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Shaun Press
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The Iron King
Street Chess took an excursion over the border today, playing a rare Sunday event in the village of Michelago. When I woke up this morning the weather looked quite worrying, but as I got closer to the venue, the skies had cleared considerably. However the w...
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Why Blitz is not Chess (Part 72)
I've just dragged myself out of bed to watch the Ultimate Blitz Challenge from St Louis, involving Kasparov, So, Nakamura and Caruana. The first surprise was that after 7 rounds all four players were on 50% (3.5).  The second was that is seemed Wesley So wa...
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A resource for chess scripts
While looking for some dhtml (Dynamic HTML) scripts related to a software development project I am working on, I came across a site that (a) had a number of good script examples and (b) had some nice chess related code. dhtmlgoodies.com seems to be a genera...
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Leading with your chin
When Frank Marshall wheeled out the Marshall Gambit against Capablanca, much was made of the fact that Capablanca refuted it over the board (having never seen it before). Why this was such a big thing I was never sure. Every time a player faces something ne...
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Some magnificent time wasters
If you need a change of pace from 'all chess, all the time' here are a couple of browser games to while away the hours. The first is ' A Dark Room ' which is a combination of Text Adventure/Resource Gatherer/Rouge Like game, while almost have a Zorkish feel...
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Giri wins!
I suspect the above headline will be repeated on a number of chess sites, but Anish Giri has started Norway 2016 with a win. For those wondering why this is a surprise, it is because he managed to draw every game he played in the 14 round 2016 Candidates to...
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Wins for Carlsen, Caruana and Nakamura
Three big events all finished within days of each other, with wins for three of the biggest names in world chess (and a third placing for probably the biggest). Fabiano Caruna won the US Championship at his first attempt, scoring 8.5/11 and finishing a fu...
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Forking knight with knight
Magnus Carlsen pulled of the nice endgame trick of forking a knight with a knight, in his win of Vladimir Kramnik at the 206 Norway Chess Classic. Carlsen had been winning from early on, and by the end his advantage was overwhelming, but it still a nice mov...
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Rise and shine campers
One piece of advice I constantly read about being successful is that successful people wake up 3 hours before they get to work. The idea is that this time is then spent planning/organising the day ahead, leaving more time to be productive. Of late I have be...
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Botvinnik v Keres
One of the great chess mysteries concerns Paul Kere's string of second place finishes in the Candidates Tournaments (1953, 1956, 1959 & 1962). The conspiracy theory is that Keres was not allowed to challenge for the World Championship Match, this being the ...
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Gawain Jones win Dubai
GM Gawain Jones has won the 2016 Dubai Open (on countback), finishing with 7.5/9 alongside GM Vladimir Akopian. Going into the final round Jones was playing leader Boris Savchenko, who was on 7/8. Using an opening novelty suggested by Australian GM David Sm...
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Norway 2016 starts today
The Norway 2016 Supertournament begins in a few hours, with a blitz event to start proceedings. Unlike the previous year, the event is not part of the 'Chess Grand Tour', giving the organisers a little more flexibility in their player selection. Nonetheless...
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  • Australian National University
    2014
  • ACMA
    2016 - present
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Canberra - Sydney - Port Moresby - Melbourne - Ballarat
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Chess: International Arbiter, Member of FIDE Rules and Tournament Regulations Committee, FIDE Swiss Pairing Programs Committee
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    eScience (Masters), 2001 - 2003
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