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Chess TShirts and Posters

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Ever wanted to immortalize your best game or a favorite chess position or puzzle on a tshirt or poster? Me too. That’s why I created 99chessmoves.com where you can setup a position, enter some text, and generate a chess tshirt or poster. (More product types to come.)

chess tshirt chess poster

Note: Once you’ve created your chess diagram, either by dragging and dropping pieces on the board or via FEN, you can customize the font, shirt color, board and text position, etc., so it’s really quite flexible.

I hope you enjoy creating and proudly wearing your own personal chess tshirt to help spread the royal game!


WordPress PGN Viewer Chess Plugin

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The World Chess Championship between Kramnik and Anand is just around the corner (October 14th!), and I’m in urgent need of a WordPress plugin that’ll play over games in PGN format.

I’m currently using jsPgnViewer, but it doesn’t handle annotations (outside of displaying them, if included). Hence the lack of detailed commentary on these Women’s World Chess Championship games.

So, I’m making this post in hopes my fellow chess bloggers will be able to offer some recommendations for WordPress. If worse comes to worst, I may have to create and link to separate ChessBase-generated pages. But, I’d prefer to show them in-line.

Please comment with your thoughts.  Thank you!


chess t-shirts and more

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

The other day, during live ICC coverage of the just-finished Dortmund tournament, Mig commented upon one of the GM’s awful pawn structure. He teased with a variation on the standard joke intro, saying, “Your pawns are so ugly…,” but left us hanging without a punch-line. This design depicts how I completed the sentence. On the back, it says, “…I WANT you to queen.” Cracked myself up and was inspired to create these shirts.
In this case, the merchandise is a complement to the new membership site I just kicked off. Read more about it here.

These are just representative examples. There are, of course, other apparel options and even bags, mugs, etc.. Click the images to see more on CafePress. I hope you like them and look forward to meeting you on the inside at Ultimate Upset. Patzers Unite! ;)


Chess Food And The Archives

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Before I get too far into this new blog, I wanted to give a quick tour of the archives hosted under the chess category on my vegan food blog.  They cover the importance of proper nourishment during competitive play.

I think it’s safe to say, from an outsiders perspective, while people likely feel the tension in the room, it’s hard to appreciate how exhausting such prolonged thinking and sitting can be.  Indeed, many of the top players have incorporated regular exercise into their training programs.  And there are stories of many pounds of weight shed during the old World Championship matches. 

Some of the elite—like Magnus Carlsen with his drink of choice, orange juice—also seem to pay a little attention to diet too. For me, it’s critical. I know, in the days before I went vegan, grabbing a quick bite at the local pizza joint, with all that heavy, greasy cheese, really made for an uncomfortable next round. I mean, your heart can get racing at times, and the last thing it needs besides some imaginary threat is all that fat coursing around. Now that I’ve been years on a low-fat vegan diet, my anxiety at the board is much more controlled.

Here are the posts describing ways I’ve packed meals for various events:

Posts with actual game play:

Lastly, a few miscellaneous chess mentions:

I hope you enjoy catching up. There’s more over there than I recalled. :)

So, back to the topic of staying in shape and eating well for chess success, tell me, how do you prep for the food challenges of a tournament? Do you notice differences in your play when you’ve not been keeping up with your exercise or eat something junky versus when you’re treating and fueling your body well?



Serious chess. Serious fun!



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