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  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    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

  • The Secrets Of The Berlin Endgame

    "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

  • Clash of Champions: the 1948 World Championship Tournament

    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

  • Monster Opening Preparation

    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

  • When Castles Attack

         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

    • Let Nakamura choose chess960 starting positions in his odds match against Komodo computer

      Komodo, the chess computer with a science-fiction-like rating 3352, has been playing odds matches against grandmasters. That is, Komodo has been giving handicaps to the best chessplayers in the world. In September, Komodo beat Movsesian (2658, wor... | Read More

    • Kamazutra-Chess Variantes de Poscición. Capu 1

      Capu 1. Ajedrez Aleatorio de Fisher Un poco conocido y largo tiempo desechado vastago del Ajedrez Clasico es el reino del llamado "Ajedrez Aleatorio" en sus diversas formas. El Ajedrez Aleatorio de Fischer (en adelante Ajedrez Fischer) es u... | Read More

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      • | Oct 10, 2015
    • My Review of Pawn Sacrifice

      I saw Pawn Sacrifice in Evanston, Illinois, because the film would not be playing in Wisconsin until later September. Driving through more than an hour of heavy rain, flash flooding and lightning - NOT TO MENTION THOSE AWKWARD ILLINOIS ROADWAYS - ... | Read More

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      • | Sep 20, 2015
    • Intuition vs. Calculation

      Today chess computers are so good that humans emulate to play like them. Computers are known for their cold hearted ability to brute-force calculate every line, many moves deep. Unfortunately, humans cannot even come close to the computer's abilit... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 22, 2015
    • The future of chess960 in the hands of chess518players

      Acceptance of the other 959 Schnargls is perhaps so far away that it'll never happen. I mean, I think climate change will turn the globe to dust before chessplayers will give up their 518-specific openings manuals. Nevertheless, scient... | Read More

  • Chess

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    Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, correspondence, and in... Read More »

  • Mieses Opening

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    The Mieses Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move: 1. d3The opening is named after the German-British grandmaster Jacques Mieses. It is considered an irregular opening, so it is classified under the A00 code in the Encyclop... Read More »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »