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    Jul192019

    Obscure Blogger to Become Even More Obscure

    This began back in January of 2005, and here we are in July of 2019, 14 and a half years later. Many of my students weren't even alive when I started this blog. I have no idea as to how many posts I've written, but I've uploaded about 7500 games, and annotated around 5700 of them. That's a lot of time and effort.

    The blog began as a way of sharing what was new in the chess world, presenting the sort of information I hoped to find when browsing the chess web, but rarely did. This meant chess news and annotated games, but a good deal more - there was more of an informal feel in those early years, and as a younger guy I had more energy and fewer responsibilities to handle. It was also new and exciting, and I threw myself into it, often posting 5-7 times a day.

    I still feel satisfied when posting a well-crafted entry, but the increasingly rapid treadmill of elite events is harder to keep up with, and - unlike the situation when I first started - there are plenty of others who are doing a fine job of it. There are also other things happening in my life to which I'd like to give more attention, without having a little voice in the back of my head asking when I'm going to catch up on my coverage of this or that event.

    So, dear readers, this is it...kind of. I'm considering selling the database of all the games (with the annotations), if there's any interest, and I'm also thinking of selling a bunch of my chess books. (Not all of them, but a pretty fair number of them.) You guys will get dibs on them. And I'll throw in another pitch for chess lessons - catch me here while you can (send me a note via the Contact link if you're interested). So there will still be a little bit of this and that as we close up shop, but this is just about the end. (Never say never, so who knows, but that's the plan.)

    To head off any conjectures or concerns: my health is fine (as far as I know), nor is this precipitated by something terrible happening in my private life. I'm just moving on to other things, grateful for the experience of having blogged for all these years, and for the interactions I've had with many of you. Thanks a bunch, everyone, and I'll hopefully see many of you elsewhere: at live events or on chess servers, for example. I'm still doing videos on ChessLecture.com, and maybe someday I'll do videos on YouTube or try streaming on Twitch, but no guarantees.

    Thanks again, everyone. God bless you.

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    Thank you Dennis. Your efforts and thoughts have helped sustain my interest in chess at a time when I didn't feel like keeping up on my own. I wish you the very best going forward. Cheers, JB.

    [DM: You're very welcome. The best to you too, and I'm glad to have helped keep you interested in our great game.]

    July 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames Burrell

    Thank you so much for your informative website. Best wishes for your new endeavors.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

    I echo the comments about your blog keeping my interest in chess alive, many thanks for all the hours you put sharing your passion with us.
    All the best in your new challenge!
    Cheers!

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLeo P

    Dennis, I really enjoyed your blog over the years - all the best in the future! if you return to blogging some day, I'll definitely return to reading it regularly!

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJack Jeffery

    Intelligence, erudition, humor, humility, and a passion for chess (and ND football).
    You've done great work here. I'll miss it immensely. Thank you so very much and best wishes.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGoboh

    A sad day Dennis - you've long been the only chess blog I've had the inclination or time to read. You've always had an eye for the eclectic as well as providing superb game analysis. You will be missed but many thanks.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarc

    Thank you for your efforts over the years, Dennis. Despite being very moderate at chess (35 yrs old, 1400, few signs of improvement) I follow high-level chess coverage quite intensely, believing it to be somehow personally and societally improving, and your blog has always been my first port of call. Actually, I've followed your stuff since chessvideo tv days. Your measured authority on the cognitive explosion which is professional chess has been a delight. Thanks again.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    Thank you, Dennis. God bless.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

    Oh gosh. I am so sad. You and Mig were two favorite bloggers... with Mig being gone for years... you have been the best chess material on the internet for almost a decade. I don't even know what I will read with your blog gone! I was hoping for a very long time that you would be able to find a way to monetize this blog and really make its longevity worth your while... that's why I have always tried to make annual donation... I know it has been small but I don't have much. I just wanted to show my appreciation and encourage you to keep up your hard effort!

    Of course, I understand that this chapter has come to a close for you and there are more important things in your life. I wish you the best but that doesn't make this any more sad for me!

    Maybe I will be able to drag you to a USAT again one of these days. Of course, you haven't played OTB much in recent years.

