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On Chess: Bracket frenzy at the Chess World Cup

Aug 22, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: What is it about a bracket that brings such fervor?

Chess could admit that its tournament systems can get a bit impotent and confusing at times – from round robin to Swiss systems, half points to full – but the good, old-fashioned bracket has the ability to transcend all forms of competition with its familiar emotional frenzy.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 19, 2013 - Does anyone have a horse I can borrow? I want to ride one through the streets of the Central West End and holler at people.

Magnus is coming! Magnus is coming!

I hate secrets. I’m terrible at keeping them. Call me a journalist: The truth will set you free.

Magnus Carlsen is 22 and the world’s highest-rated player ever. He will be in St. Louis for a tournament in September.
Ray Morris-Hill | 2013

Does anyone have a horse I can borrow? I want to ride one through the streets of the Central West End and holler at people.

Magnus is coming! Magnus is coming!

On Chess: The lambs of sacrifice in chess

May 22, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 22, 2013: A sacrifice in chess is a move that gives up a piece in the hopes of gaining tactical or positional compensation in other forms.

Last week, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura sacrificed his crown as the King of America.

On Chess: Carlsen again takes the Tal Memorial

Jun 21, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 21, 2012 - Each year, the Tal Memorial brings together the strongest players in the world for a super-elite, round-robin tournament. Named after the “Wizard from Riga,” former World Champion Mikhail Tal, this year's event was the most exciting edition yet because it featured a number of decisive games. In last year’s event most of the games were drawn.

On Chess: Who's the man?

Sep 27, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2011 - When I was a much younger man, I saw a film titled "Who's the Man?"

It was a light comedy, but throughout the movie, the two main characters would pronounce, "You the man!" to each other.

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