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WELCOME TO MY CHESS BLOG AT MONROI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris on Wed, Mar 26 2008 (15:18)

Of all the many wonderful people out there in the chess world that are blogging, writing, working and involved in chess, you might be wondering why MonRoi asked me to do a blog on their website, especially under a section called “Experts.” I also asked the same question! Hopefully the rest of this page will shed some light on the subject.

 

My Chess Background

 

I was a fairly late starter, not joining a chess club in my home town of Hull, England, until I was about 15. Of course, I had played chess at school but nothing as serious as going to a club. I remember my first ever competitive game for Hull YPI, a team that played in the Hull & District Chess Association (HDCA) league. We drove about 20 miles to get to Market Weighton, the team we were playing against, and I was extremely nervous. Unfortunately I managed to lose in 11 moves with the black pieces against a Colle Opening where I fell into a mate on h7 after being tricked into moving my knight from f6 when I couldn’t resist the lure of an unprotected piece!

 

After that audacious start, the next few years saw me raise my game to a rating of around 170 BCF (British Chess Federation as it was known back then, now the English Chess Federation) or approximately 1950 elo. I also got involved with the HDCA, first as a board member, then as League Secretary and finally as General Secretary. I developed a monthly newsletter and also created their first ever website back in 1995, which I updated until I left my home town and moved to Las Vegas, USA, at the end of 1998.

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MONROI AND I PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zeljka on Tue, Mar 25 2008 (20:46)

 

We are often asked about challenges that our engineering team faced in designing the MonRoi system. My parents knew that I was up to something when I grabbed to read the entire collection of Franz Kafka at 12 years old. Here we go... From paper scoresheets to wireless, portable, electronic chess managers.

 

From Paper to Electronic Chess Notation

 

Pesky MonRoi PCM Requirements

 

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CHESS PRODIGIES PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi on Mon, Mar 10 2008 (17:46)

Chess Grandmasters

 

With the advances in computer technology, access to latest chess games and theories is quick and easy. This allowed thirteen chess prodigies in the last fifteen years to earn grandmaster titles before their fifteenth birthday. Playing chess to earn the chess grandmaster title is a challenging goal. Less than one percent of chess players gain the master and grandmaster titles. Grandmasters (GMs) have a great deal of commitment, determination, and they practice many hours every day. They memorize various openings, middle games and end games. GMs travel to as many as fifty countries during their chess career. The youngest ever females to become grandmasters are Judit Polgar of Hungary and Koneru Humpy of India, who became GMs at 15 years old. There are less than 1,500 GMs in the world. It is interesting to note that thirty percent of the world’s top 100 rated chess players are in the age category of twenty to twenty-five. Garry Kasparov of Russia became the youngest ever World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of twenty-two.

 

Chess Prodigies

 

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CELEBRITIES PLAY CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi on Sat, Mar 08 2008 (15:46)

 

Many celebrities played and enjoyed chess. Some of them were actually very good chess players. An interesting fact is that most of the Nobel Prize winners who played chess were in the fields of physics, literature and economics. A number of the high technology company founders play chess. Research on chess in schools demonstrates that playing chess helps children improve their logical and abstract thinking, decision-making and creativity. Might there be a correlation between chosen careers and early exposure to chess? Leading in your field takes courage, a lot of energy, strong intuition, adaptability, desire to achieve, and persistence. People persist because they are passionate about creating things that matter and love what they do.

 

Bill Gates Carmen Kass Will Smith Madonna Al Gore

This is only a brief list of famous people who played or are playing chess:

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2007 WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONS PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi on Mon, Mar 03 2008 (15:47)

 

The current world chess champion is GM Viswanathan Anand of India. Born on December 11, 1969, he picked his early lessons in chess, at the age of six from his mother, Susila Viswanathan. Anand holds a degree in Commerce and lives in Spain and India. He has been honoured with many prestigious awards like the Arjuna Award, the Padma Shri, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Padma Bhushan, the Sportstar, Sportsman of the Millennium, the Birla Living Legends and the Jameo de Oro Award.

 

 

“Anand is one of the greatest sport persons that India ever had.” – Rajendra S. Pawan, Chairman, NIIT

 

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