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

    Oh also, side tangent, unrelated to your retirement of this blog, you are selling your books. I have also been majorly downsizing my book collection (rather unsuccessfully). If you find a viable route, please let me know as I would like to also unload a little. I assume your downsizing isn't a complete shedding of chess in whole.

    [DM: It's not - I'm going to continue coaching and following the game. But I have so many books that I don't use, or only use rarely, that it makes sense for me to clear out some space, get a little money back, and give others the chance to get their paws on some good works at a discount.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

    Thanks. Your blog was an almost daily read, and I will miss it, especially the funny ND sports takes and the occasional philosophical/religious tangents.

    [DM: You are welcome, and thank you for taking the time to write. And thank you for recognizing that the ND football material was intended to be comic relief. (Not that I'm not rooting for them, of course!) It was amusing and surprising to see the occasional reader get seriously upset about those posts, but also kind of them to be upset because they felt that it compromised the integrity of the blog as a chess site.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarj

    Oh no! You're my favourite chess blogger.

    Thank you for years of excellent news on chess events and interesting analysis of games. We will miss you.

    [DM: You're welcome, and I will miss my readers, too. Thank you for taking the time to write - bloggers everywhere appreciate such notes.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermadgett

    Thanks for all the years of education, entertainment and encouragement. I became a huge fan of yours from the Playchess server years ago and have continued to read your blogs. Years ago, you challenged me to continue working on my tactics. Although I spend more time bass fishing and don't play many games anymore, I still solve a few tactics every day to keep that part of my chess brain alive.
    Good luck as you move forward and maybe Bama and Notre Dame can meet in the Championship this year.

    [DM: Hi Steve - good to hear from you again! You used to be a very regular commentator, and of course a fixture when I was doing my ChessBase shows. I'm glad you popped back in for the farewell. And good luck to both our teams in dealing with the scourge that was Clemson.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Bennett

    You will be greatly missed. This is the only blog I found always interesting because of the content and the comments. I still think your postings on Chessbase were the most enjoyable, intelligible, and professionally done. The last time this blog went on a hiatus, I looked at dozens of other blogs to replace it and found nothing in comparison.
    Thanks for all the wonderful chess to presented to your followers. May your future endeavors all be successful.

    [DM: I appreciate that, Larry. The difficulty is finding the time and energy to write the sorts of posts that justify your kind comments. But you are very welcome, and I hope that you - that all of us - can find bloggers who can do the sorts of things that I managed to do when writing my best posts. (And even better.)]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLarry L.

    I also would like to thank you for your selfless and uniformly excellent work. Yours has been among the top two or three of the chess sites I have been reading for many years and I will miss your blog A LOT. Good luck with your new endeavors!
    Lukasz Pruski

    [DM: Thank you! I appreciate those sentiments, especially from a long-time reader like you. All the best to you too!]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSimplePoleEtc.

    Thank you for so many years of excellent coverage of practically every event! Incredible longevity and immense amount of work for free. Good luck in your other pursuits!

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndrey

    I'd essentially not thought about or played any chess for 25 years when I got roped into playing blitz against a colleague who was an average club player. I won about 95% of our games, and the difference in strength meant I was able to experiment with all sorts of openings and styles of play. That renewed my appreciation of the game, and I started looking for things to read. That was around when you started your blog, and it was just what I was looking for: witty, compact, erudite, objective (modulo college football), and with an incredible love for and understanding of the game and its history. It's been nearly a daily pleasure since then, and I'll be very sorry to see it go. I can see why it doesn't make sense to relay chess news any more, but I hope you'll yield to temptation to occasionally blog about particularly beautiful or instructive games or studies. Something I've also always valued about this blog is this. My impression is that we hold quite opposing views on matters of ethics, politics, and religion. At a time when social media just seems to amplify differences and aggravate disagreements, it's been a great pleasure to have read this blog with admiration and respect, and to have had the occasional bit of enjoyable correspondence with its author. I don't quite know how to articulate this feeling, but you'll understand what I'm saying. Anyway, good luck with your new projects, and best wishes for the future. David

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDavid McCarthy

    I would be interested in buying some of your books. What is the process?

