Archives for November, 2015

The Final POTW Has Been Posted

The title says it all. Go have a look and let me know what you think. Problem of the eek will make a triumphant return in January. See you then!

A Little Light Reading

I’m currently working out of my New Jersey office, which is to say that I’m visiting my family for Thanksgiving. But if you’re looking for a little light reading, try this short post by Andy Borowitz at The New Yorker: Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question…

“Unrest” On College Campuses

Colleges and universities have been in the news lately. This has been for a variety of reasons, some good, some silly, some bad. Hanging it over it all, however, is something that’s bothering me. We’ll come to that shortly. Let’s start with the good. Threats and “fighting words” are not protected speech. Shouting the N…

Holly Holm Defeats Ronda Rousey

Sunday Chess Problem is taking the week off. But in other sporting news, Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey in their big fight on Saturday. I’ve been a casual MAA fan for a while, and I like Ronda Rousey, so I actually bought the Pay-Per-View to watch the fight. Now, the thing about fighters is that…

Ruse’s Atheism Book

I’ve started reading Michael Ruse’s book Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press earlier this year. Ruse is a philosopher at Florida State University, but he has turned himself into something of a crackpot over the last ten years. He’s edited two books with ID proponent Bill Dembski, has picked foolish…

Sunday Chess Problem

My new issue of Chess Life showed up in the mail, and it included coverage of the Sinquefield Cup from this summer. (Chess Life has a long lead time). Anyway, in the game between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, Nakamura played the Queen’s Gambit Declined as black. He was very lucky to draw the game.…

POTW 8

The eight Problem Of the Week has now been posted, along with a solution to last week’s problem. Enjoy!

Sunday Chess Problem

Yes, granted, it’s actually Monday. But it was only a technical glitch that kept me from posting this yesterday, so it still counts as Sunday Chess Problem! We’re going to stick with endgame studies for this week. This one was composed by a fellow named Seletsky in 1933. It’s white to play and win: That’s…