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No Draws Among Women As U.S. Championships Take Off In St. Louis

No Draws Among Women As U.S. Championships Take Off In St. Louis

PeterDoggers
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Jeffery Xiong is the early leader at the 2019 U.S. Championship thanks to a win with the black pieces vs Timur Gareyev. The women's championship saw no less than six decisive games. Moved up a bit in the calendar, the 2019 U.S. Championships (open and women) took off on Wednesday, for the 11th time in the Saint Louis Chess Club in St. Louis, USA. At stake is a $50,000 first prize. At Monday's opening ceremony in the St. Louis Zoo, players chose a stuffed animal for their lot number. Caruana picked...

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

pete
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The Chess.com Computer Chess champion Stockfish defended its sixth straight title last weekend as it bested the machine-learning engine Lc0 in a heads-up match that went the distance to the maximum number of games. Stockfish took the CCC 6: Winter Classic championship belt after a solid 101.5/200 showing in the final, which was played at a time control of 10 minutes plus a 10-second increment.  These two engines move on to CCC 7: Blitz Bonanza, heading a field of 24 engines...

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

GM Gserper
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In his famous comedy routine, Richard Pryor tells a story about being caught cheating with another woman by his wife. Since the wife entered the room at the worst possible moment, it was pointless to deny the fact of cheating and yet, he tried his best. As his last argument, he asks: "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" Richard Pryor. Photo by Alan Light / Wikipedia. While that was just a comedy performance, I've seen many chess players who trust anything but their own eyes! Some...

Dusting Off the Ol' Chess Blog...Anyone Have Some Polish?

Dusting Off the Ol' Chess Blog...Anyone Have Some Polish?

ChessMarkstheSpot
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  Hello Again Readers!      It has been a long time, nearly three years now, since I have put a blog post up at Chess.com. In that time frame, many things have happened, and not many of them were good. All of that aside, after a couple of hours of house cleaning today and some furniture moving, I decided to take the time to actually clean my Fischer/Spassky '72 set from House of Staunton that I got several years ago and that led me to watch Bobby Fischer Against the...

8-Year-Old Refugee Wins New York State Championship

8-Year-Old Refugee Wins New York State Championship

PeterDoggers
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Although he is living in a homeless shelter and only learned to play chess a year ago, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, an eight-year-old Nigerian refugee, won the New York State Championship earlier this month. The story has been covered by major news outlets all over the world. Tanitoluwa was seven years old when he, his parents and his older brother reportedly fled from Nigeria in search for a safer place. Threatened by terrorist group Boko Haram, which is attacking Christians like his family, they...

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

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This is our archive of older, completed chess tournaments and events. Click here for our calendar of current chess events! DECEMBER 2018 Date Event Location December 9-16 London Chess ClassicHikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. News report. (Classical, rapid,...

In Other News: Chess Growing Across The Globe

In Other News: Chess Growing Across The Globe

IsaacSteincamp
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While chess fans worldwide may have had their eyes glued to PRO Chess League action, the World Team Championship or Prague, here are some stories you may have missed this past month: Chess Therapy for Panic Disorders Catching Up with the Queen of Katwe Chess in Namibia Chess in Detroit World Chess Survey Ennio Morricone Plays Chess Chess Therapy For Panic Disorders A recent study from the Asian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that chess therapy may help individuals with panic...

Join The Study To Evaluate Chess.com Lessons

Join The Study To Evaluate Chess.com Lessons

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Chess.com is looking to recruit volunteers for a study on the effectiveness of Chess.com lessons and training.  Participants will be randomized into three groups: (1) members who complete exactly one Chess.com lesson per day; (2) members who complete as many lessons as they want every day; (3) members who are not selected to be in the study. Eligibility:To be eligible for the study, participants must meet the following criteria: Chess.com member for more than six months Rated below 1000...

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