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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Watching the World Championship (and Stockfish), by GM ALEX COLOVIC

By Alex Colovic / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit the recently finished match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana at The College, in London’s Holborn armed with Stockfish. Watching the games where they take place is a unique experience. >> 13 famous chess games from world chess champions & what you can learn This was even …

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13 famous chess games from world chess champions & what you can learn

By Jabe Esguerra / On / In World Chess Championship

Studying famous chess games can raise your overall understanding and feel for the game. Every game is a chance to learn a bit about everything: from tactics and strategy, positional play, opening theory, to endgame technique. You get to see the interplay between different elements in chess (often studied in isolation) and how the master uses them …

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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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