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September 11, 2017 40

GRANDMASTER CLAIMS HE WAS CALLED 'A GYPSY' AT WORLD CUP

By Leon Watson 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 4:17PM The World Cup of chess has been engulfed in a race row after a Grandmaster claimed he was told he couldn't wear shorts because he "looked like a gypsy". Anton Kovalyov, of Canada, stormed out of the $1.6 million event minutes before his third round match yesterday. It followed a blazing row with one of the event's main organisers. Kovalyov, 25, had turned up wearing the same stripey shorts he wore in the previous round when he knocked out India's former world champion Vishy Anand. But 15 minutes before the start of play, officials collared Kovalyov and informed him they did not approve of his attire. Kovalyov was accused of breaking the dress code… Read More...
Jun 20, 2017 177

"HOW CHESS WENT GLOBAL"

By Frank Jacobs England is the home of football, and baseball is a quintessentially American sport. But no nation can claim chess as its own. It is a truly global game. Yet as this map shows, it too has a history, and a geography. The origins of chess can be traced all the way back to 6th-century India. From there it spread around the world, mutating along the way. But its journey was… Read More...
Jun 20, 2017 154

"CHESS APP INADVERTENTLY BROKE MATH LIMITS OF APPLE DEVICES"

By Keith Collins Two billion, one hundred forty-seven million, four hundred eighty-three thousand, six hundred forty-seven, or 2^31-1. That number meant good news and bad news last weekend for the popular iOS app made by Chess.com. The good news was that it was the number of games users had played on its platform, more than 2.14 billion. The bad news was that the app stopped working for anyone… Read More...
Apr 25, 2017 410

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.… Read More...
Jan 21, 2017 837

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 1113

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...