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Chess Musings is Leveling UP

May 6, 2020

Dear readers,

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing a huge upgrade to this blog. For the last dozen years, chessmusings.wordpress.com has allowed me to share my great passions for writing about and teaching chess with a global audience. I’ve covered the local Northern California scholastic chess scene with the same excitement as the many World Championship Matches I wrote about. I’ve met and interviewed a ridiculous number of chess celebrities and enjoyed sharing all these experiences with my readers. But the time has come for chessmusings to level-up to a premium site. From now on, all new content will be posted at https://dailychessmusings.com I look forward to continuing to serve the chess community and my loyal readers.

Sincerely,

Chris Torres

5 ways chess can make you a better law student and lawyer

December 21, 2019

Paul Morphy, New York 1859

Paul Morphy was a 19th-century New Orleans chess prodigy who was the de facto world chess champion during much of his short life. He rarely lost when he played throughout Europe and the United States. He was also a lawyer who graduated from what is now Tulane Law School. As a student, he was said to have memorized the Louisiana Civil Code in English and French.

— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/5-ways-chess-can-make-you-a-better-law-student-and-lawyer-127290

Chess + Poker: Are the Skills Transferable?

December 8, 2019

Can a professional chess player become a professional poker player? Are the skills transferable?

Absolutely! I think the skill sets for chess and poker are closely related and I’ve been a professional in both.

https://www.quora.com/Can-a-professional-chess-player-become-a-professional-poker-player-Are-the-skills-transferable/answer/Chris-Torres-13?ch=10&share=a18199cd&srid=i4Sz

Getting the Lead Out (of chess pieces)

December 8, 2019

Given the environmental effects and neurotoxicity of lead, what would be a better material to use for adding weight to plastic chess pieces?

www.quora.com/Given-the-environment-effects-and-neurotoxicity-of-lead-what-would-be-a-better-material-to-use-for-adding-weight-to-plastic-chess-pieces

‘Three steps ahead’: How Cowboys’ Amari Cooper leverages chess, Rubik’s Cube to outwit defenders

November 19, 2019

‘Three steps ahead’: How Cowboys’ Amari Cooper leverages chess, Rubik’s Cube to outwit defenders

Cooper began preying on defensive backs in the Dallas locker room last season. Sometimes, he’ll ask one he’s just beaten on a route in practice, “You ready?” before they re-engage in a chess battle. Teammates say Cooper is the most skilled of the five Cowboys players who now joke they have a chess club. Awuzie says he isn’t losing as much as he did in the fall. Still, he has only bested Cooper 13 times in 60 attempts. 

— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/1376492001

Mikael Máni’s chess-world inspirations | Jazz Journal

November 15, 2019

Chess might not on the surface seem a natural bedfellow for jazz but Icelandic guitarist Mikael Máni found inspiration for Bobby, the new album by his trio, in the biography of grand chess master Bobby Fischer.
— Read on jazzjournal.co.uk/2019/11/15/mikael-manis-chess-world-inspirations/

Carlsen checks out of Norway’s chess federation

November 9, 2019

Magnus Carlsen PHOTO: FRChess/Nick Barton

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships.
— Read on www.newsinenglish.no/2019/11/08/carlsen-checks-out-of-norways-chess-federation/

Gata Kamsky: “I wonder if my life is repeating itself.” – Perlen vom Bodensee – das Schachmagazin

November 8, 2019

As a twelve-year-old he defeated the former World Championship Candidate Mark Taimanov. That was in 1986, the onslaught of the prodigy from southwestern Siberia on the chess throne had begun. Ten years later he faced Anatoly Karpov in a match over 20 games. At stake was nothing less than the world title. Kamsky lost – and retired from chess.
— Read on perlenvombodensee.de/2019/11/08/gata-kamsky-i-wonder-if-my-life-is-repeating-itself/

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead

November 6, 2019

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27958462/how-cardinals-kyler-murray-uses-chess-stay-least-one-step-ahead?platform=amp

Kyler Murray at the chessboard (photo: espn.com).

Years before Murray was a Texas high school football and baseball legend, before he was a Heisman winner at Oklahoma, before he was a first-round pick of the Oakland A’s and the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, before he was the face of the Arizona Cardinals — who on Thursday face the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL Network) — Staten recruited him to the chess club at Degan Elementary School in Lewisville, Texas.

Chess teaches inmates a different way of thinking

November 5, 2019

Chess teaches inmates a different way of thinking
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.inquirer.com/life/jail-inmates-chess-tournament-upside-20191103.html?outputType=amp

“They always compare chess to the game of life,” he said. “If you make good decisions, it’s ultimately going to lead to a good outcome. You make bad decisions, it’s going to lead to bad position, and you’re going to lose the game.”


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