Elephant in chess - how does a piece move?
An elephant in chess is a piece located on the board at the beginning of the game on cells c1, f1 (for white) and c8, f8 (for black). Each of…

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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…

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Shogi (Japanese chess) - complete game rules, history
Shogi Rules A 9 by 9 board is used. Cells are numbered from right to left, as well as from top to bottom. Each cell is rectangular in shape, is…

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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 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

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

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 people of tragic fate. In geniuses, as a rule, a certain area of ​​physical, mental or mental defect is revealed. They are very lonely, even when surrounded by a crowd.

Lonely were Kant and Beethoven, Leonardo and Nietzsche, and this list can be continued for a long time. The talk is about a man named Robert James Fisher. In the 4th top of the book “My Great Predecessors” by G. Kasparov, the section devoted to the 11th world champion Fischer is also entitled “The Single Genius”, in which, in addition to biographies, selected parties are included. To please chess lovers, one of Fisher’s best games is at the end of the article.

Boris Spassky wrote: “He does not drink or smoke, he prefers solitude. When talking with people, it seems that he dismisses them like annoying flies. Apparently he is faced with a mass of people who are unpleasant to him. He is very proud and it is difficult for him to live in modern society. And it seems to Continue reading

They are tired
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…


“On the interaction of figures”
The goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But not one of the figures alone can achieve this goal, not even the all-powerful queen. As in…


Queen in chess
The queen in chess is the most dangerous piece, whose strength is equal to nine pawns. Modern theory attributes it to "heavy pieces" (the second of which is the boat).…