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Benefits and Drawbacks of Playing Chess Online

Posted by Arun J on

Benefits and Drawbacks of Playing Chess Online

Online Chess has bridged the gap between distance and availability. Now anyone can play with any level of players through the internet. But how should one approach it to make the best use of it?  This is a question many players and parents ask their coaches frequently. In this article, let's discuss the benefits and drawbacks of online chess.  Addictive Nature of Online Chess: The biggest drawback.  The online chess realm is full of players pre-moving for an Adrenalin rush, the sweet sensation of breaking another man's ego and just having fun. It's not uncommon for a player to complain...

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Alabaster Chess Sets- A Buyers Guide

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Alabaster Chess Sets- A Buyers Guide

What is Alabaster? Alabaster is a type of soft mineral rock and often used for carving and as a carving stone. It's calcite based so is typically a soft and light rock. Alabaster is a popular rock for high end chess pieces as it's possible to create a high level of detail in the carving.   Two Types of Alabaster There are two types of alabaster rock: Gypsum and Calcite. Gypsum Alabaster is not advised for chess pieces and some cheap chess pieces maybe gypsum so avoid these sets as even a fingernail can scratch them. Calcite, also known incorrectly...

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Chess Sets of the Future

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Chess Sets of the Future

Chess Sets of the future In the turn of the 19th century, a rare exhibit found its way to the British Museum; Something whose origin is still shroud in mystery and only a glimpse of it is still widely acknowledged. The Lewis Chess Men is a collection of chess pieces made using Walrus Ivory and carved in the most elegant manner from the 12th century. For a person passionate about Chess, the discovery is an amusement as well as a lesson in History. Chess has evolved over several centuries to what it is today. Compare the Lewis Chessmen with the...

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4 Opening Moves in Chess Everyone Should Know

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4 Opening Moves in Chess Everyone Should Know

The first few moves in a chess game have always been the subject of extensive research for chess lovers. After all, the opening moves from both sides play a vital role in determining the position of the middle game and the outcome of the end game. Rudolf Spielmann, an Austrian chess genius, popularly known as “The Master of Attack”, one said: “Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” Sound knowledge of opening theories is the foundation of a chess master. All great players around the world have spent time studying chess opening theories...

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Learning from your mistakes in Chess

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Learning from your mistakes in Chess

Learning from your mistakes:    When you pick up your tournament game score sheets and dissect them move by move, like a bug under a microscope, you'll come to understand that every game has a story secretly woven between the moves and hidden away from plain sight. Such stories or lessons are not uncovered unless a passionate chess player starts to analyze the games and review his or her decision-making process. It is then that a chess player starts to value the wisdom of a loss more than all those glittering trophies adorning his cupboard.    In this article I...

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