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  • Man vs Machine Historical Archive

    Man vs Machine matches pit humans against the strongest chess entities of all time — chess engines. As chess engines are many classes stronger than even the strongest grandmasters, all matches take place at some form of odds. The... | Read More

  • TODAY: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match

    The strongest computer chess engine in history will face one of the strongest humans on earth next week in an odds chess match on Chess.com. Komodo will play GM Hikaru Nakamura in a four-game match, January 6 and 7, live on Chess.com/TV and... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well establis... | Read More

  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • The Longest Plan In Chess

    Chess is well known as a game of strategy. This is why it is prominently pictured in all kinds of television commercials that have to showcase long-term planning (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). It is a popular myth among people who don't play c... | Read More

    • • Caro-Kann Defense

      • Caro-Kann Defense Like the French, the Caro-Kann Defense (1. e4 c6) prepares d5 on Black's second move to challenge White's e4 pawn. The Caro-Kann is extremely solid, but not as dynamic as many of Black's other defenses against e4. Compared t... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog IV: Karlsbad 1907

      Karlsbad 1907 International Chess TournamentBy Georg Marco and Carl SchlechterTranslated from the German by Robert SherwoodEdited by Dale BrandrethAnalysis checked by Robert Sherwood and RybkaCaissa Editions, 2007451 pagesKarlsbad, 1907 is long re... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 11, 2016
    • The new addition (Vasik Rajlich) to Fritz team will make this chess engine top one again

      New hopes for the team of Fritz 15 with the new member for its team Vasik G. Rajlich "New author, new engineVasik Rajlich is new to the Fritz team. The American shook up the world of computer chess just a few years ago, reaching the top with... | Read More

      • lavin_arrt
      • | Oct 16, 2015
    • Rook Endings: The Lucena and Philidor positions

      Two need-to-know rook endings are the Lucena and Philidor positions.  One leads to white winning and the other to black drawing.  I've posted them both here so I and everyone else may practice them.   The Lucena position: The Philidor posit... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Oct 9, 2015
    • Tournament of the Engines (Round 2)

      Welcome to round two of the Tournament of the Engines. For this round each engine will need at least 1.5 points to continue on to the next round, the remaining engines are; Alaric 707, Amyan 1.62, Cheng 4, Chispa 4, Cinnamon 1.2b, Critter 1.6a, C... | Read More

      • Hamguy123
      • | Jul 8, 2015
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  • Chess Engines

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    A chess engine is a computer program which is capable of playing a game of chess.  Chess engines do not usually have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and are designed to be used with a separate GUI.  Commercial chess programs normally ha... Read More »

  • Benjamin, Joel

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    Joel Lawrence Benjamin, born March 11, 1964, was the winner of the National Elementary (1976), Junior High School (1978), and High School  Championships (1980-81), U.S. Junior Championship (1980, 1982), U.S. Open Championship (1985), and U.S.... Read More »