I like chess. I know other people like chess, too. I’ve attempted to combine chess with a couple other aspects of sports or presentation to make them more appealing to an audience. That all actually begins with getting players involved, regular players, and making sure that there are firm groundContinue Reading

You were all beginning to wonder if this column was coming, weren’t you? There is a milestone coming up and I wanted to make sure that I pushed myself to get back to writing at least once a week, as well as other things. Why don’t we get things started?Continue Reading

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’m going to be covering ALL of the Chess Basho stuff in this column. There will be a mini-history, a recap of the first two Chess Bashos (the unnumbered ones), and then I’ll cover Chess Basho III and IV (I’m hoping that byContinue Reading

The title of this blog doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to be changing a bunch of things up. I wanted to leave the title vague enough to be able to accommodate a lot of options, while I’m not necessarily going to be speaking about making anything actually larger, theContinue Reading

Are you interested in a chess tournament that happens six times a year with a one move per day time control? Are you interested in competing against no less than 11 other players to fight for titles in a sumo-style tournament brawl? Well, the Emerald Specter Chess Club is forContinue Reading

After a nearly 3,000 word rambling on my first draft of this column, I have decided to rid myself of the innocuous terminology from the first attempt to just go forward with something far easier to read. The other one was detailed, it explained a lot, I just didn’t reallyContinue Reading

The PRO Chess League Podcast, the Greatest Show, some BuJoRPG talk, and a little bit more. The description isn’t great but I’m hoping you’ll listen anyway! Host: DJ Allen Intro Music: The Idea of You by Nine Inch Nails (from Not the Actual Events) Outtro Music: The Perfect Drug byContinue Reading

The PRO Chess League 2018 Qualifier is over and the results are basically in! The six definitive qualified teams and the most likely winners of the voting are discussed! Host: DJ “The Emerald Specter” Allen Contact: Email: EmeraldSpecter.com@gmail.com Twitter: @EmeraldSpecter Instagram: @EmeraldSpecter Website: www.EmeraldSpecter.com Hashtags: #chess #PROChessLeague http://media.blubrry.com/spectershow/p/www.emeraldspecter.com/limestore/PROChessLeague002.mp3Podcast (prochesleague): PlayContinue Reading