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Magnus Carlsen and Rise of the Quants

The mainstream media and chess public are endlessly fascinated by the chess #1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway. So am I. Yes, he is the reigning World champion with the highest rating anyone has ever achieved. In this number-obsessed world it is something everybody should deeply bow to. In a Financial [...]
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AI Ended Chess. Is Humankind to Follow?

Artificial intelligence has shown itself as a disruptive force in a growing number of fields and professions. Chess is an obvious example with chess engines changing the way we approach the game. The intriguing question is, will one day machines become so powerful that they would think just like [...]
Carlo Bolmida, Cyborg and chessboard

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

Some of his colleague GMs say Carlsen doesn’t play chess actually. They say he is not a real chess player. Few players still do play chess “in contrast to Carlsen, who prefers to wait for his opponent to make a mistake rather than try to outplay him as real chess players do,” GM Alexey Dreev [...]
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Chessmen Move. But What For Exactly?

Chess Square One is Broken Let’s put it bluntly, the 1500-year-old-plus traditional way of starting in chess with how chessmen make moves, coming invariably before everything else, is “fundamentally flawed,” Nimzovich[1]. Sounds almost like a heresy as we all have learned movements of pieces first [...]
Betty Ollier-Lopez, la Briseuse

Center of Gravity, in Chess??

What Makes Chess Masters Superior Center of Gravity? There is CoG in physics that we learned about back in school. It deals with masses and forces distributed in space. The CoG is the point where the resultant of all individual forces is acting. But in chess? You may have not known, but the ability [...]
Ferdinand Pire, The Amazon

Kt Art

Chess Knight expressed in human creative imagination The Knight is the most intricate and distinct chess piece. It is the first that comes to mind when we think of chess. While all other pieces are abstract representations, the Knight is a realistically carved horse head.[1] The chess horse moves [...]
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When a Chess Rivalry Gets Ugly

Rivalries can be highly intense. Here are some hyper-competitive, at times very bitter long-standing ones: Yankees vs. Red Sox, Packers vs. Bears, Alabama vs. Auburn, Ali vs. Frazier, Democrats vs. Republicans, India vs. Pakistan, Greece vs. Turkey, Tesla vs. Edison, Tom vs. Jerry, Coyote vs. [...]
Jose Echeverria, Esperando bajo la luna

Best Way to Master That Mysterious Knight’s Move

History of chess Knight Knight, as a chess piece, is unique. All other pieces have something in common, but none compares with Knight. Back in India, it was represented as a mounted warrior with a shield and sword. Later on, most languages have adopted horse as its name. Knight in English, rather [...]
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Think Outside the Chess Box

Mate in ½ move The catchphrase from the post’s title line, think out of the box means to look farther, trying not to think of obvious things, but beyond them (thus also, think beyond the box). To test your chess lateral thinking out of the box, here are five puzzles today, all titled “Find a [...]
Dušan SMILJANIĆ

Space Wars Starring Cristiano Ronaldo

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is underway, so it may be a good opportunity to relate soccer and our favorite game of chess. Today let us explore the question of what is making a soccer superstar. We will be glad to find out, one of the components of success is what great chess players do [...]
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East Cobb Marietta Chess Coaching Workshop

While there are many excellent choices when it comes to finding a chess coach for your level of play, it seems we are still struggling to find the right way of teaching an absolute beginner. This is evident from the success rate in chess (out of estimated 45 million chess players in the U.S. it is [...]
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East Cobb Summer Chess

Is technology making us all autistic? Technology, by all rights, should have so far killed old-fashioned board games that cannot match eye-popping graphics of today’s action-packed video games. Yet, the opposite has happened with low-tech tabletop games, including chess, continuing to grow. Why is [...]
Junko Tochigi, Game H-13-4

Houston We’ve Had a Problem

“Okay, Houston we’ve had a problem here.” “This is Houston. Say again please.” “Houston we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a main B bus undervolt.” This was communication by which the Apollo 13 crew reported a major technical fault in one of the electrical systems to the Space Center Houston. But who [...]
Edouard Pape

Without Risk One Cannot Become Immor-Tal

Knowledge? Intuition? Risk? Pt. 2 After chess knowledge and intuition in the Pt. 1, let’s now take a look at what risk has to do in defining style. Life is double-edged. To succeed in it, one has to learn to take calculated risks and accept that as a normal aspect of life. One has to take chances — [...]
Alexei Yezhov, Igra

Elements of Success in Chess

Knowledge? Intuition? Risk? Today we follow up on elements of chess playing style discussed last time. As we all well know, every chess player should be equipped with two weapons in his arsenal; he must (a) calculate variations, and (b) evaluate positions. Combinations in chess are result of [...]
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What’s Magnus Carlsen’s Playing Style Like?

