Chess

Chess has been described as a synthesis between art, science and competitive endeavor, and is widely seen as a metaphor (however vague) for life in general or at least a philosophical interpretation or outlook on life. As with all games and sports, chess is about defeating a foe in a battle of skill and ability, but the struggle in chess involves deep analytical and intuitive subtlety due to its inherent appearance of simplicity but actual complexity.

The game is deceptively simple, with its relatively few rules, all of which are easily understood by people of all abilities. However, in chess there are twenty possible starting moves for White (who always plays first) followed by a further twenty for Black (each army starts as a mirror of the other), making 400 different positions on the first move alone. In each of these 400 scenarios, White would probably have a further, for example, 20 or 25 moves, taking the possibilities to at least 8000, then 150,000, 3,000,000, and so on.

It has been proven mathematically that there are more possible ways for a game of chess to unfold than there are atoms in the Universe, though this depends on estimates of how many atoms there are in the universe and the assumption that this number is finite.

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    • The Perpetual Chess Podcast Weekly interviews with movers and shakers from the chess world. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      EP 272- "Positional Puzzle Book Championship" with Neal Bruce - Perpetual Chess Podcast

      Popular guest and dedicated improver Neal Bruce is back on Perpetual Chess to break down the most useful “Positional Chess Puzzle” Books for club players. For those who have not heard Neal’s prior appearances, he is a dad and an executive at a software startup who devotes a lot of his free time to improving his chess game, often via flash cards made from chess books. Neal is amidst a 10 year study plan and has recently completed a phase during which he went through 8 positional puzzle books. In our interview, Neal discusses why he thinks this was an important step for his chess development and assesses the books he read. He ranks them in order, assesses their pros and cons, and their usefulness for different rating levels. At the end of Neal’s book breakdown we catch up with Neal a bit and discuss what is next in his 10 year chess study plan. Links for all of the books referenced, as well as timestamps are below.   Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by IM Jeremy Silman  Mastering Chess Strategy by GM Johan Hellsten (also available on Chessable)  Mastering Positional Sacrifices by IM Merijn van Delft  The Positional Chess Handbook by FM Israel Gelfer  Practical Chess Exercises by Ray Cheng  IM Jeremy Silman’s Reassess Your Chess Workbook  Techniques of Positional Play by Valeri Bronznik and IM Anatoli Terekhin . Prior appearances by Neal:  “Pawn Book Championship” Episode 241 Book Recap #11- Taking Winning Chess Strategies with Neal Bruce  Book Recap #6- Woodpecker Method and Rapid Chess Improvement with Neal Bruce  0:00- We begin by catching listeners up on Neal’s background and discussing why Neal decided to study 8 “positional puzzle” books.  5:00- How has this intense study of positional chess impacted Neal’s chess game?  14:00- What books might be good precursors to the books that Neal discusses?  Mentioned: Simple Chess by GM Michael Stean, The Power of Pawns  16:00- Neal discusses two books that didn’t make the list:  Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley, Beyond Material by GM Davorin Kuljasevic  20:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. For a limited time, Chessable let me pick some of my favorite courses to put on sale. It includes two courses discussed in this podcast: https://go.chessable.com/perpetual-chess-podcast/ 21:30- Neal ranks the 8 books he reviewed! The first 4 books are: IM Jeremy Silman’s Reassess Your Chess Workbook  (Read Dr. Patzer’s review here) The Positional Chess Handbook by FM Israel Gelfer  How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by IM Jeremy Silman (Discussed in Book Recap #2)  Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering  37:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Aimchess collects and analyzes your games and gives you actionable tips based on the data it gathers. Check the site out, and if you choose to subscribe, please use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.  38:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Better Help. You can see some online reviews here, and if you sign up, use this link to save 10%: https://www.betterhelp.com/chess 39:30- The final 4!  Techniques of Positional Play by Valeri Bronznik and IM Anatoli Terekhin . Read Sam Copeland’s Review of Techniques of Positional Play Mastering Positional Sacrifices by IM Merijn van Delft  Check out IM Andras Toth’s review of Neal Mona List here  Practical Chess Exercises by Ray Cheng  Mastering Chess Strategy by GM Johan Hellsten (also available on Chessable)  1:04:00- What are Neal’s OTB tournament plans? What books will he read next? 1:08:00- Thanks as always to Neal for dedicating so much time to sharing his chess knowledge! The best way to reach and keep up with him is via Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
      1. EP 272- "Positional Puzzle Book Championship" with Neal Bruce
      2. Book Recap #25- Review and Discussion of The Mammoth Book of the World’s Greatest Chess Games with NM Chrisopher Chabris and FM Graham Burgess
    • Chess: The Full English Breakfast A chess podcast with a couple of cheeky chaps! Macauley Peterson hosts International Master Lawrence Trent and Grandmaster Simon Williams to breakdown the chess world into lively short bites. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel
      Episode 54 - May Musings The FEB gang share a bottle of wine and check in on the World Championship, Magnus Carlsen, online blitz grudge matches with Americans and what's (not) rotten in the state of Denmark. Dormant but not dead, subscribe to the podcast to get our irreverent if irregular inquiries into the state of chess and the chess world!   Simon Williams appears courtesy GingerGM.com Support the show! You can help the show grow by sharing your favourite episode with friends and family, or if you can spare a minute, please write us a review and leave a high rating on iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Thanks very much!
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    • BBC Radio 4 Across the Board Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

      Piers Morgan - Across the Board

      Across The Board is a series of interviews conducted over a game of chess. In this programme Dominic Lawson talks to the outspoken journalist and broadcaster Piers Morgan. The game turns out to be a brutal affair.
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