11/7/2013 – In our recent guide to the world championship, there was one recommendation that was saved for last: The Ultimate World Championship Setup. Although we gave our heartfelt recommendations for the best experience possible, there is one way to make it even better: two screens. See why it is the best, and why you do not need two monitors in this step-by-step How-To guide.
11/6/2013 – Csaba Balogh earned his IM title in 2002 and in 2004 he obtained his grandmaster title. In 2006 he finished 2nd in the Hungarian Chess Championship. Now Csaba Balogh has added a brand new title to his extensive curriculum: the famous Magistral Casino Round Robin tournament, held in Barcelona between 25 – 31 October. The PR manager of the event Ana Matnadze interviews him.
11/6/2013 – ... that shaped chess history. The Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Cups and World Chess Championships are usually won with good defense. Which defense is going to decide the upcoming world championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, which starts on Saturday in Chennai, India? Huffington Post columnist GM Lubomir Kavalek speculates.
11/6/2013 – Diwali, a "festival of lights", is a five-day national Hindu holiday that is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. It is a time of reflection and good wishes – of which plenty are directed at sporting hero and five times World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. We have collected messages directed at Anand by his colleagues, in English and in Hindi.
11/5/2013 – In just a few days the world championship Vishy Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen will start, heralded by many as one of the most dramatic and awaited matches in a very long time. In today's age, the question of how to watch an event such as this, is less a question of how it's possible, and more an issue of what the best recommendations are. Here is a guide so you don't miss a thing.
11/5/2013 – The enigmatic John Healy was featured recently on our website as having one of the most interesting stories, rehabilitating from alcoholism and a life of thuggery and brutality to finding redemption and passion in the game of chess. But what kind of player was he exactly? Did his style live up to his reputation? We let you decide that by yourself in this series of brutal attacks.
11/4/2013 – The Norwegian television network, VG TV, just posted a lovely documentary called Magnus Carlsen's Last Big Title. It is a very nice work, with many fascinating images, footage, and testimonies by Magnus Carlsen and those close to him, as he closes in on the World Championship title. We bring you choice excerpts and moments, as well as the full video, which we encourage you to watch.
11/4/2013 – "It is hard to recall any other match in recent decades where the defending champion has begun with his back so firmly pressed to the wall," says Nigel Short, the 1993 World Championship Challenger. Fourteenth World Champion Vladimir Kramnik thinks Anand may be scared of Carlsen, while Indian GMs Krishnan Sasikiran and Koneru Humpy are more optimistic. Press reports on the match.
11/4/2013 – In a previous article earlier this week Christian Hesse showed us one of the most beautiful, profound, quiet moves in all of chess composition history. In conclusion he asked: "Has anything as fantastic as Mitrofanov’s deflection ever been successfully employed in over-the-board chess, at least in rudimentary fashion?" It has, as Prof. Hesse shows, in two tournament games. Enjoy.
11/3/2013 – As we recently reported, Indian entrepreneur and chess player Suneet Mausil ran an event that brought kids with different backgrounds and privileges to cooperate in a simultaneous match against him. In a second follow-up event, staged amongst roaring dinosaurs in a theme park, Suneet introduced a new element: teach kid on the spot to play chess, and then let them cooperate in three-player groups. Again: inspirational and certainly worth emulating.
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