10 Years Ago Today...

10 Years Ago Today...

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 18, 2018

Ten years ago today, most of the world found out that former World Champion Bobby Fischer died. While he technically passed the evening before (on January 17, 2008), it wasn't until morning that all but his closest confidants heard the news. T...

Can Siri Explain AlphaZero?

Can Siri Explain AlphaZero?

FM MikeKlein
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Dec 15, 2017

AlphaZero's technology could be groundbreaking, but is leaving the chess world with so many questions. Maybe AlphaZero's little sister, Siri, can help? An actual conversation I had this morning with Siri on my iPhone... Siri, are you afraid of...

The Tale Of The PRO League In One Sentence

The Tale Of The PRO League In One Sentence

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 13, 2017

My friend the Lion King, ever the grandiose Blockbuster Rockstar, told me, the Knight, in his usual Soprano voice, that despite usually just being a lowly Mechanic who Surfs the internet, to fulfill my Destiny "expect the enemy to fight like a Nom...

And The Best Staff Member Of Chess.com Is...

And The Best Staff Member Of Chess.com Is...

FM MikeKlein
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Jul 26, 2016

In late 2013, Chess.com decided that all staff member raises would be decided by virtue of a company-wide tournament. Kidding, but I wouldn't object! We did have a tournament online just for fun, and two years later crowned a champion. Luckily f...

Daniil Kucherenko, 1983-2014

Daniil Kucherenko, 1983-2014

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 20, 2014

The chess world lost another soul last week, as Ukrainian master-strength player Daniil Kucherenko (FIDE 2365) succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash. Kucherenko, who's name was sometimes spelled Danylo but was known to some friends by the...

Your Chance to Play Carlsen!

Your Chance to Play Carlsen!

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 9, 2014

Feel like playing a world champion next week? Probably every one in the world, short of Viswanathan Anand, would likely say "Yes!" Here's your chance. GM Magnus Carlsen, just two months removed from becoming the second-youngest world champion in...

Death Match 21 Qualifying Nears Finish Line

Death Match 21 Qualifying Nears Finish Line

FM MikeKlein
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Dec 27, 2013

With only a few days left before the end of the year (and with it the end of the Third Chess.com Death Match Qualifier), here is how the race shapes up. Note that players are playing dozens of games in a day sometimes and the rankings and ratings ...

Death Match 18 - Going Toe to Stiletto

Death Match 18 - Going Toe to Stiletto

FM MikeKlein
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Sep 23, 2013

UPDATE: GM Judit Polgar wins Death Match 18 over GM Nigel Short - 17.5-10.5. A longer news article will follow Sunday.   We've had Super-GM clashes before. We've had Europeans play many times, and we've had all-female battles too. But Chess.com ...

Blitz Death Match 17 - Which Super-GM is Superman?

Blitz Death Match 17 - Which Super-GM is Superman?

FM MikeKlein
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Aug 16, 2013

In the first ever Death Match between two Super-GMs, Loek van Wely (FIDE 2701) and Arkadij Naiditsch (FIDE 2710) will battle it out over three hours on Friday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. While the real Superman promotes the...

Chess.com TV Coverage Spanning All Oceans

Chess.com TV Coverage Spanning All Oceans

FM MikeKlein
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Aug 6, 2013

Remember when ESPN began in 1979 and showed what sports coverage could look like? Yeah me neither - I was born a month later. But from what I read, the same breadth of coverage, wit, and insight is currently happening in the chess world. There a...

Death Match 16 - Battle of the Americas

Death Match 16 - Battle of the Americas

FM MikeKlein
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Jul 4, 2013

Start with two grandmasters. Add some Argentinian and Brazilian blood. Throw in some more from Connecticut, Armenia and Lebanon. What do you get? The most multicultural Chess.com Death Match ever! Death Match 16 will feature the Americas-hopping G...

Death Match 15 - Miracle On-Line?

Death Match 15 - Miracle On-Line?

FM MikeKlein
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May 29, 2013

Death Match 15 pits a world top-ten super grandmaster against a player who is 250 points lower and taking a break from tournaments. GM Fabiano Caruana, an American-Italian dual citizen who plays for Italy, will have the largest-ever Death Match ra...

Two Knight Raiders to Joust in 14th Death Match

Two Knight Raiders to Joust in 14th Death Match

FM MikeKlein
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May 17, 2013

Two Texas Tech Knight Raider teammates will square off in Chess.com's 14th Death Match this Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. The match could be the "Modesty Cup" as neither player gives himself a ringing endorsement in blit...

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