A gamble on Twitch – 19 Nov 2020
Chess.com has secured some exclusive streaming rights for the world championship match 2021 and two Candidates Tournaments. The prize shall be revealed by FIDE at its General Assembly on 6 December. Stefan Löffler analyzes the deal.
Over the board chess is slowly coming back but it is not the same. Spectators, handshakes and mutual scoresheet signing are out, new equipment is in. Stefan Löffler has a list.
Not a cheater – 12 Aug 2020
After her Lichess account was banned, Elisabeth Pähtz was under suspicion for four long days, until she finally revealed that she trusted an aide too much. Conrad Schormann and Stefan Löffler have checked and confirmed her story.
Is there Covid-19 in Austria? – 06 Aug 2020
Breaching the anonymity of an infected player after the recent open in St. Veit was not the only lapse of the Austrian Chess Federation, as their confrontation by Stefan Löffler and Conrad Schormann reveals.
Victory without resistance – 17 Jul 2020
Can chess moves be copyrighted? The Russian promoter Ilya Merenzon repeatedly sued chess24 and other platforms for copyright infringements and failed. Now a Paris court has ruled in favour of Merenzon and his company World Chess, who claim a legal breakthrough. Stefan Löffler examines the background to the case.
A risky sideline – 05 Jun 2020
Dozens of betting companies rediscovered chess in March and online chess in April, when there were hardly other sport events. Most bookmakers have since reduced their chess bets or even dropped them. Match-fixing remains a risk but is hard to get away with, reports Stefan Löffler.
Stealing the show – 26 May 2020
Hikaru Nakamura reigned supreme during the preliminary rounds of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge while Magnus Carlsen barely escaped elimination. The American Grandmaster also angered the world champion and the hosting platform chess24 by allowing their competitor Chess.com to broadcast the event on his popular GMHikaru channel on Twitch. Carlsen complained via Twitter, but the gamer community stands behind Nakamura, ahead of their likely clash in the semifinals from Thursday on, reports Stefan Löffler.
Robot magic is back – 25 May 2020
Chess automatons that move the pieces have been a fascination since the Mechanical Turk of Wolfgang von Kempelen. A recently announced wonder board turned out to be too good to be true, but it has triggered activities and ambition by other producers, developers and platform providers, reports Conrad Schormann.
“A crisis is also an opportunity” – 28 Apr 2020
The world federation has big plans with online chess. The star-studded FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup from 5 May is only the start. General Director Emil Sutovsky told Stefan Löffler about FIDE’s strategy.
The Hunt is On – 24 Apr 2020
As current cases confirm online competitions are rife with cheating. FIDE cooperates with all major platforms to take detection to a new level. Can cheaters be caught via eyetracking? Stefan Löffler reports.