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February 11, 2016 23

WHEN COMPUTERS STARTED BEATING CHESS CHAMPIONS

UNITED STATES There was a time, not long ago, when computers—mere assemblages of silicon and wire and plastic that can fly planes, drive cars, translate languages, and keep failing hearts beating—could really, truly still surprise us. One such moment came on February 10, 1996, at a convention center in Philadelphia. Two chess players met for the first of six tournament matches. Garry Kasparov, the Soviet grandmaster, was the World Chess champion, famous for his aggressive and uncompromising style of play. Deep Blue was a 6-foot-5-inch, 2,800-pound supercomputer designed by a team of IBM scientists. “There was no way that this tin box was going to defeat a reigning world champion,” says… Read More...
Feb 08, 2016 159

FIDE SUSPENDS ASEAN CONFEDERATION

ASIA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chess Confederation has been temporarily suspended by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) after the body was found to have imposed “unlawful sanctions” on the Singapore Chess Federation (SCF). ASEAN Chess acted on a complaint from the National Chess Federation of the Philippines regarding the conduct of SCF official Tony Tan Teck Leng at the… Read More...
Feb 04, 2016 115

STORY OF NONA GAPRINDASHVII, INSPIRATION IN GEORGIAN CHESS

UNITED STATES (MICHAEL DEFILIPPO | WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME) Georgia has always held a special place in the chess world. Its women have been especially strong, having once held the Women’s World Chess Champion title for just under 30 consecutive years. The first pioneer and a phenomenal success of women’s chess in Georgia was Nona Gaprindashvili, who in 1962 became the Women’s World Chess… Read More...
Feb 01, 2016 125

DO YOU PLAY CHESS IN FACEBOOK MESSENGER?

UNITED STATES Did you know that there is a chess game built into Facebook Messenger that you can use to play against your friends? I sure didn’t, but it seems that anyone can have a go by typing “@fbchess play” (without the quotations) into a message to initiate a game with your buddy. Unfortunately though, Facebook’s chess game is not a touchscreen implementation that you are probably used to if… Read More...
Jan 29, 2016 99

STRANGE OBJECT FOUND IN CHESS PARK

UNITED STATES (Deland, Florida) Police officers in DeLand found a strange object resembling a cat-shaped mummy in Chess Park in Downtown DeLand on the evening of Jan. 26. DeLand Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes said there was no incident report immediately available. Few details about the object or its discovery are currently available, but the department has recently been sending… Read More...
Jan 27, 2016 102

SHOCKING START FOR ANAND IN GIBRALTAR CHESS

GIBRALTAR Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand made a disappointing start to his campaign at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in Gibraltar after he was held to a draw by International Master Szidonia Lazarne Vajda of Hungary in the opening round of the masters section. Playing in a Swiss open for the first time in 23 years, Anand failed to get into the groove and the Hungarian lady… Read More...