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April 25, 2017 155

CAPABLANCA VARIATIONS DOCUMENTARY

April 21, 2017 Documentary to Follow Chess Players to Cuba A new documentary film by director Karney Hatch (“Overdrawn!”, “Plant This Movie”) is currently in pre-production. The film will focus on a group of chess players from Texas Tech University, including WCM Claudia Munoz, as they travel to Cuba for a friendly tournament in Cayo Coca and then the Capablanca Memorial Tournament in Matanzas. The goal of the film is to not only capture the excitement of chess culture in Cuba and the stories of Munoz and the other players on her team, but also to use chess as a window into life in Cuba in 2017. To that end, Hatch was able to find a Cuban filmmaker, David Moreno, to assist with the… Read More...
Jan 20, 2017 567

KNIGHT RAIDERS HEADED TO CHESS FINAL FOUR

January 17, 2017 By: Amanda Castro-Crist The Knight Raiders, Texas Tech University’s award-winning chess team, will head to the final four of college chess after placing fourth at the 2016 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship in New Orleans in December. It’s the fourth consecutive year and seventh time overall Texas Tech has qualified for the final four. “We are extremely proud and… Read More...
Oct 02, 2016 830

LEARNING CHESS AT 40

Tom Vanderbilt My 4-year-old daughter and I were deep in a game of checkers one day about three years ago when her eye drifted to a nearby table. There, a black-and-white board bristled with far more interesting figures, like horses and castles. "What's that?" she asked. "Chess," I replied. "Can we play?" she asked. I nodded absently. There was just one problem: I didn't know how. I dimly… Read More...
Oct 02, 2016 631

"BLIND AMBITION DRIVES CHESS GRANDMASTER"

By Karl Torp Midwest City, Oklahoma Some of the best young chess players in Oklahoma got to see a world class player up close and got to help him practice for his world record attempt. Timur Gareyev is a chess Grandmaster and is friends with Oklahoma State Chess Champion Advait Patel. Earlier this month, Timur along with several members of the Challengers Chess Club put on a blindfold chess… Read More...
Oct 02, 2016 599

CHESS SUCCESS: FROM INTELLIGENCE OR RELENTLESS PRACTICE?

By Erik Lief Chess, the eminently cerebral game, is even thought provoking in ways unrelated to the movement of pieces on the board. One, for instance, pertains to the issue of proficiency, eventually leading to the question: What makes a chess player good, or great, or even a grandmaster? Taking that a step further: Can you become a talented or great player simply by practicing relentlessly?… Read More...
Aug 17, 2016 711

GEL-BASED TOUCHPAD LETS YOU PLAY CHESS ON YOUR ARM

By SHALINI SAXENA Touchscreens have transformed the way we interact with electronics, enabling the development of elegant handheld devices. But currently, their screens are limited to a fixed size. As flexible and wearable electronics are in development, the touchscreens we'll need in the future will have to be both flexible and biocompatible. In an investigation recently published in Science,… Read More...