Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

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5 days ago

Source in Russian: http://screenstage.ru/?p=1885 Dus Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky with his wife and son lived in our kitchen. Not exactly in kitchen though - beside the kitchen, in the former servant room. The area of that room was 8 ...

Player Dominance Index, 2019 Edition

Player Dominance Index, 2019 Edition

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23 days ago

And another statistical post for today. The year 2019 has ended, and so, it's time to calculate the Dominance Index (or Bestuzhev Index, as Vladimir Bestuzhev used a similar measure to calculate the long-term performance of Soviet chess players of...

Visualization of January FIDE ratings

Visualization of January FIDE ratings

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23 days ago

Here's a New Year statistical treat: how the leading players' FIDE ratings changed over the years. The graph features January ratings of #1 player, #2 player, the average of top 10 (excluding the leader) and the average of top 100 (again, excludin...

Mikhail Tal's last tournament game, revisited

Mikhail Tal's last tournament game, revisited

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Nov 14, 2019

I have already posted Mikhail Tal's last game with annotations from Alexei Shirov, but recently, I came across a blog post by Tal's opponent, Vladimir Akopian. He sheds some more light on the situation and analyzes the game himself. An Epis...

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

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Oct 14, 2019

A small Soviet sci-fi novella by Aleksandr Abramov, published in 1926. The year is 1927. An elderly mathematician from Moscow claims to have built a true chess automaton that can defeat any human player. What happens if his claims are indeed tru...

Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

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Jan 15, 2019

Predictions for @tatasteelchess based on "Bestuzhev index" (percentage of points in classical games against each other, as per chessgamescom data). @lachesisq is the only player to have classical games against all 13 opponents, and has best poin...

Player Dominance Index: 2018 edition

Player Dominance Index: 2018 edition

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Jan 9, 2019

I'm still calculating the Player Dominance Index (percentage of points scored in games against elite field; the rules of admission are discussed in previous posts). This is how the table looks now, after 2018 ended. All results were taken from c...

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