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Lipstick Checkmate: The Play Like a Girl Trailer February 15, 2011

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The Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens (Mongoose Press, 2011) trailer is live.

Even though I’m hardly a make-up fiend, I was able to find 70% of the pieces in mostly abandoned make-up bags and vanity drawers.

Finding sixteen of one item was the main problem, but lipstick was the clear aesthetic and conceptual choice. A thirty dollar Chanel lipstick, purchased because I cannot afford anything else Chanel, co-mingled with one buck steals at the drugstore bargain bin. A pawn is still just a pawn.

Enjoy some stills from the shoot and pick up a copy of the book on 9queens.org, amazon, Mongoosepress or USCF Sales.

Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens February 10, 2011

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My new book, Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens has arrived. The book is filled with chess puzzles and combinations, all executed by female players and is a perfect “prequel” to my first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. All the author royalties go to 9 Queens initiatives to bring chess to inner-city youth and girls. Find out more on the Mongoose Press homepage and look for more details coming soon.

Sundance Gallery February 6, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Sundance Film Festival and saw the Fischer biopic Bobby Fischer Against the World, directed by Liz Garbus. I had a great time–Park City, Utah was absolutely gorgeous and the film was tight. The purpose of my visit was generally to promote chess and specifically to participate in a reception hosted by the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum (mark the museum’s grand opening for September 8, 2011.) The reception displayed stunning never-seen before photos of Bobby by Harry Benson, who will also be showing his photos at a World Chess Museum exhibit in 2012. Watch the HBO Buzz clip below, where I was interviewed about the museum and Bobby’s influence on my generation of chessplayers. The Bobby Fischer Against the World section starts at 1:35.

Check out some photos of the event below by Shannon Bailey of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum and add the World Chess Museum on facebook for more. Also coming soon to uschess.org/clo is “Grandmasters Sundancing” a piece on the trip by three-time US Chess Champion Joel Benjamin.

The beautiful Sundance setting

At the reception

Promoting chess at Sundance

WIM Iryna Zenyuk, GM Alexander Shabalov, GM Joel Benjamin and me

Alexander Shabalov teaching a young Utah chess player.