Archive for December 29th, 2008

There is an article in the Scientific American titled, “Men’s Superiority in Chess Explained.” While the title of this post bears a question mark, the article’s title did not. The article claims to explain the rationale of why men dominate chess. They basically say that since there are more men playing then they have a […]

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EARL HAMMUDTrenton New Jersey Maximum Security Prison.Photo by Oliver Fluck. Five years ago, I penned an essay titled, “Prison Chess: The Game Called Life.” Chess is a game that holds a lot of intrigue among prisoners. There are reports that have found that chess helps prisoner behavior and also reduces recidivism rates. However, it is […]

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This was an interesting question that was posed to each participant in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament which just ended yesterday. The question was “Is higher education necessary for professional chess-players?” The answers from the Chess Grandmasters (GMs) ranged from ambivalence to advocacy. Some of the answers seem to be addressing separate questions. Many players […]

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Angelo Armistead Principal, Humphrey Middle School Angelo Armistead was recently featured in a Chicago-area newspaper concerning his promotion of chess in a school where he is the principal. Armistead is a Chicago southside native who attended South Shore High School and then Chicago State University. He earned a Master’s at Governor’s State University and then […]

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