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The White Knight

As popular with celebrities as he is with newspaper and magazine editors, it only takes one glance at photographer Ian White’s portfolio to instantly understand why. Specialising in editorial, advertising and portrait photography, White’s work is vivid, expressive, fresh and full of personality. Whether inanimate or living, White mesmerise audiences with his ability to chronicle and convey both the essence and what lies at the core of his subject(s). Closer…

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When Three Isn’t a Crowd

 Society has conditioned us into thinking things are better in twos. Sure, some do belong in pairs like socks, gloves, earrings and shoes but to force pair status on single items? (think sunglasses, underwear and pants) where’s the logic in that? We’ll also concede that matching items that are alike or share alignment makes sense. Even essential at times, for instance in the case of allocating sparring partners in a…

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Weekend Notes Features Crobs’ Weekend Chess Meets

With Chris away on an amazing trip to Europe, I’ve been working solo and will admit executing Crobs’ digital marketing tasks alone has not been as enjoyable. So anything even slightly out of the ordinary has been a source of amusement. Today’s entertainment was pondering how meta it is that we promote Crobs’ Sunday chess meets at Dome Midland as the perfect way to wind up a weekend, which then…

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A Chequered Past

Crobs founder, Chris Roberton, is often asked how long he’s played chess for. He either replies with “all my life” or “forever”. This had us wondering how long the game has actually existed for, which led to us somehow losing a day or two in research. To make our shortened lifespan worthwhile, we’ve dedicated this blog to sharing what we’ve learnt about chess’ origins. Historians claim that chess can be…

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Playing It Cool

Chess isn’t traditionally thought of as a glamorous or edgy pastime but in 2018, there’s no longer any need to convince the masses it’s a cool game when so many celebrities publicly endorse its play. From supermodels to rappers,  world class athletes to Oscar winning actors, this list will definitely up chess’ street cred. LEONARDO DI CAPRIO   Oscar winner, Leonardo Di Caprio, often indulges in cigars and chess on a…

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Open Like a Master!

Professional players spend their lives studying chess openings and both learn from and contribute to the evolution of opening theory. Who better to gain opening knowledge from than Russian chess GrandMaster, Garry Kasparov, the highest rated chess player in the world for over two decades and regarded by much of the international chess community as the greatest player of all time? Kasparov’s top ten openings have been compiled into a handy list

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Check This Out!

A twist on traditional chess, Three-Check Chess is a variant that introduces only one deviation from classic chess but creates a world of difference in gameplay. Check your opponent’s King three times to win!

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The Final Move

Interestingly, the final move we’re referring to isn’t Checkmate! This Sunday, 8thof July 2018, Crobs’ Chess will be moving back to Dome Midland. Permanently – which explains the blog’s title.   Unfortunately, Café Di Mondo has closed for business yet again. Although the café has been home to Crobs’ for years, venue uncertainty is not something we wish to constantly address. Nor do we want our group members to be…

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The Long and the Short of It

The long and the short of it for the Crobs’ team is that chess is a great game. Interestingly, those terms can be applied to chess in quite a few other ways …   SHORT A checkmate in only two moves… is that possible? It sure is! “Fool’s mate” is a sequence where Black achieves this in two short moves: Move 1 – g4 e5 Move 2 – f4 Qh4…

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Ground Zero: DeepMind Drops an Alpha-Bomb on the Chess Community

Six months ago, as competitors in the London Chess Classic prepared for their matches, rumours began circling amongst the international chess community that the best chess program in the world, Stockfish, had just been beaten. By an A.I. system that had taught itself chess in only four hours with no access to opening books or endgame tables.

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