News and Notes: Chess Musical, Fantasy Chess, Chess Videos, Newsletters…

Some quick tidbits….

  • Happy 49th Birthday today (April 13th) to “The Boss” Garry Kasparov!

    His historical match against IBM’s Deep Blue inspired me to get into chess!

    I was in Philadelphia attending the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference when the first match was held in 1996. I was a computer science student at Allegheny College at the time. I remember tickets were about 10 dollars for students, but I was so broke, I couldn’t afford to go! I wish I had!

  • I am going to see “Chess: A Musical” tonight at the Arvada Center with my friend Paul Grimm.

    Should be fun!Chess the Muscial

    I listened to “One Night in Bangkok” this morning to get in the mood :-)

  • Just added a cool new promotional video on my main page – let me know what you think!

  • Here is a copy of my Easter broadcast Chess Tactics Newsletter that I sent out in case you missed.

    I include an “egg” I laid against Jeff Baffo at the Colorado Class tournament, where he sprung a neat “trap” with the Dunst Opening 1. Nc3! his pet opening, and I walked right into it!

  • This is “Tim Brennan” week for Paul Anderson’s chess e-mail newsletter.  You can read his newsletter here.  Every year he does a “Tim Brennan” week, and I write a guest column.  Paul writes a great chess e-mail newsletter, and I encourage you to sign up for it! (it’s free!)
  • I was chatting with one of my customers, Matt Shannon, who makes really cool USB chess boards, and carves his own pieces from wood.  Here is a beautiful pawn that he just designed and carved. Here is a cool video he made showing him playing on his board. Check out his very nicely designed website at:

  • I watched the movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this past weekend. I thought it was really cool that she was reading Bobby Fischer’s “My 60 Memorable Games” at the beginning of the movie.
  • I just signed up to play “Fantasy Chess” at, which should be interesting.  I have played Fantasy Football for years, and this is my second year playing Fantasy Baseball, but this is my first time doing Fantasy Chess :-)  It is free, and looks like it might be fun.2012 Fantasy Chess Logo US Chess Championship

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