    [DM: I'll post on this. It's not possible yet, but I'm hoping to be ready in a week or two.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGoodhumor

    Hi Dennis,

    You know I've followed your quality blog for as long as you've been blogging. The only thing I ever skipped was the Notre Dame Fight Song! And maybe some of the more esoteric endgame studies.

    DM: Skipping the Notre Dame Fight Song? What's the point, then? Part two of your comment was snipped - let's address those matters by email.]

    July 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Steele

    I’ve been following your posts since 2006 and have really enjoyed your devotion to chess. I will miss your blog a lot and wish you and your family the best.

    [DM: Thank you, Soren. You were a very early follower of this blog - thanks for sticking around to the end!]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSoren

    Thank you. Started off following your content in 2008 or thereabouts on chessvideos.tv
    Consistently high quality content on all mediums and also enjoyed very much at all the different rating levels I have been at (800+ rating points gained over those ten years )
    Good luck with your next endeavours and keep us posted if you feel like it!

    [DM: Congratulations on the huge rating gain, and thank you for the kind words.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHamish

    Dennis,

    I was fortunate to be one of the people you consulted when the idea of starting a blog entered your head. I am happy to say that I encouraged you to start and I have been reaping the rewards until now. You will be missed but I fully understand. The amount of uncompensated work you have done for the joy of chess is formidable.

    You are correct that unlike when you started there are multiple sources of chess information. It is as if the evil genie granted fans their wish. Everywhere you turn there is 'must watch/read chess information.' It is too much.

    I am certain you will put your newly found free time to use - even if it is only to relax.

    Brian

    [DM: Thanks, Brian. And folks, not only is he partially responsible for this blog, he is also responsibility for getting me on the (internet) air, too. It's because of Brian that I had an interview with Tony Rook on his chess.fm show a million years ago, and then it was off from there: first I had a chess.fm show, then I had a ChessBase show for about five years, then ChessVideos.tv and, for many years now, ChessLecture.com. Those of you who think someone else should have had shows instead can blame Brian, while those of you who find my voice a wonderful way to fall asleep can thank him.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Karen

    I've always enjoyed your book reviews, in particular, and the more esoteric news items, as well as being alerted to interesting interviews. I can understand that the plethora of elite tournaments has become a bit of a treadmill to report on. I myself find my eyes glazing over at yet another tournament of the same 8 or so players. Wijk aan Zee seems the only annual tournament that adds spice to the proceedings. I'm sure you've considered all the angles, but it's a pity you couldn't maintain a blog with the 'colour' pieces and without the endless tournaments (which are mostly covered live elsewhere). I guess I'm going to miss this blog so much that I'm hoping you'll reconsider in that light.

    [DM: Yes, when I started it wasn't so bad: Wijk aan Zee, Linares, the Amber tournament, and Dortmund, plus other slightly less prestigious events every now and then and the world championship cycles (plural). That made it possible to really dig in to the prestige tournaments while finding fresh things to say in the intervening periods. Most of the time, I found the latter posts far more rewarding, and if I do return to blogging, it would be for posts of that sort.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterOliver Dunne

    Just when I decided to step away from "social" media and read more blogs and articles...

    Thanks for all the good work. We sometimes see players from your neck of the woods at tournaments in Dayton and I'll continue recommending you when they ask about Chess coaches.

    [DM: Thank you - and drop me a note about this. My neck of the woods may not be what you think it is.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Henderson

    Oh no! I don't follow any other chess blogs, so I'm going to have to find a different way to keep up with what's going on in the esoteric world of the great chess players. I'll miss this blog. I know I don't say much here, and I also know that I'm way worse at chess than your 'real' audience, but I'm massively grateful to you for offering this amazing service for so long. I've been an avid follower for years. Please let us know if you're doing another series on a world championship or similar which we can opt into. All the best. Chris

    [DM: Thanks, Chris, and who knows? Maybe in 2020, when Caruana qualifies to defeat Carlsen in a rematch (though not the way Carlsen is playing these days!), I'll consider that, though I don't know how I'd get an audience together by that point to advertise it.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChris Lear

    Thanks for all the fishes Dennis.
    I have been a long time follower since your early Chessbase lectures. One of my Evergreen was based on your lecture on the Open Ruy Lopez. Yours and the defunct John Watson Book Review column on the Week In Chess were also my favorites on the web.

