My favorite part

November 19, 2017


Mike Singletary

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”

Mike Singletary, American football coach (1958-)

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Did you really find the best move?

October 22, 2017

Dr. Emanuel Lasker der deutsche Ex-Schachweltmeister, beabsichtigt im Frühjahr dieses Jahres seine Weltmeisterschaft wieder zurückzuerobern!
Dr. Emanuel Lasker in seinem Berliner Heim.

“Wenn du einen guten Zug siehst, such nach einem besseren.” *
* “When you see a good move, look for a better one.”

Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (1868-1941)

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Stay motivated!

September 24, 2017


‘Old Lion’ Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill, English statesman (1874-1965)

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Two players’ visiting cards from old versions of MiGs (click to enlarge).

Just dare it!

June 18, 2017


Friedrich Nietzsche circa 1875, by F. Hartmann in Basel (public domain)

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“Man vergilt einem Lehrer schlecht, wenn man immer nur der Schüler bleibt. Und warum wollt ihr nicht an meinem Kranze rupfen?”

(Ecce Homo, Vorwort, 1888)

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One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath?

(Ecce Homo, Foreword, 1888)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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Problem of the month: April 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game.

Take the place of the machine

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS

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Once more this is a game between our friend boulet (Black) and Mogwai’s MLA program at its highest level (White). You can see this game 29001 on MiGs‘ history.

This is Black move 48, and MLA is currently 3-4 ahead. At this point, the program should have concluded quickly. However, the game will continue until move 62 and a 4-6 score.

With this situation, could you have done better than MLA and will you win with only a few moves?

What endgame(s) do you propose?

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