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30.09.2016 19:28 Chess game lengths and outcomes, data analysis
Exploring a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century, I wanted to look at how chess has changed over time. Nobility and scholars alike have played chess for over 1500 years, and chess has changed considerably since its inception in the 6th century AD. Since I only have reliable data on chess games from 1850-2014, I’ll start this analysis at 1850. Chess has been revolutionized several times since 1850. 1851 marked the first international chess tournament in London, leaving the German Adolf Anderssen as the official best chess player in Europe at the time. The 20th century saw several breakthroughs in chess theory as chess players began to treat chess as a science more than a pastime. With the advent of computers in the mid-1900s, chess players started analyzing games and ...
29.09.2016 19:26 Inside Battle of Issus, A $1.65-Million Chess Set That Took 10 Years to Make
Attention chess lovers and history buffs, there’s now a chess set at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans on sale for $1.65 million. Named Battle of Issus after the second battle Alexander the Great fought against the Persian army (and first clash with Darius III) on November 5, 333 BCE , this impressive, late 20th-century chess set (25 1/2″ wide x 25 1/2″ deep x 10″ high) is considered by Bill Rau, Owner and CEO of M.S. Rau Antiques to be “an exceptional work of art you won’t find anywhere else in the world.” As expected, like many expensive chess sets out there, a large number of precious stones can be found in this masterpiece. In addition to the pink rhodonite and green malachite that comprise the surface of the board and the bases of all the pieces, there are approximately 4 kilograms of 14K gold, 2.3 kilograms of 24K gold, 5 kilograms of ...
25.09.2016 22:48 d-Pawn Specials
Bg5 action from two ChessPublishing columnists!
25.09.2016 19:03 Georgia's Baadur Jobava stuns the big names to strike Chess Olympiad gold
The coveted board one individual gold medal in the 170-nation Chess Olympiad at Baku went to a surprise outsider. In an online poll just before play began the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, the US No1, Fabiano Caruana, and France’s world No2, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave were the popular choices. Not a single vote went to Georgia’s Baadur Jobava, who in the event had both the best rating performance of 2926 and the best percentage result with 8/10. In hindsight it was less of a shock, for the 32-year-old had already won Chess Olympiad gold in 2004 and is well known as a momentum player who is formidable on a winning streak, though his career also shows some losing runs. Cuba’s Leinier Domínguez Pérez took silver and Caruana bronze. Carlsen, with too many draws, was sixth and Vachier-Lagrave eighth. How did ...
24.09.2016 13:02 Open Sicilians
Baku: the Poisoned Pawn and other Najdorfs
22.09.2016 23:06 King Pawn
An Olympiad special
19.09.2016 19:01 US Chess Team Wins Olympic Gold in Baku
The United States bested 170 teams and won the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the closing ceremony last Tuesday, they received the gold medals and the traditional Azerbaijani hats - the papaqs. Sam Shankland raised the Hamilton-Russell trophy that travels with every winning team until the next chess olympiad. For the next two years, it will be displayed at the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, Missouri. The last time the United States won was 40 years ago at the 1976 Chess Olympiad in Haifa. At that time, the gold medals hung on one single game that was out of our hands and lasted 14 hours and 111 moves. It ended in our favor. The last round in Baku was even more of a nail-biter and the gold depended on a single move. Only when an Estonian player took a wrong turn and lost to his German opponent could ...
18.09.2016 23:34 French Defence
The Steinitz Classical has become a leading battleground
17.09.2016 18:43 United States capture Chess Olympiad gold in controversial circumstances
The all-star United States team, fielding three of the world’s top 10 chess players, were the favourites at the 170-nation Chess Olympiad in Baku. They duly captured the gold medals and the Hamilton-Russell Cup but it was a close call which almost ended in disaster and controversy. Both the US and Ukraine scored 20/22 match points, with Russia third on 19. Formerly game points counted first, with match points splitting ties. So when match points were given preference the natural tiebreak should have been game points or the individual match between the tied teams. Instead there was a complicated formula counting the performances of opponents. Captains were using spreadsheets to work it out and it boiled down to one of the last games to finish between a German and an Estonian. They were in an ending which should ...