    While I could agree with your assessment of the current chess news landscape, your blog was filtering the noise when it came to the What When and Where of major chess events.

    [DM: Thanks, Paul, and please write another comment with the score of this game - I for one would love to see it!]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

    Technically, I recall your blog used to be chessmind.powerblogs.com, different to this one ;) But maybe a moot point.

    [DM: You are correct, and while we're at it the first iteration of the blog was on blogspot. But as there wasn't a gap between the moves, I thought it would be okay to phrase it as I did. Hopefully I'll be forgiven. :)]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterInguh Kim

    Wishing you the very best, Dennis. I think I can be ranked amongst your oldest readers. Not sure, but have been reading/commenting since around 2006-7.
    Definitely remember closely following the coverage during all those Anand wc matches (gosh already almost a decade since Sofia?!)
    Anyway, once again, all best wishes, and take care!

    [DM: It has been a surprisingly long time! Thanks for the kind words, and more than that, for being a significant contributor to the blog, especially during Anand's reign. You were a big help, and Andrey was often a useful source of info from Russian-language sources while Thomas often had useful things to say about the super-events. Thanks to them both as well, if they are reading this.]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaideepBlue

    @ David McCarthy,

    Thank you for your very kind comments, and I especially appreciated this:

    "Something I've also always valued about this blog is this. My impression is that we hold quite opposing views on matters of ethics, politics, and religion. At a time when social media just seems to amplify differences and aggravate disagreements, it's been a great pleasure to have read this blog with admiration and respect, and to have had the occasional bit of enjoyable correspondence with its author."

    That is something I've always valued in others, too. I'd much rather have a conversation with someone who disagrees with me on all of those points but does so intelligently and respectfully than someone who agrees with me but is contemptuous of those who disagree. On the other hand, I must strenuously object to your slight hint that I was anything but objective when it came to Notre Dame football. It's one thing to disagree about how society should be organized and about the meaning of life and one's eternal fate, but something else altogether to dispute the greatness of ND's prowess on the gridiron. [Gotta stay in character to the bitter end.]

    July 21, 2019 | Registered CommenterDennis Monokroussos

    @ Andrey,

    Thank you, not just for your sentiments, but for your regular contributions to this blog, whether they were analytical comments or bits of info about Russian chess news! Correspondents like you are a boon to the blog and a source of gratitude to the blogger.

    July 21, 2019 | Registered CommenterDennis Monokroussos

    Thanks Dennis for all your work. This was clearly a labor of love and I have enjoyed following your blog the past few years.

    [DM: You are welcome - glad you enjoyed it!]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Chua

    Dennis, I see this with sorrow and also great appreciation. I am glad for your other ventures. I'm also glad that there were a bunch of new posts before this one. We'll keep in touch. ---Ken

    [DM: You're welcome, and thanks for the note. Maybe if I there were more chess posts I could link to on your/Lipton's blog it would have kept me going a while longer...]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth Regan

    I have very much enjoyed reading your blog and making the occasional post. I'll miss it very much.

    [DM: You're welcome, and thanks for the note!]

    July 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTEF

    Thanks for the many years of work in which you educated and informed us, Dennis!

    This feels almost like the end of an era - for me! Given how it feels to a reader of your blog, I can only imagine how big of a decision it must be for you. Wish you all the best, and thanks for everything!

    [DM: I imagine that for some of my younger readers, it kind of is the end of an era! (For some of the older ones, maybe more like a blip.) You're welcome, and best wishes to you too!]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

    Thank you for your efforts. I have really enjoyed following your blog. It's kind of sad; now I will never know more about Notre Dame's many successes and rare failures. Perhaps you could embed the cheering song one final time?

    [DM: That's an outstanding idea - I may just do that! You're welcome (first sentence), and thank you for the brilliant suggestion.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPelle

    The Chess Mind has been a part of my daily life since its very early years. Taking a little break from work, getting a fresh cup of coffee and checking out the latest post from Dennis ... I will miss it. Thank you for all these years of shared chess enjoyment.

    [DM: Thanks, Mutlu - I appreciate that. Turkish coffee?]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMutlu

    I don't know how long I've followed this blog. It's at least been since its first incarnation--maybe 10 years? I've read or checked it every day (largely through a third-party app), and it has been my primary conduit to the chess world. I've found the news succinct and informative, with the little editorializing to be clear and insightful, while having no small share of wit. The book reviews were clear and the articles about chess players always fresh.

