Author Archives: David

Weathering the Storm

In chess it can be very gratifying to weather the storm–i.e., to fend off an opponent’s attack with precise, logical moves.  Even better if you can emerge from the skirmish with an advantage, something that happens often when players of my … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment #7: The Back Rank Mate

Chess is all about seeing the threats and possibilities that each new position affords.  That, it turns out, is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do.  Positions change constantly, and once you’re through the ‘opening’ stage of the game odds are … Continue reading

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The Chess Project : Installment #6 : The Overeager Queen

In chess the Queen is the most powerful piece on the board.  As the most powerful piece, it is, somewhat paradoxically, the most easily threatened, since it (usually) must flee when any other piece on the board (except for the … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment #5: Reinfeld’s Nine Bad Moves

Fred Reinfeld was a popular American chess writer in the second half of the 20th century, and a pretty accomplished player in his own right.  He wrote scores of books on chess, addressed primarily to players at the advanced beginning-intermediate … Continue reading

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Love Poem

Here’s another gem from my collected works.  I found it in ‘Drafts,’ and, as you’ll discover, it’s way too good not to publish. Love Poem   My love for you is a rash That comes and goes.   Inflames, burns, … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment #4: Mating with the Rook(s)

Suppose you’re fortunate enough to find yourself playing White in the following position: Mating’s a breeze with two rooks against a lone King, and illustrates really nicely the Rook’s long-range power.  Simply drive the opponent’s King to an edge of … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment 3: Passed Pawns

I recently played an 8 (5) blitz game with my friend (each side has 8 minutes to play all his moves, with a 5 second increment added after each individual move).  Since my first post in this series was on … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment 2: A Chess Puzzle

A famous chess player–I forget which one–once said that even positions that look objectively hopeless often have hidden resources, if only one is persistent enough to find them.  That’s a nice line; it intimates the beauty and depth of the … Continue reading

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The Chess Project: Installment 1: Mating with the Queen

This is the first installment in what I hope will become a lengthy series of posts on chess. Each day, give or take–and history suggests more take than give–I’ll post something about chess.  I’m doing this for three reasons, mainly. … Continue reading

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Unger on Philosophy

Philosophers struggle with an intellectual/academic/disciplinary version of low self-esteem.  A recent victim is Peter Unger, who recently gives an interview-cum-advertisement for his latest book in philosophy, the central thesis of which is that philosophy is at best an enjoyable diversion … Continue reading

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