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  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

  • Garry Kasparov's Best Attacks, Part 2

    Last week, we deconstructed the elements of a successful attack through the lens of Garry Kasparov's magisterial attacking displays. Simply put, his tactical vision, calculation, and imagination were second to none. Garry would pounce on the sli... | Read More

  • The Chigorin Queen's Gambit: A History

    The Chigorin Defense is one opening whose history -- unlike some of others we have examined in previous weeks -- revolves around one man. And of course this is its namesake, Mikhail Chigorin. Chigorin was born in 1850 near St. Peterburg, where h... | Read More

    • Engine User

      Some of Bosnia and Herzegovina Players are Using via Engine, Houdini and Others. What do you think the player uses fraud or cheats? | Read More

    • Maryland Open 2015

      There are two reasons I love playing in MD Chess Association tournaments held at the Rockville Hilton: one, it is a very comfortable playing environment, and two, I've played there three times in the last year and have never left without a prize. ... | Read More

    • "We could use some endgame practice"

      Agggghhhhhh!! My opponent told me that he almost resigned several times but didn't because "we could both use some endgame practice" that is just too close to the truth as will be demonstrated in just a moment.   My end games SUCK!! We have t... | Read More

    • A Bad Day at the UMBC Open (Now Complete!)

      A year ago I returned to tournament chess after a 14-year hiatus. My first tournament was the under-1800 section of the UMBC Open, and I won it with 4.5/5. One year later and 160 rating points up, I was happy to play in the Open section of the sam... | Read More

    • A game full of sacrifices: Crushing the World Champion Engine in 21 Moves!

      •As of August, Houdini 3 Pro is rated 3246 on CCRL.   •Its latest version, Houdini 4 Pro, is rated 3275 on CCRL, and is the 3nd strongest engine in the World.   •Houdini 4 Pro is certainly not the Strongest Engine in the World, but how ... | Read More

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  • Ajeeb

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    The name of the chess automaton built by Charles Alfred Hopper, a Bristol cabinet-maker, in 1865.  Several chess and checker masters (such as Albert Hodges, Ferdinand Burille, and Harry Pillsbury) operated the life-size Indian figure.  O... Read More »