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The 1907 World Chess Championship, Memphis TN

Did you know that in 1907 the World Chess Championship was held in Memphis, TN? The contenders for the title were Dr. Emmanuel Lasker the reigning World Chess Champion and the contender was Frank Marshall. Here you will find a review of the event.


Recognition for the research and presentation of this article goes out to Frank Wranovix and Dwight Weaver. Also, to leave comments on this article and for more on Memphis, TN chess history, go to: http://memphischessclub.blogspot.com/2014/04/world-chess-championship-in.html)


Watch Carlsen Destroy Bill Gates

What happens when Bill Gates challenges the world’s greatest chess player to a match? An embarrassment of a match that lasts little more than a minute. Notice that they are using the DGT 2010 which can be found here

Watch the Video

Words of Wisdom from Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is only 23, but in the course of becoming the worldwide chess champion and the highest-rated chess player ever in November, he’s picked up plenty of wisdom.

While being interviewed by Founders Fund partner and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel at a Churchill Club event at the Computer History Museum on Thursday, Carlsen, of Norway, expounded not only on chess, but also on the power and shortcomings of computers, the value of thinking fast, and the importance of eating well.

Carlsen’s insights could be of use to entrepreneurs, who, like professional chess players, need to think quickly and constantly watch for opportunities and attacks, spend day and night on their craft, and have to look confident to keep opponents at bay.

Here are a few choice quotes from the champion in response to Thiel’s questions:

January 2014 ratings – Nakamura now third

The sensational change at the top of the New Year’s rating list is (ta-dum!) Hikaru Nakamura’s climb to number three in the world. He is not only the highest rated American of all time, he is the second American to reach the top three since the FIDE ratings were installed. Incidentally did you know that only 0.0024% of the world population has a FIDE rating? Here’s the latest list.



Getting in Too Deep

Working in computer chess software, the one question customers ask the most is “What is the difference between Deep and non-Deep chess engines?”.. However, in the last year or so, a close second is “What is the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit chess engines?”. Let’s take a look at the answers to both…

Deep vs “non-deep”(or standard) engines

So, for instance, Fritz 13 chess playing software (“Fritz” is the name of teh chess engine) comes in two versions. “Fritz 13” and “Deep Fritz 14”. Superficially, the products look very similar when you load them onto a PC. In fact, the interface (the part of the program that you see – the board, the analysis, the layout of the windows etc) is exactly the same. The real difference between the versions, is within chess engine (the chess playing “brain” of the program) itself. Now, I won’t get too technical with this, but if you have bought a PC in the last couple of years, you may have heard terms like “dual-core”, “quad-core”, “multi-core” etc. Don’t worry too much about the exact detailed meanings of those terms, sufficed to say that a “multi-core” processor has more than one core; which at a basic level means that your processor can do more than one thing at once, and is therefore faster than a single-core processor. Which means your experience of using your computer will be faster with a multi-core processor than with a single-core processor.

With me so far? Good.

Read the rest here

A Handful of Immortality

Almost all chess players, among the record of their games, have personal “Immortal” games. National “Immortal” games are known too – for example, “The Russian Immortal Game” (Shishkin-Griksberg, St. Petersburg 1889) and “The Polish Immortal Game” (Griksberg-Najdorf, Poland 1935) and many others. Charushin has collected some special Immortal Games!

Learn more

The Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi-Grunfeld

We know from chess openings like the Grunfeld Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5) that Black may control the center with pieces instead of pawns. But what about the Grunfeld’s poor cousin, 1.d4 d5 2.c4 g6, clearly a member of this hypermodern family? The first issue of Kamikaze Times (November, 2002) called this line the “Alekhine Defense” against the Queen’s Gambit. Alekhine did play this opening, but the editor correctly notes that Blackburne takes precedence. Unusual and seldom seen, there is not much theory to learn nor many games to consult; those who enjoy offbeat chess openings may investigate further. First we have Blackburne at work: