Computer or person
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…

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Lonely genius
If a person has advanced in any field and has surpassed fate, then we should expect that she will prevail in something else. Great people are almost always cruelly suffering…

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How the Russian princess conquered the world famous chess king, or the most brilliant game of Jose Capablanca
When they met in 1934 at a reception at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Princess Chegodaeva was probably the only one to whom the name of Jose Raul Capablanca did…

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Chess Championship

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Anyone who uses and does not use chess programs

In this article, a proger is a person who uses the hints of a chess program on a chess Internet server, a disconnector is a person who disconnects from an opponent on a chess Internet server, underestimating the game to the end.

Long before the progers began to deceive, somewhere in the depths of their consciousness they began to feel like losers. They drew a thick line in their heads, dividing everyone into winners and losers: “winners never lose, and losers never win,” they told themselves. They could not put up with what mediocre chess players they were, probably they even hardly put up with what mediocre people they were. They did not agree with what rating they had, how low their social position on a chess Internet server.

In general, progers cannot endure defeat. They cannot bear to lose blitz and games in which they believe they should not lose. They cannot tolerate the lousy assessment that they have: they need a rating that they deserve in Continue reading

Forbidden moves: how to win chess without touching the pieces

Many grandmasters used psychological techniques that can hardly be considered correct.

Worthy debut

You can secure your victory without even touching the pieces. One of the scandalous cases in the history of chess occurred in 1937. Then, at the Ukrainian SSR Championship, Yefim Korchmar locked his partner, Yevsey Polyak, in the restroom. As a result, Korchmar got a victory point, and he became one of the winners of the championship.

Another common trick is being late for the game. It was practiced by almost all well-known grandmasters Continue reading

The five loudest chess scandals

Alexander Alekhine: boycott, strange death and a trace of foreign intelligence services
If we leave out the scandals of the beginning of the 20th century and the figure of Prince Andrei Dadiani, who bribed his rivals, then the first scandal was connected with the name of Alexander Alekhine. A Russian emigrant, a multiple world champion, he was accused by the chess community in 1945 of collaborating with Nazi Germany during the war years.

This cooperation was expressed in a series of anti-Semitic articles in which the history of chess was presented from the point of view of Nazi racial theory. He also took part in several tournaments Continue reading

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