A trip to Saudi Arabia

A trip to Saudi Arabia

Wang wins rapid What are you thinking of first when hearing “Saudi Arabia”? Each of you probably has a different but related answer. I think that very few of you associate it with what I will describe. My experience there came as a surprise to me and I felt like I could share. To start […]

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen’s Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess that White begins. It all started on Tuesday evening with a slightly mysterious tweet and Facebook post […]

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

The Chess.com Computer Chess champion Stockfish defended its sixth straight title last weekend as it bested the machine-learning engine Lc0 in a heads-up match that went the distance to the maximum number of games. Stockfish took the CCC 6: Winter Classic championship belt after a solid 101.5/200 showing in the final, which was played at a time […]

In Other News: Chess Growing Across the Globe

In Other News: Chess Growing Across the Globe

While chess fans worldwide may have had their eyes glued to PRO Chess League action, the World Team Championship or Prague, here are some stories you may have missed this past month: Chess Therapy For Panic Disorders A recent study from the Asian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that chess therapy may help individuals with panic disorders. While […]

PRO Chess League Playoffs Take Off For Atlantic, Pacific Divisions

PRO Chess League Playoffs Take Off For Atlantic, Pacific Divisions

It’s playoff time for the PRO Chess League, and the teams from the Atlantic and Pacific Division aim to get one step closer to the live esports final in San Francisco. Play starts Tuesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT, 8:30 p.m. GMT). Preview by IM Greg Shahade. After 10 weeks of exciting battles, […]

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