A five-time Canadian National Girls Champion, Alexandra Botez won the US Girls Nationals when she was 15. Currently, she holds the title of Woman FIDE Master with the International Chess Federation. In this video Botez has a rematch with well-known New York City chess hustler "Russian Paul," who plies his trade in street games in Union Square Park, Washington Square Park, Smith Avenue, and 141st Street.
Sitting at a table and occasionally moving chess pieces a few inches at a time turns out to be great exercise, at least if you're competing in a tournament. ESPN looked into why so many top-ranked chess players shed pounds a say while pushing pawns. Robert Sapolsky, who studies stress in primates at Stanford University,… READ THE REST
When the narrator says "less than 10 people are entrusted to carve the knights for world championship sets", one's mind may wander to the fact that chess authorities are among the most blatantly corrupt sporting bodies on Earth, so perhaps something hinky is at hand. But if anything the artisans are underpaid. The incredible refinement… READ THE REST
When I was an editor at Make:, one of the most popular posts I ever wrote was about a guy who'd sculpted, molded, cast, and constructed his own Dejarik Holochess (minus the "holo). But that was before ubiquitous 3D printers. Today, it's easier than ever to create a handsome and playable board and set. Now,… READ THE REST
You can watch every movie streaming on Netflix and even travel the world, but until you see the world from new heights, you don't know how much you're missing. That's just one of the reasons drone photography has become so popular — with over 900,000 currently registered in the U.S. — as it allows you… READ THE REST
Just as Lord Vader disarmed Mace Windu at Sidious's behest, you too can stand up to your enemies, whether it be your annoying boss or nosy mother-in-law, lightsaber in hand. Okay, so you're not actually allowed to go into battle with your so-called mortal enemies, but just like you were told as a kid, it… READ THE REST
If you were like everyone at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, then you probably tried your hand at bread-making. Maybe you were successful, but evidenced by the fact that so many people have left the hobby behind, it seems like bread-making was too much to handle for some. But what if you could automate… READ THE REST