Monday, February 08, 2010

Chess Playing New Jersey Devil

A chessplaying New Jersey Devil from Paranominal's Cryptozoology.  Why is it that the devil is always up for a game?

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Blogger ADH said...

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Tue Feb 09, 12:17:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Richard said...

What a crazy video! The monster certainly looks evil! Is there some past significance with this? Or did you just post if for fun?

Tue Feb 09, 01:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Michael Goeller said...

Hey, it's chess and New Jersey, what more do I need? The Jersey Devil is a mythological beast of local renown. The NJ hockey team's name makes reference to it, for example. Oh, and I liked the video.

Tue Feb 09, 01:44:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Steve Wollkind said...

So, this is definitely the wrong place for this, but I couldn't find any links on the blog for contacting you, so here you go.

I was perusing the Quality Chess publishing site as I've enjoyed all their books that I've run across. It looks like they have an upcoming release called "The Alterman Gambit Guide" which focuses on white gambits and is slated to have material on the Urusov.

Amazon seems to think it'll be out in mid March, but they're often mistaken.

Also, if there's a better way to contact you directly, you can head over to my website and hit up the contact form and email it to me....otherwise I'll keep leaving irrelevant comments on your most recent blog entry :P

Wed Feb 10, 02:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Michael Goeller said...

Hi Steve --
Thanks for the note. My contact info is online at my personal website, which is easy to find by Googling.

Yes, I am very interested in Alterman's book. It was originally announced for November 2009 release but was pushed back by the publisher, who expects it now in March. Apparently their schedule has been affected by te rotten weather in Europe, to judge from the blog. Check their website or blog (in my sidebar) for the latest info.

I am especially interested in his notes on the Smith-Morra, which I am interested in again after many years. And always the Urusov, of course. He also has a Black gambits book to follow. I respect Alterman's work more than Nigel Davies's, though I snapped up the two Gambiteer books (the Black repertoire is much better than the White, but both are full of gaps where Davies avoids discussing the most critical lines).

Wed Feb 10, 07:11:00 PM EST  

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