Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin

For any serious Chess fan, Josh Waitzkin is a name that is familiar. A chess grandmaster, Waitzkin was the subject of the critically renown film adaptation of the book 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' which was written by Josh's father.

Waitzkin played chess for many years, and then decided to take up martial arts. In particular, he specialized in Tai Chi and the martial art of 'Pushing Hands'. In the book 'The Art of Learning', Waitzkin explores the depths at which he has mastered the ability to learn new concepts and things. Waitzkin develops his thinking about learning the intricacies of chess and chess strategy and uses it to master a completely foreign art, 'Pushing Hands'. The book, then, is a story of Waitzkin's history and method, and an explanation to think like him.

I therefore highly recommend looking at Waitzkin's book, and seeing for yourself the Art of Learning.
Check it out here: Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Where to play Chess Online!

Hey all! Recently got into the whole chess scene. If you're having a hard time finding places to play locally, playing online is a great option for both novices and intermediates looking to get better. Whether it's practicing openers, developing midgame or end game thinking, playing online is just about the best way to play against varied opponents from across the world. If your rank is low, playing online is just about the best way to increase your chess rating (FIDE ELO).

Great places to play online must of course include the venerable Yahoo! Games Chess
Check out Yahoo! Chess here: http://games.yahoo.com/board-games

Sparkchess is another great place to play, it offers a flash based in browser game as well as a downloadable game and you can play online with it: http://www.sparkchess.com/

Here is another flash based chess game: http://www.maniacworld.com/flash-chess.htm

Free Chess Resources

Hey all! I recently decided to get into playing Chess for the first time. As a result, I've been exploring the internet and discovering new resources and places where all the masters go. Discussion boards, opening databases, you name it! Below are some links that I've found will help a novice Chess player discover more about the game.


http://www.chess.co.uk/ - London Chess Centre

http://verhelst.home.xs4all.nl/chess/programming.html - Computer Chess Programming

http://www.chesscafe.com/ - Chess Cafe, learn more about Chess and its past