Tuesday, 25 August 2009
"How Can I Beat Kasparov's Evans Gambit?"
An improbable scenario but interesting nevertheless.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Derren Brown - Chess Simul (Trick Of The Mind Series)
Derren Brown Being Interviewed By Richard Dawkins For 'The Enemies Of Reason' TV Program
Sir David Frost Interviewing Garry Kasparov - 5th December 2008 on Al Jazeera English
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Tom Baker @ Book Signing:
[Who on Earth is Tom Baker? (ISBN 0-00-638854-X)]
I have just posted on 'ALCHEssMIST Chess' (here) the scene from Doctor Who where K9 plays chess against The Doctor (Tom Baker). Surprisingly, The Doctor makes an illegal move 1. Qd2-d4, as the white queen is pinned against the white king by K9's (black) queen on c2. The only legal move for the white queen is 1. Qxc2. See chess position below with white to move.
This simple error in chess rules is surprising. I suspect that Tom simply did as was suggested by the director. Then again, maybe the error was deliberate so as to provoke a response by the "anorak community". I was going to say "geek community", but the modern use of the term "geek" had not been invented 32 years ago (1977).
So Tom Baker can you play chess?
General Doctor Who fans, "The Sisterhood", chess anoraks, miscellaneous geeks and pedants would like to know the answer. A voice over answer on a future episode of Little Britain or further guest appearance on the quiz show Have I Got News For You would be ideal.
Image Credit - crop of image by Phil Guest on Flickr (cc).
Posted by ALCHEssMIST.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
ALCHEssMIST has an interest particularly in the cultural, historical and cognitive aspects of the game of chess. Recently he has been looking at 'Chess Records' and will be documenting some of these on the companion blog ALCHEssMIST Chess Records.
Some of the 'Chess Record' postings:
- Current World Chess Champion
- Highest Chess Quotient Of All Time
- Highest Ever FIDE Elo Rating
- Most Accurate Chess Player Of All Time
- Most Popular Chess Website (Alexa)
- Oldest Living Chess Grandmaster
- Oldest Continually Running Chess Event
- Oldest World Chess Champion
- Women's World Chess Champions
- Youngest Chess Grandmaster Of All Time
- Youngest Female Chess Grandmaster Of All Time
- Youngest World Chess Champion
- Undisputed World Chess Champions
Posted by ALCHEssMIST.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900):
"What does not kill him, makes him stronger."
"Was ihn nicht umbringt, macht ihn stärker."
This quote comes from - Friedrich Nietzsche's (1844-1900) last original book - Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (German: Ecce homo: Wie man wird, was man ist). Although Ecce Homo: was written in 1888, it was not published until 1908, a period of 8 years after Nietzsche's death. Nietzsche was a very influential 19th century philosopher and philologist from Germany, whose written works are well worth reading.
So why is ALCHEssMIST quoting Nietzsche?
Well, ALCHEssMIST wishes to give a heartfelt thanks to the "unknown agent(s)" [;^)] who recently created some problems with this site. As a result, ALCHEssMIST has learned a great deal about that which he did not understand before. Those readers who check this blog from time-to-time will note some changes. Some of these changes are as a direct result of the problems alluded to above. Other changes on this site reflect the multidimensional character that is ALCHEssMIST.
Posted by ALCHEssMIST the Gamesman.