September 30, 2006 |
The genteel world of chess spun out of control at the world championship final in recent days in Elista, Russia, with finger-pointing and accusations flying, closely resembling a normal week in the NFL. Whatever happened to the gentleman's game? Well, too many visits to the Gents room, it seems.
November 3, 2000 |
When Garry Kasparov lost his world championship crown Thursday, he succeeded at prophecy: Years ago, he said that Vladimir Kramnik would replace him at the top someday. That day came sooner and more forcefully than Kasparov may have expected. Kramnik dethroned him in the Braingames Network world championship with another draw in the 15th game of the 16-game series, bringing the overall score to 8 1/2-6 1/2 and clinching victory. Kramnik, 25, won two games and drew the rest.
October 20, 2002 |
In the end, world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik was apparently undone by an attribute that separates humans from machines: an appreciation of beauty. After eight matches, a contest here between the Russian-born champ and a German-made computer program, Deep Fritz, was declared a draw Saturday night.
November 29, 2009 |
Position No. 6083: White to play and win. From the game Leonardo Tristan-Rinat Jumabayev, World Junior Championship, Puerto Madryn 2009. Solution to Position No. 6082: White gains a piece by 1 h7! Rg7 2 Rxg2 Rxg2 3 Be4. The World Blitz Championship in Moscow assembled 22 leading grandmasters for a three-day extravaganza of speed chess. Each player had three minutes, plus a bonus of two seconds per move, to complete a game. This time limit has supplanted five minute games as the standard for blitz.
October 26, 2000 |
At a television studio in London, grandmasters Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik bend silently over a chessboard hour upon hour, plotting each move with the speed of a snail on Prozac. At stake: $2 million. And at home computers worldwide, chess enthusiasts are logging onto Internet sites to follow the action rook-by-rook and pawn-by-pawn--and to get almost instant analyses and take part in guess-the-move competitions. The game of kings has embraced the Internet.
May 4, 2001 |
May 4, 2001 Position #5636: Black to play and win. From the game Svidler--Korchnoi, Zurich 2001. Solution to Position #5635: White wins a piece with 1 d5! cxd5 2 Nd4 Qe5 3 Nxf5 Bxe3 4 Nxe3, as 4 . . . d4 allows 5 Bxb7. If 1 . . . Qe4, then 2 Nh4 Qb4+ 3 c3 Qxb2 4 Bxh6 wins. INTERNATIONAL NEWS World champion Vladimir Kramnik defeated his predecessor, Garry Kasparov, to win a tournament of 25-minute chess last weekend in Zurich, Switzerland.