Smarter Chess Blog


    • Early Candidates 2016 Predictions

      The next Candidates tournament will take place in March 2016 to determine who will challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship.  The field is set unless any of the participants decline their invitation to play. Qualification pathPlayerAg... | Read More

    • Stockfish 6 takes the Chess Personality Test

      I recommend you first take the test on your own to discover your own chess personality.  A few chess celebrities have already taken the test. Hikaru Nakamura  Danny Rensch  John Bartholomew Take the test for yourself! The test questions are ... | Read More

    • Chess.com Rating Comparison 2015

      UPDATED WITH OVER 370 ENTRIES! Many players are curious about how the different chess.com ratings stack up against each other.  This survey is designed to figure out the answer!     At the bottom of the survey there are also a few questions ... | Read More

    • MN Blizzard Round 1

      The MN Blizzard have their first match in the US Chess League! Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Location: Chess Castle.  1121 Jackson Street NE, Suite #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413     vs All Time Series Record: (This is thei... | Read More

    • MN Blizzard joins USCL

      The Minnesota Blizzard had their kick-off meeting tonight and are ready for the 2015 season.  The Blizzard have two Grandmasters, three International Masters, a FIDE Master, and multiple National Masters.  The United States Chess League will ... | Read More

    • Norway Chess Predictions After 4 Rounds

      Magnus Carlsen is in last place with only one draw in four games.  Can he come back to make the podium or even win the event?!  To find out I created some framework to pull out a expected score (ES) for each match. ES Criteria History between ... | Read More

    • Rochester Winter Open Recap

      The 2015 Rochester Winter (2nd day of Spring) Open was held on March 21st this year, approximately 6 weeks after our usual date.  Many of the players came from outside of Rochester and appreciated the warmer weather.  The tournament is split int... | Read More

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Championship)

      The polling is over!   Capablanca won in an upset! He had a 42% chance to beat Kasparov! Thanks for voting!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can he... | Read More

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Final 4)

      Championship has started March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck compone... | Read More

    • March Madness G.O.A.T. (Elite 8)

      FINAL 4 has begun!   March Madness is here for the chess fans!  Instead of predicting which NCAA Hoops teams will advance to the final four you can help determine the Greatest Chess Player Of All Time.  There will be a bit of a luck componen... | Read More