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10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December

Dear Chess Families, It’s often far too easy to get caught up in everyday stress and forget about the great escape that is the chessboard and the wonderful friendships the chess community fosters. During these unprecedented times, I know that it is especially important that our scholastic chess community members have access to a structuredContinue reading “10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December”

Reuters Calculations vs Kornacki’s

In 2000, Kornacki was more accurate than Reuter. [Event “WCCF”][Site “email”][Date “2000”][Round “?”][White “Reuter, Alfred J”][Black “Kornacki, Alexander “][Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 d6 6.Nc3 Qf6 7.Be3 Qxd4 8.Bxd4Be6 9.Bd3 Ne7 10.Nb5 Kd7 11.Bc3 a6 12.Nd4 Nc6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.O-O e5 15.f4 Re816.Rad1 Kc8 17.g3 Be7 18.fxe5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5Continue reading “Reuters Calculations vs Kornacki’s”

Chess Stimulus Plan

If your family is like mine, you are also dealing with some new challenges this school year. I want to do my part to make sure having your children study chess is as easy and affordable as possible. To do this, I am announcing my 2020 Chess Stimulus Plan. There are two main parts toContinue reading “Chess Stimulus Plan”

Mikael Máni’s chess-world inspirations | Jazz Journal

Chess might not on the surface seem a natural bedfellow for jazz but Icelandic guitarist Mikael Máni found inspiration for Bobby, the new album by his trio, in the biography of grand chess master Bobby Fischer. — Read on jazzjournal.co.uk/2019/11/15/mikael-manis-chess-world-inspirations/

Carlsen checks out of Norway’s chess federation

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships. — Read on http://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/11/08/carlsen-checks-out-of-norways-chess-federation/

Gata Kamsky: “I wonder if my life is repeating itself.” – Perlen vom Bodensee – das Schachmagazin

As a twelve-year-old he defeated the former World Championship Candidate Mark Taimanov. That was in 1986, the onslaught of the prodigy from southwestern Siberia on the chess throne had begun. Ten years later he faced Anatoly Karpov in a match over 20 games. At stake was nothing less than the world title. Kamsky lost –Continue reading “Gata Kamsky: “I wonder if my life is repeating itself.” – Perlen vom Bodensee – das Schachmagazin”

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead

How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27958462/how-cardinals-kyler-murray-uses-chess-stay-least-one-step-ahead?platform=amp Years before Murray was a Texas high school football and baseball legend, before he was a Heisman winner at Oklahoma, before he was a first-round pick of the Oakland A’s and the No. 1 pick in theContinue reading “How the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray uses chess to stay (at least) one step ahead”

Trever Noah set to produce movie about formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy – theGrio

Trever Noah set to produce movie about formerly homeless, 8 year-old immigrant chess prodigy – theGrio — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/thegrio.com/2019/11/03/trever-noah-set-to-produce-movie-about-formerly-homeless-8-year-old-immigrant-chess-prodigy/amp/ “The brilliant Nigerian child won the NY State Chess Championship while living in a homeless shelter with his family as they sought religious asylum!”

Wesley So is the first Fischer Random World Champion

America’s third-ranked player wins the first official world championship for this variant over classical world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. — Read on http://www.fide.com/

Wesley So inflicts 3rd loss in a row on Carlsen | chess24.com

Magnus losing two games in a row to the same opponent has happened as recently as the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis (in the tiebreaks against Ding Liren), but losing three in a row may be unique. It wasn’t just the losses but the way it happened, with Wesley completely dominant. — Read on chess24.com/en/read/news/wesley-so-inflicts-3rd-loss-in-a-row-on-magnus-carlsen