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Ryan Emmett
Part-time writer. Full-time geek.
Part-time writer. Full-time geek.

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OMG! He's back...!

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Privacy Mythbusting #1: Nobody else cares about privacy! (Umm, yes they do.)

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Have you heard of these female players? User Spektrowski translates an incredible compilation of biographical articles ๐Ÿ“š about many unknown Soviet chess players. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Meditation for Beginners

"The most important habit Iโ€™ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, itโ€™s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. Iโ€™m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way. Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head โ€” it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of whatโ€™s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom."

#meditation #mindfulness #psychology #transpersonal

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Great offer! is giving away five-time WORLD CHAMPION VISHY ANAND's 30-minute Chess University lesson recording on patterns and themes ($25 value) for FREE! :-)

To access this lesson for free, simply go to the course page here:

Then click on "Take This Course" and on the checkout page, enter the special promo code: ANANDGIFT which will apply a 100%-off discount and make this absolutely free - $0.

All we ask is that you tell at least one friend about it or post on Facebook/Twitter so more chess players can benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime giveaway. The rule is, if you use this promo code, we would like you to share it with at least one person so they too can learn from the legend.

The ANANDGIFT promo code expires on June 5th so go ahead and use this code NOW before you forget!

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Garry Kasparov talks to Stephen Fry about machine intelligence at the Hay Festival today at 15:55 BST with live video coverage online from BBC Arts

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This nice puzzle made me smile.
Are the knights the most difficult chess piece to master? Test your mastery of the knight with this #dailypuzzle!

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If, like me, you enjoyed watching the creepy show #strangerthings then this will make you smile! Such a very creative homage!

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Some of the beautiful scenery in my homeland!

I've finally rejoined a local chess club, and I'm pleased to say I won my second game of the season tonight. Playing with digital clocks was a strange experience - I missed the ticking sound of the analogue clocks! The room was very quiet!
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