Elements of style From art and literature to design and fashion the question of what constitutes style has been debated for centuries. Likewise, long since the days of early chess champions we have argued about their playing styles. We use the word style freely without giving it much thought. But [...]
Robert Kraus, Jan 21, 1961, The New Yorker collection

The New Yorker Chess Cartoons

Since its debut in 1925, week after week, The New Yorker magazine keeps you current with its groundbreaking reporting, surprising opinions, sharp wit, the best in prose and visual arts. It is a fertile source of your creative inspiration. “The writing is mostly first-rate, frequently coming from [...]
Sergey Kuznetsov, Unfulfilled

Simagin’s “Curved Rifle” Playing Style

We are continuing on paying tribute to GM Vladimir Simagin, a startlingly original chess mind, who was avidly seeking and striving for new creative ideas all the time. Simagin won the 1947 Moscow championship ahead of Bronstein, who later wrote in his 200 Open Games, “Simagin demonstrated an [...]
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Vladimir Simagin. A Chess Artist

Every field of human endeavor has its heroes and legends. Some of them are praised a lot and gotten kind of cult status, like the World champions and the highest-tier members. But sadly, many other great minds have simply been forgotten. In chess, one of them is GM Vladimir Simagin. Simagin [...]
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Absurdity of Michael Cheval

We must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine. ― Honoré de Balzac Habits and routine may contribute to our success, but they also have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy. As long as they dictate the patterns of how we live, the way how we make decisions, the [...]
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Imagination against the Obvious

What is more important, logic and the obvious, or imagination? Which of the two gives us more fun? To answer this question, let us have a look at our latest positionally tactical puzzle. This time, it features an endgame, from Ehrlacher-Metzger, 1992. Endgames show strength and limitations of [...]
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How to Make Your Next Move. A Really Good One

Our games Everyone’s playing. The thing is not everyone knows they’re playing – even after they have made a move. Games are like simplified versions of everyday life. While it is hard to grasp the meaning of life, games bring meaning out of chaos. Games have rules and structure and create order. As [...]
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From Small Things, Mama, Big Things One Day Come

Bruce Springsteen? No, Jose Raul Capablanca! Petite combinaisons were Capa’s big business How is the outcome of a chess game decided? Normally, you build up your game positionally until your opponent is unable to meet a tactical threat. In other words, the game is played on positional lines, but [...]
Marina Korenfeld, Eternal game

Here is How Chess Engines DON’T Think!

Actually, they don’t think, they are just number crunchers Our positionally tactical1 puzzle for the Dec. 1 week is Donner-Petrosian from the 1955 Gothenburg Interzonal. Below is position after 30…b5. Black actively plays on the Q-side to make advantage of his pawn majority there. White has to find [...]
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Were Carlsen and Anand Too, Too, Too Much Boring?

Why is it most of us don’t even realize it? There’s an argument that this generation of men’s chess is boring and I think it’s a valid one. It’s not boring to see two great players like Anand and Carlsen compete in the World Chess Championship match. What is getting mundane is watching the same [...]
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Finden Sie die Lösung!

Find the solution to this difficult chess problem Several Grandmasters haven’t been able to, actually. “In an Italian tournament back in 1990s, an International Chess Master couldn’t find the win at the board in this position: IM Srdjan Sale of Croatia showed IM Gerard Welling the position, who [...]
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King Magnus, We the Humble Subjects of the Chess Kingdom are at Your Mercy

Please give us some more chess, true chess! It’s a great time for the newly crowned chess monarch and it may also be coming better times for chess. I say maybe, because something got to change in the way the new crown head and his royalty at the top are acting. To be honest, the new sovereign got [...]
Miro Radojcic

Who is 2165 Rated Guy Who Scored Undefeated 9.5-2.5 Coming in Second After Benkő at the 1964 US Open?

Dissidents play chess Christmas Eve 1984. A group of like-minded people got together in Villa Dragoslava of Drs. Velimir and Petar Simić at Banovo Brdo, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a meeting place of the anti-communist opposition in the 70s and 80s. Who are these people? We all recognize Viktor the [...]
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