Monday, September 27, 2010

Hazel's Jokes!

How do you beat a golf player at chess?
Answer: Don't create any holes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chess and Football

"NFL Chess Collector's Edition"



"Alabama Football is like chess - there is no move made that is not well planned and practiced."

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Would You Rather?

As always, my answers at the end of the week (next week):

1. Would you rather play without your e-pawn or without your d-pawn?
2. Would you rather travel to the Olympiad (in Russia) for a meal with the Canadian team or to Victoria, B.C. for a meal in the Grand Pacific hotel + a visit to Chess in the Library?
3. Would you rather play a tournament in an uncomfortably warm room or an uncomfortably cold room?
4. Would you rather be responsible for tournament equipment (including set-up) or tournament pairings?
5. Would you rather -- at this moment -- completely change your white opening or completely change your black opening?
6. Would you rather play a chess game underwater or in space?
7. Would you rather combine chess with boxing or soccer?
8. Would you rather ask the neighbour in the house/apartment to your left for a game of chess, or ask the one in the house/apartment to your right? If you don't have a neighbour to both your left and right, choose either someone who lives on the same street as you, or one who lives on a nearby street!
9. Would you rather rock climb with GM Nakamura or skydive with GM Carlsen?
10. Would you rather have a stranger yell out "Hey! Aren't you a chess player?" from the other side of a Costco store or from across the hall in your workplace/school?

Feel free to leave comments (if you're brave enough)!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Brain Teaser!

There are two people playing a game - a close match, indeed. As the game goes down to the wire, one player gives up his queen. Not long after, the game is declared over, and the player without a queen is championed the winner. However, he did not achieve a checkmate, and his opponent did not resign or lose on time. How is this possible?



They are not playing chess at all!
The two people are enjoying a classic game of "Old Maid".

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Medical Jokes

I know this is a chess blog, but due to my recent appointments, I just had to look up some medical jokes!

Here's one:

Patient: It's been one month since my last visit and I still feel miserable.
Doctor: Did you follow the instructions on the medicine I gave you?
Patient: I sure did - the bottle said 'keep tightly closed.'

This joke and more at

In particular, reading some of the one-liners reminded me of my surgery, in which my doctor said:
1) "It broke" (after inserting one of the needles) - I still don't know exactly he meant
2) "Get me more elastoplast" (to one of the assistants during the surgery)
* note: this was the good doctor, who was very helpful overall

Hope everyone else is doing okay!

Additional Link
--> I've also been following Mark's blog, which is a nice read: