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Brendan J. Norman

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Chess Weapons for FAST Improvement (All FREE)

By Brendan J. Norman

Why did I compile these resources for you? When I was first learning chess, the problem was a serious shortage of information. I lived in the remote Blue Mountains of Australia and had limited access to chess books, coaching (none! 🙁 ) and opponents, and at that time the internet was not really a big thing yet. […]

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Chess Engine Review: Twisted Logic Dynamic 1

By Brendan J. Norman

Twisted Logic is a chess engine written by Edsel Apostol of the Phillipines which caught my attention due to the possibility of users being able to tweak it and change its style. As you guys know, I mainly look for engines which either 1. play in a flawed but interesting human style or 2. can […]

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The Chess Video YouTube BANNED!

By Brendan J. Norman

You guys know me. I love chess and I love teaching chess. I love helping ambitious players to improve their game. This is what I do and I actually think I’m pretty good at it. I have a group of videos I’ve been putting together on my Youtube channel which showcase a few of my […]

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How to Not Be a Fat Chessplayer

By Brendan J. Norman

Imagine it is round one of an open tournament and you’ve just checked the pairings… Seeing that you’re against Joey Shabadoo on board 23, you begin to go in that direction and as you approach the table, you see him sitting at the board. You’ve never heard of or even seen this guy before, so […]

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Chess Engine Review: Rebel 13/Prodeo 2.0

By Brendan J. Norman

When it comes to chess engines, many of you will know  that my preference is strongly in favour of engines with a “human-like” style, over the raw strength of giants like Stockfish, Komodo and co. Sure, I use Stockfish and Komodo for analysis on occasion as truth finders, but for training games or model mining […]

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(Easy Chess Games)10 Beautiful Games Every Chess Lover: Part 2

By Brendan J. Norman

So here we are again with the second installment of 10 Beautiful Games Every Chess Lover MUST See and you’re about to see the last 4 examples of chess art. These are also known as Easy Chess Games. Here’s number 4… 4. Short vs Timman, 1-0 Nigel Short ties up the black pieces until they are completely passive and […]

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10 Beautiful & Easy Chess Games Every Chess Lover: Part 1

By Brendan J. Norman

What attracts you to chess? Is it the so-called “intellectual pursuit” that some say it is? Is it a “search for truth”? In my opinion, although a lot of chess players spout this type of  vague philosophical b.s when asked the above question, I suspect that the main reason for most people is aesthetics. We are attracted […]

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MChess Pro: Challenging a Legend of Computer Chess (Part 2)

By Brendan J. Norman

So… when we left off, I’d just played 1.d4 in my exciting fight against 1995 World Microcomputer Chess Champion MChess Pro 8.0. I relayed the move to my physical board, sipped my coffee and wondered what opening line I’d be facing considering that the opening book is from the mid-nineties and not “up-to-date” with latest […]

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MChess Pro: Challenging a Legend of Computer Chess

By Brendan J. Norman

MChess Pro: Early Days I first heard about the software program MChess Pro back around 1999 (or around about that time), when reading a copy of “Australian Chess”, a great A4 sized chess magazine which is now sadly out of print. Back then a chess-obsessed 16 year old with an attitude, I’d been digging around […]

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