The US Women's Chess Championship begins today with this evening's opening ceremony at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.
The board battles, however, start tomorrow, and the tournament room will be home to two long-time antagonists: Zatonsk... | Lees meer
In an interview a few days ago with Jennifer Shahade after the Philadelphia International, IM Sam Shankland indicated that he may be either quitting tournament chess or cutting back on it drastically.
You can see a video of this interview at the... | Lees meer
FIDE has just released its July ratings for women's chess.
If there is a Carlsen on the distaff side of the board, I suppose it would have to be China's Hou Yifan, who is only 16 years old but ranked 3rd among the world's women players.
Hou Yif... | Lees meer
The field for the 2010 U.S. Women's Championship is now set. (To the right of each woman's name is the reason she included among the participants.):
IM Anna Zatonskih: Defending ChampionIM Irina Krush: RatingWGM Camilla Baginskaite: RatingWGM S... | Lees meer
Here's a new video that teaches Arimaa. It features World Arimaa Champion Fritz Juhnke.
Arimaa is a two-player abstract strategy game that can be played with a standard chess set. It has a growing community of players and a dedicated group ... | Lees meer
My brother sent me this video game, Empire: Total War, which is produced by some British developer, whose name escapes me for the moment.
It's actually very chess-like, so that attracted me. In fact, it is somewhat like chess with no turns and ... | Lees meer
Alan Turing, one of the fathers of the modern computer and one of the great geniuses of the 20th Century, was also a long-distance runner of some repute. He was also a mediocre chess player. But he combined running and chess in a creation usu... | Lees meer
Fresh from his victory in Group A at the Copper State International, Timur Gareyev won the Las Vegas National Open by beating Varuzhan Akobian in the final round. Akobian had a perfect score of 5/5 going into this game and only needed a draw to ... | Lees meer
GM Alex Lenderman got all three of his grandmaster norms within a span of two months during the spring/summer of 2009.
Upon achieving a norm, he does a dance. Here's the one he performed after the 2009 Copper State International. Next stop: ... | Lees meer
I consider myself a nonplaying chess fan.
I do play chess, but so poorly that I don't think it counts. When I play, it's for love of the game, and more importantly I think, to make me a better fan.
Unfortunately, the chess-fan subculture u... | Lees meer