It was a busy week in the world of chess, as the U.S Championships were winding down and the Norway Chess tournament had many of the world's top players in action as well. As I mentioned last week, Irina Krush won the U.S. Women's title outright, but the overall Championship was down to a playoff between perennial contender Gata Kamsky and the surprising Alejandro Ramirez. The playoff consisted of two rapid games, and Kamsky had the better of the play in both instances. But after being unable to reach a winning position with the white pieces, Kamsky was then surprised to see Ramirez find a stalemate tactic that allowed him to once again escape with a draw in the second rapid game, meaning we still
- I added another Top Five Chess Books list, this time focusing on Tactics. This will become a recurring theme, as I'd like to share what I think is the best of my large collection of chess books and help you make purchasing decisions that make sense based on the types of books you're looking for.
- For mobile users, I've added an article on Chess for Android Devices. Don't worry, Apple fans - articles on the iPhone and iPad are coming soon!
- If you're looking for free chess programs, you might want to look at this list of the top Free Online Chess Games. Of course, if you have a Windows operating system, you might already have the free Chess Titans program installed and not even know it.