My Great Idea
Fixing Tactics Training – 15 Mar 2023
When you play in a competition, nobody tells you if there is a tactical shot on your board. My solution to train tactical alertness is Puzzle Inception. Here is how it works.
Masks impede strong players – 24 Dec 2022
David Smerdon’s data-rich study confirms a long-held suspicion and has some surprises in the details.
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Is chess finally safe for women? – 25 Nov 2022
Recently reported harassment cases are less troubling than those in a German newspaper article that was ignored.
Out of Russia – 10 Nov 2022
More than half of Russia’s top chess players have left their country.
Trust was yesterday – 01 Nov 2022
FIDE’s Fair Play Commission is preparing to train anti-cheating officials and to implement a screening system for ongoing games.
Big AI impact on Go play – 22 Mar 2023
An analysis of games by professional go players, published in PNAS, shows that the appearance of DeepMind’s AlphaGo in 2016 led to novel strategies, accelerated innovation and generally improved decision-making in the game of go.
WorldQuant sponsors online chess – 21 Mar 2023
The Connecticut-based hedge fund WorldQuant becomes partner of the Champions Chess Tour and the Chess.com world championship broadcast to promote financial education and its own World Quant Championship.
Nakamura promotes chess variants – 21 Mar 2023
Streamer king and live rating nr 5 Hikaru Nakamura together with Misfits Gaming announced the Decathlon series of 10 online events featuring different chess variants, including King of the Hill, Crazyhouse and a quiz, with altogether $46,500 in prizes, starting on 27 March with Chess960.
Crédit Suisse collapse doesn’t hit chess – 21 Mar 2023
The meltdown and takeover of Crédit Suisse, Switzerland’s biggest chess sponsor in the 1980s and 1990s, will not hit chess as its Accentus Foundation that invests in youth and school chess projects is told that they can keep going.
Firouzja returns to board in Stavanger – 15 Mar 2023
The Norway Chess 2023 lineup has been announced with then former world champion Magnus Carlsen, first timers Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Gukesh as well as, after a long classical chess break, Alireza Firouzja. The event takes place in Stavanger from 29 May to 9 June.