Author: Leon Watson


How 4 plucky Englishmen held mighty AlphaZero to draw

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news

We’ve all been reading about the AlphaZero, the incredible superior being created by Google’s DeepMind to rule the chess world. Well, it turns out the Artificially Intelligent behemoth of Biblical-proportions is human after all – or at least in a figurative sense. AlphaZero may have destroyed Stockfish and crushed every computer on the planet. But, as …

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Erick Zhao: The 10-year-old Chessable user who bagged World Cadets silver

By Leon Watson / On / In Case studies, Chess improvement

When we heard about Erick Zhao we were amazed. Erick, aged 10, is a talented kid who has worked extremely hard. And at the 2018 World Cadets Chess Championship in Santiago that hard work really paid off. Erick finished with the silver medal – just missing out on gold – after racking up a hugely-impressive score in …

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Magnus Carlsen crushes Fabiano Caruana to win World Chess Championship in tie-breaks

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Uncategorised, World Chess Championship

It has been the longest staredown in history – 12 long drawn-out games. But after 50 nerve-shredding hours of play, one black-eye, and an embarrassing data leak, the world chess champion has been crowned in London. Norway’s rock star of chess Magnus Carlsen held onto his title in commanding style on Wednesday as he crushed …

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World Chess Championship 2018: A quick round-by-round summary

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Uncategorised, World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship 2018 has been an enormous amount to take in – however much of a superfan you are. By our (rough) calculations, there have been 637 moves and around 48 hours of chess in total. Not to mention novelties, shocks, surprises and the odd celebrity. So to make it easier to get a handle …

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Squeaky-bum time as World Chess Championship goes to tie-breaks: Our Game 12 report

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Uncategorised, World Chess Championship

Another draw. The final scheduled game, Game 12, of the 2018 World Chess Championship ended in a draw. That’s an incredible TWELVE in a row. Perhaps this is what we expected, with Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana separated by just three rating points going into the match. But while for some today’s game had an air of …

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What happens now? After Carlsen-Caruana Game 12 ends in a draw, here’s the tie-break rules

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana have draw all 12 of their classical World Chess Championship games – and now the match goes to tie-breaks. The two have been battling away in London for three weeks now and are all-square. We are now entering overtime. The match has been one of the most fiercely contested in …

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Sergey Karjakin: Magnus needs to invent something new in chess to be the strongest again

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

Sergey Karjakin, the former World Chess Championship challenger, has said Magnus Carlsen is weaker now than he was at the last title match and needs to reinvent himself to be the strongest again. Speaking to Chessable during Game 11 of Carlsen’s match against Fabiano Caruana, Karjakin said: Carlsen was stronger when I played him in …

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Fabiano Caruana net worth: How rich is the US chess superstar?

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana

Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana is the greatest US chess player since Bobby Fischer. Of that, there can now be no doubt. But how much is Fabiano Caruana net worth? American’s new chess superstar was seriously in the money after his world title match in London against current king of chess Magnus Carlsen – even though he didn’t win. …

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For Magnus, the time for talking is clearly over: Our Game 9 report

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

A head injury sustained playing football wasn’t enough to put world chess champion Magnus Carlsen off in Game 9 as London’s big title match was left teetering on a knife-edge. Norway’s 27-year-old rock star of chess tersely denied he was bothered by the very obvious black-eye as the latest round of his three-week-long contest with …

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