Monthly Archives: December 2015

5 Chess Commercials You Have to See


Chess is not as popular on television as we’d like it to be. However, it is definitely a great selling tool. The World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has taken a step forward in this matter and has been the protagonist of several ads, being the G-Star image for many years. In the latest Porsche 911 commercial we can see him sharing screen with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali and the worldwide popular tennis player Maria Sharapova. The advertisment, released just a couple of days ago, made us look for more TV spots where chess is in the flashlight. Here is a list of our favorites:



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6 Chess Apps for Kids



Very often we get questions about apps kids can use to learn or improve their chess. We were aware of apps to solve puzzles and play chess, but they were not all suitable for kids who are just starting to discover the magic of chess. That being said, we spent the last couple of days having fun and trying some chess apps designed for kids.

Here’s our recommendation:

Chess for Kids. FREE, offers in-app purchases. We found this app that’s offered by chess.com easy to use, with a friendly interface and very useful for kids. They can learn the rules with the short introductory video, solve puzzles in order to sharpen their tactical vision and practice what they’ve learned versus computers of different ratings (from 400 to 2200) or online, against other children.

Coach Jay’s Chess Academy. FREE, offers in-app purchases. The app is structured in 5 levels and teaches kids very important concepts: checkmate, defense, endgame, strategy and tactics.… Read more

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5 Apps for Chess players

 

What are the essential Apps to be keep track of what’s hapening in the world of chess through your smartphone? Don’t know? No problem.

Here is a list of our top 5:

FollowChessFollow Chess. FREE. This one is a must have if you want to follow live retransmisions from tournaments all around the world. It’s free and easy to use, you don’t need signing up or anything. You can upgrade to PRO version in order to enjoy more features like looking through past games, download pgn etc. You should have this one by now, but if you don’t have it yet, go get it installed!

chess24Chess24 FREE Definitely a top App. Not only you can follow live retransmision of every major event but this is also a server in which you can play online against people around the globe. It also has an engine to analyse your games right after you finish playing.… Read more

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New publications for The Chess World

Busy days here in the Island Charm but we haven’t forgotten about chess. Here is a short update of our last articles for TheChessWorld.com .
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Our last two articles can be found here:

The Scotch Opening
A short overview of a solid and reliable line for white in the Scotch opening. We chose the four knights variation which always had the reputation of being harmless. However, it seems that the positions arising are fresh and with room for plenty of new ideas. Have a look yourself.

The Chess Principles
For beginners and not only beginners, the chess principles of chess are hardly unbreakable. In this article we have a look at the most relevant principles of the opening and we add recent examples of how these rules are not always obeyed ending in a awful result. Enjoy!!
 



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