Miracle on the chessboard: USA topples Russia

A general rule of thumb at the Chess Olympiad: The winner uses an alphabet we Westerners struggle to read. So when the USA, having drawn three and won five of its first eight matches, turned up against first-place Russia today in Istanbul, the odds weren’t on the USA’s side. And then just look at theContinue reading “Miracle on the chessboard: USA topples Russia”

Monday Myriad: Trash-talking backfires in chess; order restored to Giro?

Starting with CHESS today for the worst case of trash-talking blowing up in one’s face since the Kids in the Hall bar-fight sketch … Defending U.S. chess champ Hikaru Nakamura couldn’t have made it more obvious that he saw a weak link in the 2010 championships’ final four. Via the St. Louis Chess Club TwitterContinue reading “Monday Myriad: Trash-talking backfires in chess; order restored to Giro?”

Monday Myriad: Sparkling play in WPS, short-sighted decision in Italy

We’re starting with WPS for a highlight that probably didn’t make SportsCenter (correct me if it did) but should have. It’s Abby Wambach’s back-heel, throwing off three defenders and setting up the Washington Freedom’s first goal against the run of play as the Atlanta Beat once again looked wonderful but couldn’t finish. If you wantContinue reading “Monday Myriad: Sparkling play in WPS, short-sighted decision in Italy”

After alleged world title ‘blunderfest,’ chess world turns to St. Louis

The fun thing about watching chess in the Internet age is that you have no shortage of ideas about what’s going on. Yesterday, around move 40 of the 12th and final game in the World Chess Championship, defending champion Vishy Anand had either all but officially retained his title, blundered away his advantage, come upContinue reading “After alleged world title ‘blunderfest,’ chess world turns to St. Louis”