    I don't even really play chess more the g/10 at lunchtime, but I've still looked here first thing ever morning. A lot has happened in the chess world in that time, and you've always been there with news, commentary, and analysis. Thanks for being so committed to this blog and your readers. I will miss it but I hope you enjoy being free of the constant stream of chess events, not to mention, get other work done.

    [DM: Yes, it's that "other work" part that is the main factor. The first incarnation, on blogspot, lasted less than a year, so if you started there you're going all the way back to 2005! Glad to have had you following over the long haul, and thanks for the kind comments.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Davis

    The Chessmind - an intelligent, witty, philosophical, mindful and unique blog. I am sad and know there will miss some little irreplacable detail in my daily routine. Thanks a lot for your hard work and patient interaction, with us readers, all the years!

    [DM: You're welcome, and I appreciate your writing in. You're the Ralph from Germany, right? I've been on the internet for a long time, but it's still a kick, whenever I stop and think about it, to realize that I get to be a small part of the lives of people all over the globe.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterralph

    I really enjoyed your blog as I felt it was one of the most authentic writings on chess games I could find. I think I am regular reader of you blog since about 7-8 yrs now. I used to recommend it to anyone who was interested in Chess. I will miss your blog terribly. Still hope you will write when important matches like candidates or WCC comes along. Thank you for all these years of information.

    [DM: Thanks, Jack. Never say "never".]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJack

    I have really enjoyed your blog over the years (from a bit prior to the website change). I can understand wanting to do other things. Thanks for the effort in taking the time to write the blog. You were definitely a light in the "darker" times when there wasn't much out there on the internet. I wish you the best in your endeavors!

    For a long time, I used to only look at your analysis of the high-level games (now I hardly look at any!). I really enjoyed your analysis which was more readable and deep than many of the other articles I used to see out there. I used to also look to your blog for news from the chess world.

    [DM: Yes, at the very beginning there wasn't much commentary at all - some live commentary on ICC and then on PlayChess (and once or twice, believe it or not, I was the live commentator). They may not have been the good old days - the chess commentariat of today is vastly superior to that of yesteryear - but I look back with some fondness on those early years. Thanks for your note.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSridhar

    We will all miss a superb chess blog!
    Wish you best luck!
    J.T.

    [DM: Oh, is someone else quitting? :) Thanks for the compliment and the well-wishes; best to you too!]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Tzinieris

    please allow me to echo the sentiments of other longtime fans and lurkers of your blog. while i haven't been an active commenter, this blog has been a key resource in my chess fandom, and a standard stop in my daily internet routine. in fact, chessmind has been prominent on my browser shortcut bar for well over a decade. your love of tal, as well as all the associated chess videos and annotations you made on him and other luminaries of chess history and chess present, were instrumental in stoking my love of chess. so, once again, thank you for everything you've done, and for all that you've given us over the years here. best of luck to you as you shift your focus moving forward!

    [DM: You're welcome, and yes - I am a big fan of Tal's. As many of you know, I even got to play him in a simul back in '88 (it didn't go well for me, but the important thing is that I got to play him). Players like that make chess a joy even for those who aren't active tournament players.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

    Dennis, I have been reading this blog for many years (at least 7). I am interested in the history/sociology of chess, and play relaxed games on chess.com with a rating that stays around 1600, I have enjoyed your posts, and the effort and dedication that go into writing them are evident. Even at my modest rating, many of your game annotations have been accessible and have made tournaments more interesting to follow. All the best with all your plans for the future! Ravi

    [DM: I appreciate the note - thank you. Do you have a blog of your own? Most writers focus on top tournaments, or on their own chess, or on improvement. There aren't enough people writing about topics like the history and sociology of chess. Consider jumping into the blogosphere or some other social medium with your thoughts about those topics.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRS

    I have been a -silent- reader, since the early powerblogs time. In fact, this is my first post, and considering your decision, maybe the last one. There is always a tab open in my browser (both at home and at work) with thechessmind. I have really really enjoyed this blog, thank you. Best of lucks, and let us know if sometime you come back.
    Greetings from Argentina.
    Uriel

    [DM: You're welcome, and thank you for breaking your silence. Bloggers appreciate that - at least this one did, and does.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterUriel

    Thank you Dennis, this was my daily read for years. All the very best and let us know how we can subscribe to your paid or unpaid articles and blogs, will miss your posts a lot. All the best. There will be no one like you.

