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What should I get someone who likes chess?

I'd like to get a thank-you gift for someone who likes chess (probably a book but I'd be open to other suggestions). I don't know anything about chess; what should I get him? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Finding Computer Chess Analysis

When I was little I had a version of Chessmaster on a Windows computer, and the feature I found the most fascinating was that you could have the program analyze an entire game and the moves in it. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

What books or resources would you use to teach a kindergartner chess?

My question is twofold:
  1. What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
  2. Any tips for teaching a very young player?
He already knows all the basic moves and rules. [more inside]
posted by axoplasm on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for quotes about chess.

I'm trying to find particularly insightful or interesting quotes (or other pieces of evidence) about chess. Not only on it as an art form, but also about its psychological effects and also as the giant cultural phenomenon it has been over the past two centuries. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on May 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Tips for watching speed chess

I'm going to watch some chessboxing in a in a few weeks with some friends. I know the rules of chess but nothing beyond that, no strategies or anything, ways to tell a good move from a bad one or see who dominating. Are there some key things I can know/read/watch in order to have a vague understanding of what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Mar 24, 2014 - 5 answers

This game doesn't have immanuel.

Did Immanuel Kant ever say anything about chess? What about other board games? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Apps and websites to improve my chess game

Help me get better at chess! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jan 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Chess engine that would always resign

I remember reading about how, in the early days of computer chess, someone wrote this engine that played pretty poorly, but knew when the game was no longer in his favor and would resign. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Or would this have been a pretty common feature among many engines?
posted by Busoni on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Does learning chess (as an adult) help you become better at life?

Ok, so someone told me that chess is a lot like life in many ways and that becoming better at the game will also therefore make you better at seeing opportunities in life. Is this true? I'm no spring Chicken and I just learned how to play this game. I'm not ashamed to say it- This game literally hurts my brain. It is really hard and I feel so stupid when I play this. I suppose that makes sense since my life sucks from bad decisions I've made... assuming there's any truth to what this guy told me.
posted by manderin on Oct 29, 2013 - 28 answers

Help improve my chess openings

I've been playing chess casually since I was a kid. I feel like my middle and end games are decent, but my openings are weak, mostly because I haven't properly studied common openings and mostly make moves intuitively. What is the best method/resource (preferably online/interactive, but book suggestions are fine too) that would work as an "introduction" and later a way to strengthen my opening game for a non-beginner?
posted by coffee and minarets on Aug 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Word Freak for Chess?

Can you recommend a good chess book with as much history, context, stories, and culture as strategy? [more inside]
posted by suprenant on Feb 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Multiple board game set?

I'm looking for an all-in-one game set with multiple games: chess, checkers, backgammon, etc. The hard part: should also include go and shogi. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Check

What iPad app(s) will record a chess game and email the resulting PGN file to two email addresses? (Bonus points if we don't have to enter the email address anew each time.)
posted by Soliloquy on Nov 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Fischer versus Kasparov

Which player is more highly regarded, in terms of skill and mastery of the game, by the world chess community: Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Sep 29, 2012 - 10 answers

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games?

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games? I've been playing games on my phone, and I've got the option to export the PGN files. Is there a program I can use to import the games, that will give me easy to follow analysis or suggestions, or is there a forum where people give feedback on uploaded games? I'm not the most advanced chess player, so I'd rather something quite user friendly. Thanks in advance.
posted by surenoproblem on Apr 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Teaching chess to someone who's not a total NERD

A friend and I would like to start playing chess together. The only problem is that I'm a fairly strong player and he's not (knows the rules, hasn't played much, and not in a long time). Have any of you been in this situation? What to do? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me find a chess set for my brother's 40th birthday

My brother surprise birthday party is in a few weeks. He's an avid chess player. What is the dream chess set for the chess lover ?
posted by Baud on Jan 25, 2012 - 27 answers

Chess in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows chess question. (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Best single and multiplayer iPhone chess

What is the best single-player and multiplayer (like by mail, except push notifications) chess app for iPhone/iTouch? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Chess.com on the Kindle 3G?

Is it possible to use chess.com on the Kindle 3G using the built-in web browser and 3G connection? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Jul 2, 2011 - 1 answer

Activities For The Blind

Some fun and unusual activities for the blind or hard of sight, blind golf, Braille chess and Goal ball. Can you help me come up with more ideas?
posted by walee on Jun 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Each game of chess means there's one less variation left to be played

Is there sheet music available for the newer production of Chess as performed two years ago at the Royal Albert Hall with Josh Groban and Idina Menzel (http://www.chessinconcert.com)? Specifically I am looking for the arrangement of "Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)" (youtube video here). All the versions of sheet music that I have been able to find are from the original concept album, which is substantially different. Not only lyrical differences, but the ending is completely different with a modulation and extended fugue with all four vocal parts. If nothing else, can anyone recommend a UK source for sheet music that might have something?
posted by Lokheed on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Chess!

