“I am not used to discussing politics” – 17 Oct 2020
During his frank interview with Daniil Dubov FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich gave a lot of insight in his proactive way of thinking and leading. He explained how the new FIDE management functions and why it needs more sponsors outside of Russia. This is the second and final part of excerpts by Stefan Löffler.
FIDE’s next steps – 14 Oct 2020
In an interview in Russia, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich talked about possible changes in the world championship cycle and competitive chess at large: Players may be restricted to compete in only one national league. Team events may no longer be rated. The world championships for teams and children are under review. Stefan Löffler has excerpted the essentials in two parts. The first one focuses on competitive chess.
“An access tool for online play” – 31 May 2020
Millennium 2000 was not a household name in online chess. Then the Munich-based company made a grand entry by cosponsoring the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the first online chess world class tournament. COO Thomas Karkosch is eager to turn online chess into a haptic game: “Our devices are predestined to become an access tool for online play,” says Karkosch, interviewed by Conrad Schormann.
“Leela offers us a second opinion” – 26 Apr 2020
Matthew Sadler is the leading authority on what chess players can learn from artificial intelligence and neuronal network based programmes. After Leela beat the strongest traditional chess engine Stockfish in the final of the 17th TCEC chess computer super league season, he shared his conclusions with Conrad Schormann. Even though the neural networks now seem in the lead, the clash is far from over and is promising to produce more fresh chess ideas.
“We must not let Corona shrink the chess economy” – 17 Apr 2020
The Magnus Carlsen Invitational starting this Saturday on chess24 will almost certainly be the most watched and widest reported online chess event until now. And it is a most welcome boost to the elite chess world in these hard times. Stefan Löffler spoke with chess24 CEO Sebastian Kuhnert about the motives behind this notable event and what else is brewing in the Play Magnus Group, to which chess24 belongs since the merger a year ago.