    [DM: Fortunately. :) Thanks for the kind words.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDev Anand

    Dennis,
    Here is the game. You did pick the game for analysis in your viewer's game segment

    [White "JP"]
    [Black ""]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "C80"]
    [WhiteElo "1899"]
    [BlackElo "1971"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 exd4 7. Re1 d5 8.
    Bg5 f6 (8... Qd6) 9. Nxd4 Bc5 10. Nxc6 Bxf2+ 11. Kf1 Qd6 12. Rxe4+ dxe4 13.
    Qh5+ g6 14. Ne5+ b5 15. Nxg6 Bg4 16. Qxg4 hxg6 17. Qxe4+ {Rxe4+} Kd7 18. Nc3
    Rae8 19. Qg4+ f5 20. Qf3 bxa4 21. Kxf2 Qb6+ 22. Kg3 Rh5 23. Rd1+ Kc8 24. Qa8+
    Qb8 25. Qxa6+ Qb7 26. Qxb7+?

    Exhausted I missed the Queen Sac (26. Qe6+)

    26... Kxb7 27. h4 a3 28. bxa3 Rxg5+ 29.
    hxg5 {Qa8+} Re3+ 30. Kf4 Rxc3 31. Rb1+ and the game petered out into a draw.
    1/2-1/2

    [DM: Ouch, that's a shame! The first part of the game was terrific; it's a pity you didn't manage to land the finishing blow. The lesson, kids, is not to play the Riga Variation, as White is doing great after 8.Re1, 8.c4, and 8.Bg5.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

    I'm in my 40's, and it still feels like the end of an era!

    Thanks for everything, and if there's any chance you'd be willing to continue in a more limited format (e.g., covering just the top few tournaments each year) please do consider it. Obviously this is a fairly cheeky request, but hey :)

    [DM: To be honest, if I were to continue or return, it would be for the sake of everything else in the chess world.]

    July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac

    I played and studied chess rather ambitiously in my teens, late eighties (with hindsight,
    I would have preferred a bit more playing and a bit less study; but
    playing opportunities at that time and place were scarce).
    Then, other interests took over and I spared the game few thoughts for 20+ years.

    In 2012, I found myself having family and small kids in a new place, nice but
    unfamiliar. Figuring it might be a way of making some new acquaintances,
    I got engaged in the local chess club. Not only did I make new friends, but
    I enjoyed the game itself much more than I had expected to. I started
    reading up on the current names on the chess scene. Anand I remembered,
    that really quick-playing Indian junior. But practically all other names
    were unfamiliar. Most absurdly, the top rated player of the world seemed
    to be some kid from Norway.

    Seven years later I am perhaps only a slightly better chess player than 2012
    (still weaker than in the 1980's); but I am now so well updated in the collection
    of characters of World Chess that it's slightly embarrassing.

    Your blog has always been the main helper in catching up, and
    a fixed part of my daily morning ritual. It is precise, elegant, generous, witty.
    And it has bad puns, too. I will miss it.

    But of course, nothing can last forever. You have good reasons to stop, and I wish you the best with the
    freed-up time. Thanks again.

    [DM: Anyone going by "Dark Helmet" has to love puns. Mel Brooks was The Man.]

    July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDarkHelmet

    Dennis, will you be keeping this blog alive (with no changes)?

    Or will existing content disappear some time?

    [DM: Still thinking about that. It will stay alive for a while, at least.]

    July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Thank you Dennis for all your great work on this blog.

    I would really look forward to you making blitz videos. Your style strikes me as fairly tactical / imaginative, would be fun to see you scalp some GMs online along with your lucid commentary.

    [DM: I used to pretty good at blitz and especially bullet for my rating, but haven't worked much at either for a while. It might be pretty awful for a while, but hopefully I can regain most of my strength.]

    July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChessarmenia

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