Archives for May, 2014

Sunday Chess Problem

My SIWOTI syndrome has not returned, the end of the semester notwithstanding. Watching the daily broadcasts from the recently completed U. S. Chess Championship, however, has certainly gotten my chess juices flowing. So here’s another installment of Sunday Chess Problem! Another mate in two for you this week, but with a twist. The problem below…

Sunday Chess Problem

Clearly there is only one way to celebrate the end of the semester. With the return of Sunday Chess Problem! For our return to the world of chess composition, I have chosen a charming, but not too complex, direct mate problem. It was composed by O. Strerath in 1948. White is to play and mate…

Musing About Graduation Speeches

It’s the season for graduation speeches, and let’s be honest, most of them aren’t very good. They tend to be very banal and cliched. So let’s begin this post with a strong candidate for best graduation speech ever. I am referring to Woody Allen’s speech: More than at any other time in history, mankind faces…

My Speech To the Graduates

Graduation was this morning, and it just so happens that I was the speaker. That I am posting the speech below should tell you that I thought it went pretty well. I’ll do a separate post describing some of the reactions, and commenting on a few of the other graduation-speech related stories that have been…