In 1946, freshman at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam, Hein Donner went to Groningen at the Staunton Memorial. Student Donner was rarely seen in university auditoriums: captivated by chess, he sat in the chess cafes of Amsterdam from morning till night. And even played in January in Wijk aan Zee in this tournament – the third group C, gaining fifty percent of the points.
Donner knew that not only western, but also the strongest Soviet grandmasters arrived in Groningen, demonstrating, as everyone said, new, ultra-modern chess. And the most powerful of them is Mikhail Botvinnik.
“I don’t remember how I got to the hall where the tournament was played,” Donner recalled thirty years later, “only a huge space remained in the memory, in the center of which they were sitting. THEY ARE! Continue reading
MG Emil Sutovsky recently published shocking news on his Facebook page: the computer program “Ponanza” beat the best shogi player in the world. But that is not all! The program applied the novelty on the first move: no professional shogi player had ever played like this before! I think this is about how to start a debut with 1.Ka3 or 1.f3.
Of course, this is not so shocking news for chess players. Unfortunately, we have already left this stage of computer development far behind.
Today, the top-end program can easily beat Magnus Carlsen by playing literally any initial move. The future Continue reading
The history of the emergence of chess is a rather complicated issue, which still remains a mystery to scientists. This topic is open to thought and research. Let’s try to figure it out a bit.
Chess (from Persian – checkmate – the ruler died) is a game that originated in India. The time of the appearance of chess is unknown, and scholars often argue about this. Nevertheless, there is a generalized opinion that chess arose in the first century AD in North India. Let us plunge into the world of northern India in the first century CE: bloody wars did not please the kings at all, chess was the prototype of battles without prejudice to both rulers and troops, and for the population as a whole. That is why they Continue reading