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October 30, 2014 4

CHESS CLUB STUDENTS NEED HELP GETTING TO D.C.

CALIFORNIA BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Ten students from Bessie Owens Intermediate Gate Magnet School have been invited to participate in the Invitational Tournament at the world renowned Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The Cosmos Club is a private social club, founded by men of science and literature over 100 years ago. "Members include presidents and Nobel Prize winners," said teacher Diana Vickers. Eugene Brown, founder of Big Chair Chess Club recently came to the school and spoke to the kids about the importance of playing chess as it relates to making positive life decisions. Brown is an ex-convict whose life was changed by the game. Recently a movie was made about his life, called "Life of a… Read More...
Oct 27, 2014 106

ALEKHINE'S DEATH - AN UNRESOLVED MYSTERY?

CHESSBASE Alekhine was in a hotel in Estoril, Portugal. He was found dead in his room on the morning of March 24. The date of his death is usually given as March 25th, and this may be a result of assuming he had died on the previous evening. The date on his grave notes March 25 (see below). The cause of death given was either by his choking on a piece of meat or by a heart attack, though the… Read More...
Oct 26, 2014 89

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WILL TURN CHESS GEEKS INTO HEROES

UNITED STATES Geeks are not generally thought of as heroes, either in real life or in movies. But The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the part of the mathematician Alan Turing, might change all that. In 1936, at the age of just 24, Turing published a paper, On Computable Numbers, that introduced the algorithm – the concept at the heart of all computer programs. The Imitation… Read More...
Oct 25, 2014 79

IRAN HANGS WOMAN FOR KILLING ALLEGED RAPIST

IRAN Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn for premeditated murder, the official IRNA news agency reported. It quoted a statement issued by the Tehran Prosecutor Office Saturday that rejected the… Read More...
Oct 25, 2014 86

HOW A COMPUTER ERROR HELPED DEEP BLUE BEAT KASPAROV

UNITED STATES Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM's competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. After the loss Kasparov questioned whether… Read More...
Oct 24, 2014 92

BLURRING THE BOUNDRIES BETWEEN CHESS AND POKER

UNITED STATES Jennifer Shahade criss-crosses the globe changing hats as a professional poker player and master chess player. Sometimes she dons both, like at the recent UKIPT event on the Isle of Man where PokerStars hosted an international chess tournament and Shahade participated in an exhibition playing six chess/poker matches simultaneously – where she won five of the six matches. Shahade is… Read More...