A tribute to Pal Benko (1928-2019)

A tribute to Pal Benko (1928-2019)

Rocky64
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11 days ago

The legendary grandmaster and problemist Pal Benko has passed away on August 26, at the age of 91. He was one of the very few world-class players who also excelled at chess composition, adept in devising problems and endgame studies alike. Indeed,...

Vladimir Nabokov in ‘The Problemist’

Vladimir Nabokov in ‘The Problemist’

Rocky64
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Jun 10, 2019

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century whose celebrated works include Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada. Early in his career he wrote The Defense (1930), the story of a chess grandmaster named Luzhin whose obse...

Top 10 greatest chess scenes in movies

Top 10 greatest chess scenes in movies

Rocky64
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Jan 27, 2019

For chess enthusiasts who are also fans of cinema, movie scenes that prominently feature the royal game hold a special appeal. Many people have produced lists of the most famous of such scenes, clips of which are typically found on YouTube. Surpri...

Even more adventures with endgame tablebases

Even more adventures with endgame tablebases

Rocky64
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Dec 23, 2018

Endgame tablebases are remarkable software that effectively plays perfect chess in any position with up to seven pieces. As such they are an invaluable analytical tool and in two previous blogs (Adventures and More Adventures), I demonstrated...

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