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25.04.2017 18:56 Ted 2017: I won first match with Deep Blue, says Kasparov
Garry Kasparov relived his epic chess match with IBM's Deep Blue computer as he took to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to talk about the current battle between man and machine. The chess ex-champion said it had been both a "blessing and curse" to be the first to take on an intelligent machine. "Nobody remembers that I won the first match," he said. And he still believed man had ultimately triumphed. "Machine's triumph is man's triumph," he told the audience. "Deep Blue was victorious, but was it intelligent?" "Chess could be crunched by brute force once algorithms got smart enough, but it didn't offer the dreamt-of insights into the mysteries of human intelligence." He described how he had felt when he had sat down for his first chess match, in February 1996. "When I met Deep Blue I was the world chess champion, but ...
24.04.2017 16:53 Nimzo, Benoni
Lots of White Wins!
23.04.2017 17:01 Queen's Gambit, Slav
Fascinating new developments
22.04.2017 19:30 Hou Yifan shocks Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen at Grenke Classic
The world’s No1 woman chess player, Hou Yifan, enters Saturday’s final round of the Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden in contention for a historic result. After the first three of the seven rounds, played at Karlsruhe, the Chinese 23-year-old led the field on 2.5 points, crushing the world No4, Fabiano Caruana, then having much the better of a draw with Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion. But in Friday’s penultimate round Hou lost to Armenia’s Levon Aronian, who leads on 5/6 ahead of Caruana and Carlsen. Her results against Caruana and Carlsen were a landmark for women’s chess and a turnaround for Hou after her previous setbacks in 2017. At Tradewise Gibraltar she threw her final-round game in a bizarre and unjustified protest against the pairings; then, back on Chinese soil, she tamely lost her match 3-1 against ...
21.04.2017 22:52 Dragon Sicilians
No Easter bunnies here!
20.04.2017 18:42 On Chess : Professional players through the eyes of a grandmaster, coach and spectator
From March 27 until mid-April, I had the chance to be grandmaster in residence at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Being at the “mecca” of chess was already a great privilege but what doubled my luck was coinciding this period with the most prestigious chess event in the United States: the U.S. Chess Championships! I had the chance to observe this event from three perspectives: grandmaster and professional chess player familiar to the demanding nature of this sport, coach, and spectator (I was closely following the event and commenting for other spectators). I happen to be the fiancé and coach of WGM Sabina Foisor, who came in as an underdog and won the event in style. This combination gave me a new insight into professional players’ lives, careers, and ups and downs during a chess tournament. First, ...
19.04.2017 13:05 Caro Pirc Alekhine
The conflict between Hypermodern and Classical
18.04.2017 19:29 Open Sicilians
More Najdorf novelties!
17.04.2017 21:32 King Pawn
The latest King Pawn novelties
17.04.2017 00:19 French Defence
The French Defense in the U S Championships
15.04.2017 21:37 King's Indian
The usual King's Indian bloodbaths!
15.04.2017 18:47 Wesley So wins US chess title despite struggling to break down opponents
Wesley So got there in the end but he made heavy weather of it. The 23-year-old world No2, aiming for his first US title, found it difficult to break down the solid play of his opponents. The former Filipino did win in brilliant style in the ninth round, as featured in last week’s puzzle, but then...
15.04.2017 15:49 Daring Defences
The Grunfeld Spring
13.04.2017 19:11 On Chess : 2017 US Chess Championships crown victors, Wesley So and Sabina Foisor
Between March 29 and April 10, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis hosted the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, two of the most exciting chess events in the American circuit. This year, the events were stronger than ever, with three players out of the ...
13.04.2017 16:12 Anti-Sicilians
A Gawain Jones special!
11.04.2017 18:54 English, Flank
Wrinkles in the Reti
07.04.2017 20:20 World No2, Wesley So, shares lead in congested field at US chess championship
The 23-year-old is in joint first place after eight of the 11 rounds in St Louis but just half a point separates the top six grandmasters. The world No2, Wesley So, on a run of 64 games without defeat, is clinging to the shared lead as the US chess championship at St Louis reaches its decisive final...
02.04.2017 19:37 How some of Britain's greatest writers played chess by post
It may not seem unusual for a literary editor to engage in regular correspondence with some of the country’s greatest writers. But Anthony Curtis’ letters to Sir William Golding, Richard Adams and others were not inquiring about to their latest work, but their next move on the chess board. Curti...
29.03.2017 18:50 Resignation claim is fake, says world chess chief
The international chess governing body FIDE has been plunged into controversy after announcing its longtime president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, had resigned in a statement he dismissed as “fake”. Ilyumzhinov, a Russian businessman and former leader of Russia’s Buddhist Kalmykia region, is no strang...
25.03.2017 18:10 Chess : David Howell fights back to take surprise win at St Louis Winter Classic
England’s David Howell stole the show this week at the St Louis Winter Classic, a 10-grandmaster invitation staged in America’s major chess city. The 26-year-old from Seaford, Sussex, was seeded only fifth but played through unbeaten with three wins and six draws to take the $5,000 first prize. ...
24.03.2017 17:52 On Chess : US Chess is rising and So is the competition
It’s that time of the year again. The time when St. Louis dresses up in its white and black gown and welcomes the best chess players the nation has to offer. The 2017 U.S. Chess Championship & U.S. Women’s Championship will take place from March 28 to April 10 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Ce...
22.03.2017 18:39 Chess notes
The new women’s world chess champion is the much unexpected Tan Zhongyi. She is the 16th women’s chess champion and the fifth Chinese woman to hold the title. Just the ninth-highest rated and very much in the shadow of her countrywoman Wenjun Ju, Tan showed great determination and preparation to...
14.03.2017 17:54 Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?
It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer. 75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, scie...
11.03.2017 19:40 What Qualities Do Talented Chess Players Share?
If you’re not a great chess player yourself, generally chess talent will manifest itself in six different areas: Focus. Chess games are long (up to seven hours in some formats). If you can’t focus, you will struggle to play. Memory. You have to memorize a lot of opening theory, middlegame theory...
06.03.2017 19:33 Does Women's Chess Have a Problem?
Last week, Tan Zhongyi, a Chinese grandmaster, became the Women’s World CHess Champion. She did it by winning a 64-player knockout tournament held in Tehran that included most of the world’s top chess players. For this triumph, Tan earned $48,000. The chess tournament was exciting and there were...
05.03.2017 19:07 Tan Zhongyi produces surprise victory in women's world championship
The world women’s chess championship in Tehran ended with a shock on Friday afternoon when Tan Zhongyi, the No9 seed but little known outside China, defeated the No2 seed, Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, in speed tie-breaks to capture the crown. Tan Zhongyi had earlier knocked out the top seed, Ju Wenju...
28.02.2017 18:18 Fide Grand Prix struggling in Sharjah as big names choose to stay away
Magnus Carlsen, Vlad Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So are all absent and the organisers may struggle to sell pay-per-view packages. Sharjah has its closing rounds this weekend (11am start). The €130,000 chess tournament in the United Arab Emirates is the first of four legs of th...
26.02.2017 18:41 On Chess : A look at the Tradewise Gilbraltar Open 2017 contest
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open is considered one of the strongest open chess tournaments in the world. The 2017 tournament was held Jan. 24 through Feb. 2 with an exceptionally strong pool of chess players, including super Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana of St. Louis, as well as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, H...
22.02.2017 18:33 Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab
Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law. Derakhshani was expelled for not covering her hair with the garment – compulsory wear for women since the Islamic Rev...
22.02.2017 18:32 Teenage Iranian chess master banned from national team for refusing to wear a headscarf
To most observers, nothing stood out about Dorsa Derakhshani last month when she competed at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 18-year-old female grand master fared fine on the chessboard, twice using the Four Knights defense, and looked like any other teenager you might see in the British...
22.02.2017 18:22 What chess players can teach us about intelligence and expertise
Are experts more intelligent than non-experts or do they just work harder? And why do some people reach high levels of expertise, while others just remain amateurs? These are some of the questions that cognitive scientists have tried to answer for more than a century. Now our new research on chess p...
20.02.2017 19:02 Hou Yifan among absentees from controversial world title event in Tehran
The world No2, Ju Wenjun, is the No1 seed at a chess competition that several top women have chosen not to attend as a protest. The women’s world chess championship has reached its last 16 in Tehran. The prize fund includes $60,000 for the winner but several of the best chess players are absent in...
17.02.2017 18:04 On Chess : How to earn a chess title
Many readers may be familiar with such titles as Grandmaster (GM) and International Master (IM), but what do they mean? Why are they important? How does an aspiring chess player earn them? Tsar Nicholas II of Russia first awarded the title of Grandmaster to the five finalists of the 1914 St. Petersb...
12.02.2017 18:19 Chess grandmaster plays 48 games at once, blindfolded while riding exercise bike
Timur Gareyev has set a world record for blindfold chess and the 28-year-old US grandmaster says he is ready to take on 55 games simultaneously. The world record for blindfold chess has been broken by Timur Gareyev, a 28-year-old US grandmaster. He played 48 games simultaneously in Las Vegas in Dece...
10.02.2017 18:23 Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments
Two American chess grandmasters won the first major chess events of 2017. Wesley So triumphed in the traditional Dutch tournament in Wijk aan Zee and Hikaru Nakamura prevailed in Gibraltar. Their victories were almost upstaged by the Women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan. She deliberately lost a ...
06.02.2017 18:37 An American Chess Champion
The United States may be on the verge of complete chess supremacy, with not only the best team in the world but quite possibly the next world chess champion. Last September, the United States won the team gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first time that the United Sta...
04.02.2017 18:35 'My main goal is to be chess world champion': Sergey Karjakin
In an exclusive interview with RT, Russian chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin discussed his performance in last weekend’s Wijk aan Zee chess tournament in Holland, his plans of going into real estate, and when he will return to the chessboard. Sergey Karjakin once again obliged the Moscow public - ...
04.02.2017 18:35 Hou Yifan resigns after five moves in protest over her Gibraltar pairings
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open, in which Hikaru Nakamura, the world No6, won for the third year running by defeating Spanish and Chinese rivals in a speed play-off after the trio tied with 8/10, was overhadowed by the controversial action of the women’s world chess champion, Hou Yifan, who resigned ...
03.02.2017 18:47 This chess grandmaster was tired of being paired against women — so she just threw a game
Typical chess games can involve dozens of moves on each side of the board. This week, the world's female chess champion needed only five of them to send a powerful shock wave through the international chess community. The reason: Hou Yifan's moves didn't lead to another victory for the 22-year-old C...
03.02.2017 18:47 Confused chess commentator comes up with hilarious reasons to explain thrown match
Chess can be a confusing game — and not just for those unfamiliar with the board game’s strategies and rules. It turns out even grandmasters can be left wondering what the heck is going on. Such was the case at the Gibraltar Chess Festival on Thursday when the world’s top-ranked female player ...

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