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When Teaching Chess to Beginners, I Start With This Piece...

  • King
  • Queen
  • Rook
  • Bishop
  • Knight
  • Pawn
  • I set up all of the pieces and we go from there
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Created on September 24, 2014 | 5710 Votes | 29 Comments

If You Were Magnus Carlsen, Would You Have Signed the World Championship Contract?

  • Yes, dropping out the cycle would be too risky.
  • Yes, keeping chess with only one legitimate world champion is important.
  • No, playing for less money than last time is not acceptable.
  • No, Norway should host since India hosted last time.
  • No, the political situation in Russia is not stable enough.
  • No, the AGON/sponsor aspect is too dodgy.
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Created on September 17, 2014 | 3303 Votes | 33 Comments

Was GM Fabiano Caruana's Sinquefield Performance the Best Ever?

  • Yes.
  • No, it was Karpov's 11/13 in Linares, 1994.
  • No, it was Topalov's undefeated championship in San Luis, 2005.
  • No, it was Carlsen's 8/10 in Nanjing, 2009.
  • No, it was Ivanchuk's 8/10 in M-Tel, 2008.
  • No, it was Kasparov's 12/14 in Tilburg, 1989.
  • No, it was Fischer's 20-0 run in the Candidates Matches in the 1970s.
  • No, it was Fischer's 11-0 perfect score in the 1963 U.S. Championship.
  • No, it was Sofia Polgar's 8.5/9 in Rome, 1989.
  • No, it was some other performance.
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Created on September 9, 2014 | 5181 Votes | 48 Comments

Who Would You Like to See Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

  • Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
  • Garry Kasparov
  • Magnus Carlsen
  • Hikaru Nakamura
  • Danny Rensch
  • Other
  • No One
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Created on August 29, 2014 | 6602 Votes | 52 Comments

Which of GM Judit Polgar's Accomplishments Will You Remember Most?

  • Number 1 Woman for 25 Years
  • Reaching Top Ten in the World (Peak Rating of 2735)
  • Breaking the Record For World's Youngest Grandmaster
  • Beating Ten World Champions in Classical Chess
  • Refusing to Play in Women's Tournaments
  • First Woman to Compete For a World Championship
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Created on August 25, 2014 | 2876 Votes | 20 Comments