17.09.2016 16:30 Queen's Gambit, Slav
Critical ideas in the Semi-Slav Anti-Moscow Gambit
16.09.2016 18:53 US Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad With Help of Imported Talent
It has been nearly 80 years since the United States could boast that it had the best chess team in the world, but the group it put together this year — with the help of a wealthy benefactor and a bit of international intrigue — can now make that claim. The Americans capped their rise to the top ...
16.09.2016 15:43 Daring Defences
Developments in the English Defence, Benko and Budapest
15.09.2016 16:27 King's Indian
Lot of good fighting King's Indians!
14.09.2016 19:05 Truth, beauty and annihilation: my quest for chess mastery
I was probably the most average chess player in the world. But there came a point where being average was no longer enough. I had become good enough to know how bad I was. I was attached to two chess clubs in south-west London, Surbiton and Kingston, and was mixing with players who were very good, w...
13.09.2016 19:16 Chess gets VR makeover as organizers tap smartphone generation
Fans tuning in to the 2016 World Chess Championship from home may well have the best seats in the house, with the tournament set to be broadcast live in 360-degree Virtual Reality (VR) - a first in any sport, organizers say. Norway's defending chess champion Magnus Carlsen will battle Russian challe...
10.09.2016 19:07 Chess tournament games and Elo ratings, data analysis
Chess is by far one of my favorite games. Ever since Seth Kadish shared one of his visualizations of square utilization by chess masters, I’ve been wanting to follow up to see what else we can visualize about chess. A few months ago, Daniel Freeman generously opened his chess data set to me to ana...
10.09.2016 19:05 Adams and Short lead England to superb chess Olympiad win over China
England scored their finest win for many years on Friday at the 170-nation chess Olympiad in Baku, when they demolished China, the No3 seeds and reigning Olympiad champions, 3-1. The former world title contenders and now veterans Michael Adams, 44, and Nigel Short, 51, made the winning points, Adams...
08.09.2016 13:49 English, Flank
IM David Cummings examines Reversed Dragon plans [A29]
06.09.2016 19:42 England make strong start in effort to improve poor Chess Olympiad record
The 176-nation Chess Olympiad has just begun in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Russia, the United States and China are the favourites while England will hope to change a decade of under-performance. England beat the International Braille team for blind players 4-0 in round one. The hosts have organised a l...
03.09.2016 00:13 Anti-Sicilians
Topical encounters in the Moscow Variation
02.09.2016 18:51 Youngsters peak earlier with computer aid in top nations’ chess prodigy battle
Powerful, speedy, accurate, freely available and moderately priced chess computer programs, with ratings estimated at 3200-3500, far above the human world champion’s 2882 peak, provide high-level training for any ambitious chess player. They have also significantly lowered the age at which young t...
02.09.2016 17:58 Dragon Sicilians
'NegiRefutes' on the Yugoslav Attack!
29.08.2016 13:47 Nimzo, Benoni
New plans in the Nimzo-Indian
21.08.2016 18:31 To each his own Olympics
You may be thrilled by the feats of Katie Ledecky, mesmerized by the grace of the women gymnasts, startled by Rio spectators mocking U.S. soccer star Hope Solo with chants of “Zika! Zika!” (the first recorded instance, noted one wit, of a stadium rocking to the invocation of a virus). Allow me, ...
19.08.2016 19:57 Greatest Chess Triumph of Wesley So
“I am living a dream,” exclaimed Wesley So after winning the 2016 Sinquefield Cup, the strongest chess tournament of his life and one of this year’s best. With this victory he took the lead in the Grand Chess Tour, a series of four Grand Prix tournaments. Born in the Philippines, where his tal...
18.08.2016 18:35 2016 Sinquefield Chess Cup ends with U.S. winner, Grandmaster Wesley So
The third leg of the Grand Chess Tour, the 2016 Sinquefield Cup, took place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from Aug. 4-16. With the first edition taking place just four years ago, the Sinquefield Cup has expanded from four players to include 10 of the world’s best. Furtherm...
13.08.2016 18:28 New York to host Magnus Carlsen's world title match with Sergey Karjakin
The Magnus Carlsen v Sergey Karjakin world chess championship match has been confirmed for New York starting on 11 November and ending months of speculation with rumours that the 12-game series would be switched to Moscow. The global body Fide’s commercial partners AGON have announced that the €...
