone. Mickey Adams lost again, this time to Pavel Eljanov. This year's Biel tournament doesn't have a top 10 player but ...
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I think he had done some analysis before the game using a computer, but even so it takes some guts to play it!
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Should Pluto be regarded as a planet? I hope it gets 'promoted' again. #planets #pluto #newhorizons
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Fantastic news! #philae #esa  
The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth, seven months after it lost power.
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Should chess be in the Olympics? I don't think it's a good idea...
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I used to think so, but not really. Chess needs to stand on its own, it's unique. Although it does require a level of fitness and stamina, it really isn't a sport in the true sense. It's a mind game.

What chess really needs is the popularity it had in the 1980s. This along with the Internet would do much for its popularity.

I still think the push for chess in schools is where modern efforts should go. If we can get chess to become just part of everyday life, not some geeky thing. We'll see its popularity rise and all the benefits that would go with this.
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A cheating controversy has erupted at Chess.com after two titled players were banned after being accused of cheating in an online tournament. Is it fair for Chess.com to ban players without publicly revealing their evidence? 
On June 2, 2015 we found two titled members to have cheated in our monthly Titled Tuesday tournament. This blog serves as Chess.com's official statement on the matter, and sheds light on our general stance on cheating in online chess.
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"Deep heuristic" my foot. That's corporate crap. Their "terms and conditions" allow them to do whatever they please, and the "we do it for your own experience" is self-serving. Don't waste time there.
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Stop whatever you are doing and play through this game by the Chinese prodigy Wei Yi right now! Absolutely amazing!
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I can't stop watching videos about it! It's incredible! :0
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I can't recall this happening before. Maybe time-trouble addict Vassily Ivanchuk had a similar experience once upon a time?
 
Magnus Carlsen learnt his lesson the hard way today!
Norway Chess saw a shocking end of the first round as GM Magnus Carlsen lost on time to GM Veselin Topalov in a winning position, unaware of the time control. Earlier, GMs Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had won their games. To sum it up, one could say that the round saw ...
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As an avid 1 minute chess player (online at ICC) I am glad Magnus was in a winning position. Speed chess isn't real chess and you have to adjust your depth of thought to compensate, Magnus is the best and this doesn't prove that assessment wrong.
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You wait years for a chess film, and then two come along at once! ;-)
Two new chess films will hit the screens, one starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and the other, and award-winning film called The Dark Horse
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I love it!
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This should be a great tournament!
 
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, you name it! Big preview of Norway Chess: http://bit.ly/1FddqJV
Norway Chess, the first tournament in the first Grand Chess Tour series, kicks off on Monday with a blitz tournament on the Flor & Fjære island. Here's a preview! The third edition of the Norway Chess tournament runs June 15-26 in the Stavanger region of Norway. The participants are GMs Magnus ...
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Will Wei Yi be better than Magnus Carlsen?

This article has an interesting graph comparing the rating progress of the amazing Chinese prodigy Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen at the same ages. The next year could prove crucial for Wei Yi if he is to emulate the world champion. Do you think Wei Yi will eventually be a threat to Carlsen, or will his rise fizzle out as he faces the world's elite players?
Yesterday IM David Martinez published an excellent article on chess24.com, pondering whether or not Wei Yi should be considered to be "ahead of Magnus Carlsen at the same age". I started to respond...
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I should really have another crack at the Couch to 5k program. #nhs #health #running
 
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I grew up in the South Wales Valleys in the 1970s and haven't strayed very far away, now living in the rapidly expanding commuter belt in Church Village.

I fell into finance because I was good at maths in school, and I've been working for the local authority (almost) ever since.

Outside of work, I'm married to a wonderful woman who puts up with my chess addiction with infinite patience.

I'm a godless, left-wing libertarian who likes Stephen Fry, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, and barbecue sauce.
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