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Chess.com Acquires Komodo; Launches New 'Monte Carlo' Version Similar To AlphaZero

Chess.com Acquires Komodo; Launches New 'Monte Carlo' Version Similar To AlphaZero

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chess.com acquires the Komodo chess engine and launches Komodo Monte Carlo with a probability search similar to AlphaZero. Palo Alto, Calif., May 24, 2018—Chess.com has acquired the powerful computer chess engine Komodo, the company announced today. The acquisition of the Komodo comes with the release of an exciting new version of the engine called Komodo Monte Carlo, where moves are chosen by win probability and not traditional evaluation. The approach is similar...

Altibox Norway Chess Takes Off On Sunday

Altibox Norway Chess Takes Off On Sunday

PeterDoggers
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On Sunday, the sixth edition of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament begins in Stavanger, Norway. The field, topped by Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, has eight out of the world's top 10 players. The participants list has eight of the first 10 players on the May 2018 rating list and the other two names are so big that some will be surprised to hear that they are not currently in the top 10: Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand. 2018 Altibox Norway Chess | Participants # Fed Name Rating World Born 1 Carlsen,...

Chess Tournaments Calendar

Chess Tournaments Calendar

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Find out when the top chess events and tournaments are taking place! Missing a strong event? Please let us know in the comments. Click here for results of completed chess tournaments and events in 2018. MAY 2018 Date Event Location May 24 Bundesliga PlayoffThe Bundesliga will be decided in a match between Baden-Baden and Solingen. Games: Caruana-Giri, MVL-Ragger, Anand-Van Wely, Svidler-Smeets, Wojtaszek-L'Ami, Adams-Predojevic, Bacrot-Andersen, Kasimdzhanov-Nikolic. (Classical) Baden-Baden,...

Fabiano Caruana's 3 Most Interesting Endgames

Fabiano Caruana's 3 Most Interesting Endgames

GM dbojkov
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Fabiano Caruana is one of the most exciting players in chess today as he gears up for his world championship match vs. Magnus Carlsen later this year. Take a look at his three most interesting and educational endgames, including the one he needed to qualify for the world championship.

Bassem Amin Wins African Individual Chess Championship

Bassem Amin Wins African Individual Chess Championship

Alessandro_Parodi
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The 2018 African Individual Chess Championship was a walk in the park for Egyptian GM Bassem Amin, the only African player to ever reach a rating of 2700. He won the tournament for the fifth time. Amin ended the main section of the tournament on 8.5/9, won the blitz African championship and was tied for first place in the rapid, proving to be the strongest player in the continent. Here's his game from round six which included a positional queen sacrifice. The only challenge...

Titled Players: Win A Trip To Play Isle Of Man

Titled Players: Win A Trip To Play Isle Of Man

PeterDoggers
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Besides our regular prize fund, there's something very special to win in our next Titled Tuesday tournament, on Tuesday, June 5: The best male and best female player will earn an expenses-paid spot in the Chess.com Isle of Man International. You might have noticed that this year's Chess.com Isle of Man tournament (October 20-28) will be strong—ridiculously strong. Right now, the lineup of the masters includes Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin,...

What's Your Favorite Chess Move?

What's Your Favorite Chess Move?

FM MikeKlein
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If you were to list your five favorite chess moves, how would you pick them? Would you have to research them, or do you already have them memorized? When it comes to memory, research suggests that you are more likely to remember a move you've seen many times over a longer period of time (rather than a single game that you played over five hours). You are also more likely to remember moves—whether they are yours or from others—that made an emotional impact on you. OK, but that's...

The Unpredictable Ding Liren

The Unpredictable Ding Liren

GM Gserper
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There was an anniversary a few days ago that was completely missed by the chess world. I am not talking about any chess player's birthday since they generally are covered by many chess publications (believe it or not, I even saw a note about Karl Marx's 200-year anniversary on many chess-related websites!). Instead we can celebrate a five-year anniversary that has seriously affected the modern chess elite. On April 21, 2013, in the first round of Alekhine Memorial, GM Levon Aronian played GM Ding...

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