12.08.2016 18:54 World Chess Championship to be held in New York, putting an end to months of speculation
Months of speculation over where the final of the World Chess Championship will be held have been put to bed after a venue was announced in New York. Three months before the start of the tournament Agon, the firm which owns commercial rights to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle, revealed a deal has ...
09.08.2016 19:13 Final of world chess championship to take place in New York
After months of delay and much scepticism in some quarters that it would ever happen, the company that holds the marketing rights to the world chess championship will announce on Tuesday that the next title match – between the Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and the Russian challenge...
09.08.2016 19:13 Historic Site Selected for the World Chess Championship Match
Agon, the company that owns the commercial rights to organize the World Chess Championship, today announced that the title match this November between the reigning chess champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and the challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, will be held in lower Manhattan in the historic...
06.08.2016 18:39 Michael Adams equals record score while winning British chess championship
Michael Adams scythed through the opposition at Bournemouth this week to win the British chess championship with 10/11, a record-equalling score for the 103 years of the competition. The Cornishman, 44, won his last six games to match the landmark total set by his friend Julian Hodgson against a muc...
30.07.2016 18:37 England Chess No1, Michael Adams, battles for fifth British championship title
Michael Adams, the England No1, is making a rare appearance in the annual British chess championship, which reaches its half-way mark at Bournemouth on Saturday. Adams, 44, has competed in only six previous title contests but his record is highly impressive. He has won four times and one of his two ...
26.07.2016 19:43 Carlsen Wins Bilbao Chess Masters
Txapeldun, a traditional Basque beret honoring brave champions, was bestowed on Magnus Carlsen on Saturday. The world chess champion won the 2016 Bilbao Masters with a dominant performance. He clinched the chess event twice before after sharing first place and triumphing in the playoff - in 2011 aga...
22.07.2016 20:41 Magnus Carlsen continues to lead march of the 1990 ‘golden generation’
The class of 1990, the most prolific year ever for the birth of top chess talent, has gone into overdrive this week. Players born in 1990 have already won the elite grandmaster tournaments at Dortmund, Germany, and Danzhou, China, while on Saturday afternoon the best of them all, the world chess cha...
21.07.2016 20:15 With breakthrough chess win, Nakamura ends the Carlsen jinx
It may not be 100 percent politically correct these days, but one of my old chess books talked about certain players having “hung an Indian sign on” — established an overwhelming dominance over — a rival. Morphy, in his short career, often simply outclassed the competition, including a 12-3 ...
13.07.2016 20:33 England’s over-50s win bronze at World Senior Chess Championship
England’s over-50s team have won bronze medals at the World Senior Chess Championship for the second consecutive year, missing gold and silver by the narrowest of margins. Fielding an all-grandmaster five-man squad headed by the former elite GMs John Nunn and Jonathan Speelman supported by Mark He...
07.07.2016 21:34 If machines can beat us at games, does it make them more intelligent than us?
The year 1997 saw the ultimate man versus machine tournament, with chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov losing to a machine called Deep Blue. Earlier this year, in what was hailed as another breakthrough in artificial intelligence (AI) research, Google’s AlphaGo defeated a professional Go player. Go i...
04.07.2016 20:15 Carlsen Leads and Quits Grand Chess Tour
Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour after the speed events in Paris and the Belgian town of Leuven. But the world chess champion will not be around for the next two established classical events in Saint Louis and London. He is leaving the competition, mainly to prepare for the world chess cham...
02.07.2016 21:07 World champion Magnus Carlsen shines across the board at speed chess
Magnus Carlsen faces his next big test at the Bilbao elite chess tournament starting 13 July, where his rivals include the Norwegian’s world title opponent, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin. Meanwhile the 25-year-old, whose play has reached new heights since he gave up his side career in modelling, has ...
27.06.2016 19:34 In Kopec’s games, a lesson from the (international) chess master
Great players don’t always make great teachers. Babe Ruth couldn’t get hired as a manager. Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky were nowhere near as successful building or coaching a team as they were playing on one. For chess it’s a little murkier. Tarrasch, Nimzovich and Reti were not only world...

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