Chess

Tata Steel Chess: Anand ups the ante

At the airport, in the hotel or at home on your couch: with the new ChessBase you always have access to the whole ChessBase world: the new ChessBase …

Winning Starts For Anand, Kramnik, Giri In Tata Steel

Two Tata Steel veterans seized winning starts in the 80th edition of the tournament. <b>Vladimir Kramnik</b> and <b>Viswanathan Anand</b> each won nice games with …

India

Aronian wins the World Cup: CBM 181

A detailed review of our current issue of ChessBase Magazine from Prof. Nagesh Havanur. Among other things this issue includes all games from the …

Isle of Man

Self-Serving Patronage

Over the past few months, I've had to ask myself a lot of tough questions about my chess. Am I past my peak? Is my priority performance or enjoyment? …

Emotions

How To Make Lucky Blunders

<b>For most club players, blunders are a very big problem.</b><p>They can ruin a game or even a whole tournament! Besides, they prevent a chess player from …

Game Development

The Weirdest Things at CES This Year

From a 3D-scanning zombie maker to an underwater scooter, here are some of the strangest products I saw at CES.<p>Among the 4,000-plus exhibitors at the annual CES tech event are some of the strangest, wildest and craziest gadgets that most people would never think of, let alone think were even …

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Chess’s New Best Player Is A Fearless, Swashbuckling Algorithm

Chess is an antique, about 1,500 years old, according to most historians. As a result, its evolution seems essentially complete, a hoary game now …

Artificial Intelligence

Kasparov, The King's Gambit and Opening Theory Before Castling

In my last blog post, I wrote about lost traces of medieval chess opening theory. My conclusion was that there's virtually nothing left of chess …

Carlsen Magnificent On Final Day, Wins World Blitz

It took him four days to find his best form, but on Saturday it was there. <b>Magnus Carlsen</b> won the World Blitz Chess Championship with a round to spare.<p>…

Which is the best game of 2017?

In 2017 many fantastic games were played. We have selected ten of the best. What's your pick for game of the year? Vote for your favourite!

World Wide Web

Karjakin Leads World Blitz Halfway, Carlsen 2 Points Behind

<b>Sergey Karjakin</b> is the sole leader at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Like last year, the defending champion scored 9/11 …

Board Games

What Are Your Chess Goals For 2018? - Chess.com

<b>It is New Year's Eve and millions of people are making their New Year's resolutions</b>.<p>The top two resolutions traditionally have something to do with …

Board Games

Fedoseev, Ju Lead World Rapid After Day 2

After scording two wins and three draws on day two, <b>Vladimir Fedoseev</b> still leads the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. <b>Ju Wenjun</b> …

Saudi Arabia stages chess event two years after game was declared 'forbidden'

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against …

Middle East

Garry Kasparov on how it all started

He has written many books, but this may be his most important. In Deep Thinking Garry Kasparov describes a journey he embarked on, in 1985, that led …

Artificial Intelligence

Why You Should Never Resign

Despite severe criticism for a very high number of draws, the London Chess Classic was an interesting event followed by chess players around the …

The internet sport of finding sexual anatomy in every logo is ruining graphic design

It was only a matter of time before the internet found yet another logo to mock. This week’s victim: the spirited 2018 World Chess Championship emblem by Moscow-based design firm Shuka.<p>Unveiled on Dec. 17, the key graphic features a pair of stylized human figures locked in duel. Internet critics …

Graphic Design

Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer

In my article <b>“Efim Geller, Killer on the Chessboard,”</b> I discussed Geller’s pioneering work with the King’s Indian Defense. (Mikhail Botvinnik said, …

Monte Carlo

How Does AlphaZero Play Chess? - Chess.com

By now you've heard about the new kid on the chess-engine block, <b>AlphaZero, and its crushing match win vs Stockfish, the strongest open-source chess</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Artemiev Scores At Mind Games, 2nd Behind Carlsen In Blitz

<b>GM Vladislav Artemiev</b> jumped to second place in the blitz world rankings after winning 79.2 Elo points at the IMSA Elite Mind Games in China.</b> …

Oregon Man Traveling To Mpls. Busted With 80 Pounds Of Pot

<b>MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)</b> — The Morton County Sheriff’s Office says an Oregon man has been arrested after he attempted to travel to Minneapolis with 80 …

Cannabis

AlphaZero’s ‘alien’ superhuman-level program masters chess in 24 hours with no domain knowledge

AlphaZero vs. Stockfish chess program | Round 1 (credit: Chess.com)<p>Demis Hassabis, the founder and CEO of DeepMind, announced at the Neural …

Artificial Intelligence

The Most Beautiful Chess Book - Chess.com

<b>It's a chess book like no other, a visual tribute to the royal game.</b><p>The book is 208 pages of Fedrigoni paper filled with tension in the eyes of …

Publishing

Caruana Tops London, Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour - Chess.com

<b>Fabiano Caruana</b> has won the <b>London Chess Classic</b> after beating <b>Ian Nepomniachtchi</b> in a playoff. Both players had finished on 6/9. <b>Magnus Carlsen</b>, who …

Nepomniachtchi Clear First In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen

Winning his third game in a row against a struggling world champion, <b>Ian Nepomniachtchi</b> is the sole leader at the <b>London Chess Classic</b> with one round …

🔮✨ AlphaZero; trustworthiness in AI; the future of work; cryptobubbles; shaking dice, Lenin as a mushroom++ #143

<b>DEPT OF THE NEAR FUTURE</b><p>👑 DeepMind’s new AlphaZero can teach itself to become super-human in a variety of different games in a matter of hours. …

Bitcoin

Another Escape Gets Carlsen First Win In London

<b>Magnus Carlsen</b> was again on the verge of losing at the <b>London Chess Classic</b> today, again came back into the game and this time even won, vs. <b>Michael</b> …

Carlsen Escapes Vs Nakamura, Keeps Grand Chess Tour Hopes Alive - Chess.com

<b>Hikaru Nakamura</b> had <b>Magnus Carlsen</b> on the ropes today, but failed to deliver. The only winner in round six of the <b>London Chess Classic</b> was <b>Ian</b> …

AlphaZero: Reactions From Top GMs, Stockfish Author

The news about AlphaZero beating Stockfish 64-36 without a single loss after just four hours of self training has shocked the chess world. Chess.com …

AlphaZero Annihilates World’s Best Chess Bot After Just Four Hours of Practicing

A few months after demonstrating its dominance over the game of Go, DeepMind’s AlphaZero AI has trounced the world’s top-ranked chess engine—and it …

Artificial Intelligence