Daily Rome Shot 594, etc.

Getting your Christmas shopping done early allows you later to focus more attention on the mysteries we celebrate in this Advent/Christmas season.  Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.  To get started, click a link and Amazon will credit me with a small percentage of what you spend during that session.


Meanwhile, …

Black to move.  It’s a race!

NB: I may hold comments with puzzle solutions a little longer than others so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

I dropped in on my OTB club yesterday for about the final 45 minutes of their meeting and got into one game.  We fought to a really tough draw.

Interested in learning?  Try THIS.

I see that a couple of you have availed yourselves of courses through Remote Chess Academy. I think you will like the clear instruction. In some courses and videos I find either too much detail too quickly, or the instructor’s struggle with English is distracting… and I am super sympathetic and speak several languages myself, so my ear is well-tuned. This young fellow has an engaging way and he presents the concepts well. That said, the course that you will really benefit from is the one you really work on. You can get out of them what you put into them.

Yesterday evening, as my daily chores were completed and supper was brought to and end I settled in for a couple of games against the ChessUp AI with mixed results. I suspect that when you set the ELO, it plays above that level.

Right now Chess House has the ChessUp board on sale for $349 (instead of $399) with free shipping.  HERE


This would be a great Christmas present for a family. Consider that children learn well and quickly. With something like chess, it is best to start really young.  I did, and went far, fast in tournaments, etc.  Then I stopped playing for a looooong time.  Getting back in is a challenge.

Shop Chess House Holiday Chess Gifts Free Shipping over $75 to U.S. 48 states.  I’ve bought things from Chess House.  They were prompt.

Meanwhile, the nice folks at TAN Books sent me a copy of a new offering

The Life of Saint Joseph as Seen by the Mystics by Paul Thigpen


We don’t know a great deal about St. Joseph’s life from Scripture.  However, some mystical writers have in their visions and so forth offered some ideas that could be helpful for one’s devotional life.  The compiler, Paul Thigpen, is crystal clear in presenting these insights from mystical writers – such as St. Bridget or Mary of Jesus of Ágreda or Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich – always careful to differentiate between divine, public revelation (which is closed) and private revelations.  There is no confusion.  It is well balanced.

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