What's Inside AlphaZero's Chess Brain?

What's Inside AlphaZero's Chess Brain?

Mel_OCinneide
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Feb 7, 2018

In the first part of this article I described how AlphaZero calculates variations. In this part I’ll cover how it learns, by itself, to play chess. I’ll have to gloss over some details, but hopefully there’s enough to give...

Top 10 Reasons To Watch PRO Chess League Wednesday

Top 10 Reasons To Watch PRO Chess League Wednesday

FM MikeKlein
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Feb 6, 2018

Talk show host David Letterman made the "Top 10 List" famous but now that he's retired, Chess.com is bringing it back! Why now? There will be a world top-10 player competing during every hour of tomorrow's PRO Chess League round five, so it...

You vs Magnus Carlsen

You vs Magnus Carlsen

GM Gserper
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Feb 4, 2018

Last week, one of my students, whose USCF rating is around 1000, asked me: "What will my rating be if I beat Magnus Carlsen 8-2?" Don't laugh, the kid is just 10 years old and he was not going to do it in 30 days. Besides, he has a predeces...

Who Was Henry Ernest Atkins?

Who Was Henry Ernest Atkins?

IM Silman
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Feb 2, 2018

As everyone knows, all professional sportsmen have to stay sharp or their fitness and skills will quickly decay. In chess, a few months away from the game is enough to leave you out of sync. So it’s hard for me to understand how Henry Ern...

What is Zwischenzug? | Chess Terms

What is Zwischenzug? | Chess Terms

CHESScom
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Feb 1, 2018

Zwischenzug is a German word that means "in-between move." Such moves are common in chess, but many times they can be quite unexpected! Other terms which mean the same thing in chess literature are intermezzo, intermediate move, and ...

Who Would Win A Real PRO Chess League Fight?

Who Would Win A Real PRO Chess League Fight?

pete
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Jan 31, 2018

The PRO Chess League kicks off an exciting week three today, as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and more of the world's best players will do battle on the chessboard.  You can watch the actual competition live and on demand at Twitch....

@chessbot - The Chess.com Bot for Slack

@chessbot - The Chess.com Bot for Slack

News
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Jan 30, 2018

If you use Slack and have a Chess.com account, you can now easily connect them and get some cool functionality inside of Slack! Head on over to Slack and check out our new @chessbot.  The best way to get started is to hit @chessbot help a...

Carlsen, Caruana Headline PRO Chess Week 3

Carlsen, Caruana Headline PRO Chess Week 3

PROChessLeague
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Jan 30, 2018

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is back to star in week three of the Pro Chess League. Be sure to watch all the action this Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. Pacific, on Twitch.com/prochessleague. Carlsen's Norway Gnomes face off against t...

Do As The Chess Super Grandmasters Do!

Do As The Chess Super Grandmasters Do!

GM Gserper
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Jan 28, 2018

Some time ago my friend complained about his stock market misfortune: "Whenever I buy a stock it immediately starts going down! Greg, it almost feels like somebody is watching me. The stock could go straight up for years, but once I buy it, i...

Pay Attention: The Art Of Looking At Your Opponent

Pay Attention: The Art Of Looking At Your Opponent

IM Silman
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Jan 26, 2018

In April 2016 I wrote an article called "Dancing With Yourself." After looking at a lot of amateur games (on Chess.com and also in tournaments)—and at those by titled players—I see (sadly) that most people are still dancing with them...

Nakamura Headlines PRO Chess League Round 2

Nakamura Headlines PRO Chess League Round 2

PROChessLeague
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Jan 24, 2018

As the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League heads to its second week of matchups, we have already seen some of the top players in the world put up monster performances. This Thursday, Hikaru Nakamura will be making his deb...

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

GM Gserper
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Jan 21, 2018

Magnus Carlsen is a genius. I doubt that many people would argue about this well-established fact. It is a totally different question why we call him a genius. Is it because he is the world champion? I don't think so. Max Euwe was the world cha...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman
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Jan 19, 2018

CHESS REVIEW Chess Review (from 1933 to late 1969) was without any doubt the best American chess magazine until, in 1961, it ran into a remarkably improved Chess Life. Both tried to beat the other (interest exploded due to the advent of Tal and,...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete
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Jan 17, 2018

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess stat...

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

GM Gserper
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Jan 14, 2018

In one of my recent articles, I asked readers to share their goals for 2018. Despite my explicit warning that the goal of gaining rating points can be counterproductive, this is exactly what majority of our members wish. Well, your wish is ...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 2

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 2

IM Silman
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Jan 12, 2018

CHESS LIFE Chess Life, of course, has had its good times and bad times; the late 1970s brought about a cut in the page-count while the Fischer drop in membership forced austerity, including removing many columnists. It never came close to its gl...

The Julien Levy Gallery

The Julien Levy Gallery

batgirl
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Jan 10, 2018

       Chess as Art had been debated over and over.  Whether or not the Chess is Art, there does seems to be some affinity between the two disciplines.  Marcel Duchamp, a devotee to both, explained that it was the c...

Arena Kings Chess Tournaments Results

Arena Kings Chess Tournaments Results

CHESScom
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Jan 10, 2018

Every Wednesday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (8 p.m. GMT), everyone is invited to join the Arena Kings Chess Tournament: where everyone can play but only streamers can win cash prizes! Please read the full rules and eligibility criteria here Schedu...

What If Chess Pieces Were Cryptocurrencies?

What If Chess Pieces Were Cryptocurrencies?

pete
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Jan 10, 2018

Cryptocurrency mania is surely upon us. Interest in these digital assets has soared like great blooming tulips, and prices have grown even higher. You can't turn on CNBC for more than a few minutes without seeing someone talking excitedly about ...

How To Make Lucky Blunders

How To Make Lucky Blunders

GM Gserper
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Jan 7, 2018

For most club players, blunders are a very big problem. They can ruin a game or even a whole tournament! Besides, they prevent a chess player from getting better results and a higher rating. That's why some time ago I wrote a six-part arti...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines: Part 1

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines: Part 1

IM Silman
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Jan 5, 2018

CHESS LIFE AND REVIEW I was recently thinking about the best U.S. chess magazines ever. There were quite a lot. Two favorites are Joel Benjamin’s magazine, Chess Chow (1991 to 1994), which was hilarious, and Inside Chess, Yasser Seirawan&r...

Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland
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Jan 3, 2018

Evidently, many titled players resolved to play more Titled Tuesdays in 2018! With 259 entrants, this month's Titled Tuesday was easily the largest yet. With an impressive 9/10, GM Gadir Guseinov was clear first. I recently read GM Judit ...