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
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
We all have terrible ideas now and then. Typically, they stem from the crazy urge to sacrifice a piece. Even the best of the best can’t always resist. In fact, this series will pay tribute to those special moments when the game's most powerf... | Read More
Every chess player has a unique style, his own tendencies and preferences. But one attribute is common to all elite grandmasters: tenacity.
Consider Magnus Carlsen's performance at the 2015 Gashimov Memorial. In the first round, Magnus conf... | Read More
[UPDATE: You can play GM Anish Giri and support the Nepal earthquake recovery effort. Details here.]
My first game of online chess was against a grandmaster.
Decades ago, I had signed up for a now-defunct website, and logged in to play for my ... | Read More