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U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong In Lead

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong In Lead

PeterDoggers
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As winners in the second round, Sam Sevian and Wesley So joined Jeffery Xiong in the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship. Carissa Yip and Jennifer Yu are tied for first place in the women's tournament. U.S. Championship: "First of all it was a very tough game. I played very badly today; didn't get much chances," said Wesley So, who managed to score the full point against Timur Gareyev from a position that everyone expected to end in a draw. "I didn't want to accept the draw right away although...

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

PeterDoggers
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Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen's Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess that White begins. It all started on Tuesday evening with a slightly mysterious tweet and Facebook post from Carlsen. The world's number-one chess player appears together with world number-four Giri, in front of a dark background that some insiders might...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

PROChessLeague
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The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 PRO Chess League champion. This season features stars like Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Anish Giri and many more! The 2019 regular season is 10 weeks long, running from January 8 through March 14. During the regular season, teams will play one match against...

Stockfish and another forced-mate problem it cannot solve

Stockfish and another forced-mate problem it cannot solve

Rocky64
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Like all top chess engines, Stockfish is a super-tactician and as such it’s normally able to uncover any forced-mate sequences that aren’t excessively long. Yet there are certain directmate problems – composed positions requiring the quickest forced-mate to be found – that are relatively short but which confound the engine. A year ago in a blog I wrote about such an exceptional composition, a 9-mover that was unsolved even when its solution was truncated. Given that Stockfish...

U.S. Chess Championships Take Off In St. Louis

U.S. Chess 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. All six games in the women's championship were decisive. Moved up a bit in the calendar, the 2019 U.S. championships (open and women's) took off on Wednesday, for the 11th time in the Saint Louis Chess Club. 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 a penguin. | Photo:...

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

IsaacSteincamp
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As we gear up for Chess.com's first ever Junior Speed Chess Championship (JSCC), many on our staff have had conversations about who the youngest and strongest players are in today's game... which naturally led to a review of who the youngest, and fastest players were to obtain the highest title in chess. Indeed it seems the game just keeps getting younger and younger! Grandmaster titles are now being achieved at twelve, thirteen, and fourteen years of age. Young talents are able to take advantage...

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...

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