Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players.
Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More
"Every time the Berlin endgame shows up on the board," GM Vladimir Kramnik remarked a few weeks ago, "everyone starts to cry quietly, [because] such positions are boring. However, games are often full of exciting play, although there are... | Read More
Shortly after the end of World War II, Alexander Alekhine died, allegedly by choking, in a mostly empty hotel on the windswept coast of Portugal.
He left the world championship crown vacant, for the first time since Steinitz became the first wor... | Read More
Serious opening preparation is a must for all chess professionals. At times, the preparation is mundane:
NORMAL OPENING PREPARATION
1) You decide to play a new opening that had attracted you for years, or you saw something new and exc... | Read More
There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here: Checkmate by Castling.
This type of mate is so ra... | Read More