Hoping this exists: A website where I can set up a scenario on a chess board and then have it tell me what the next move should be.
posted by rastapasta on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Pity the child that can't find a production of his favorite musical

I love the musical "Chess." It is rarely ever produced, though. How or where can I get alerts in my email when a production of "Chess" is in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Chess sites wanted

I'm looking for free sites on which to play chess against live people. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Apr 15, 2011 - 20 answers

What's a lightweight, hassle-free site for playing Go

Is there any site which is as awesome for playing Go with a friend as lichess is for chess? "Awesome" means more specifically lightweight (dial-up friendly), browser-based, ad-free, no registration required.
posted by Wolfdog on Apr 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Learning to play chess in NYC

I live in New York and I want to learn to play chess. Can anyone recommend somewhere I can get lessons? General tips on learning to play would be great too. [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13 on Mar 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Fischer deliberately makes wrong chess move?

There was a chess match once between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky where Fischer deliberately made a wrong move to confound and confuse Spassky. Does anyone the details of this story? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Mar 20, 2011 - 5 answers

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game.

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jan 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Chess in Austin, TX

Where in Austin, TX do people hang out and PLAY CHESS? [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Jan 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Resiny to move and mate in three

I am an intermediate/ advanced beginner chess player. How can I best improve? And what software, if any, should I buy? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jan 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Unscientific comparisons

In the Dorling Kindersley book 'Learn Chess in a Weekend,' Ken Whyld, the author, says 'potentially there are more different games of chess than there are atoms in the universe.' Is this true? I have been wondering this for way too long.
posted by westerly on Oct 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Chess blogs

I'm getting back into chess and wondering what chess blogs are worth following. I'm interested in discussions of matches, analysis of positions and openings, and anecdotes about the game and its players. What sites do you check on a regular basis?
posted by ekroh on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Online Chess for Children?

Is there somewhere online that a ten year-old can play chess against other people? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Jun 20, 2010 - 17 answers

Check, mate! Help ID this illustrated chess book for beginners

Help me identify this very dramatically illustrated beginner's book about chess. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Well, that's funny.

In Donald Westlake's "What's So Funny", the macguffin is a jeweled chess set that weighs 680 lbs. This doesn't seem possible! [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on May 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me learn chess

What Mac, Linux or Web based resources are there out there to help me learn chess? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on May 6, 2010 - 7 answers

ChessFilter: I need help learning how to check and checkmate effectively.

ChessFilter: I need help learning how to check and checkmate effectively. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Apr 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Countdown

Is there an enumeration of complete chess games? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Mac "vs" puzzle games please!

I'm looking for some decent "vs" puzzle games that I and my 3 young boys (10 and under) can play against each other on my mac (a fun and silly chess game would be a plus, too). We have 2 macs in the house, so any online options would be welcome too! TIA.
posted by Brocktoon on Oct 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Playing out hopeless chess games/conceding

(Casual)ChessFilter: What is your personal policy on playing out hopeless chess games/conceding? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Oct 12, 2009 - 19 answers

Where did you play, Patzer?

TorontoFilter: I used to play chess all the time at the chess tables at Yonge and Gould before they tore them down about ten years ago. I know that these tables had a proper name. There was a City of Toronto plaque there that they removed about six months before they removed the tables. Does anyone remember what the official name was?
posted by 256 on Sep 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Do not pass Go.

This is Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game. Is there a similar book for chess? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Aug 5, 2009 - 4 answers

stalemate?

Gameknot chess on a Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by Oddly on Jul 21, 2009 - 1 answer

Stalemated trying to find fantasy chess story

I'm trying to track down a fantasy short story based around a real life infamous chess game. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 23, 2009 - 6 answers

"Do you play?" "Try me."

Was the chess set in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) a one-of-a-kind or a mass-produced set? What other details might you have on it?
posted by rush on Mar 3, 2009 - 7 answers

The best of 21st-century Broadway

I'm looking for showtunes from recent Broadway and off-Broadway musicals. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 21, 2009 - 25 answers

Where are the pages of statistics for smartletes?

There are lots of pages that display portraits of professional and amateur athletes next to their statistics. Where can I find portraits and statistics/rankings of the people who compete in more intellectual/less physical competitions? I'd love to see what the best (and not so great) chess, scrabble, and crosswords players look like.
posted by eisenkr on Jan 22, 2009 - 6 answers

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