Tag Archives: Chess

“In chess. First move. E4 or D4. Which is better?”

This is one of the quirky questions the hyper-productive blogger and cultural economist Tyler Cowen posed to Peter Thiel recently. Here is Thiel’s reply (the aside in brackets was added by us): THIEL: It’s probably the case that D4 is marginally … Continue reading

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Magnus Carlsen is the 2014 FIDE World Chess Champion

From the comments (ZyTelevan): “Rb4 ‘killed’ Anand. Before that move the engines evaluated around -0.5, but after the rook sacrifice the evaluation skyrocketed for Carlsen. The game would look better in different circumstances, but in the context of this [World … Continue reading

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Chess blitz

Round 9 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after just 20 moves. Note Anand’s 12th move in this game. Addendum (Nov. 22): Game 10 also ended in another draw.

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War of Attrition (World Chess Championship, Round 7)

This epic game between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand lasted 122 moves!

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The history of chess openings

Are you ready for the 2014 World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand? In preparation for the upcoming WCC, we are linking to this beautiful diagram describing the evolution of chess openings over time. It was prepared by Randal S. Olson. See also Raymond … Continue reading

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Chess piece survival rates

Someone on digg posted a variant of this question on Quora: “What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces on average.” In reply, Oliver Brennan, a chess aficionado and computer programmer, posted this answer: Update (25 Oct. 2014): The excellent … Continue reading

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Battle of the computer-chess engines

Albert Silver recently conducted a fascinating computer experiment — a chess tournament between the Komodo 8 chess engine (running on an Android smart phone) playing against the Shredder chess engine (running on a much faster desktop computer — 50 times faster, to be exact). In … Continue reading

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How common is cheating in chess tournaments?

Common enough to merit this fascinating entry in Wikipedia for “Cheating in chess“: Cheating [in chess] can occur in many forms [citation omitted] and can take place before, during, or possibly even after a game. Commonly cited instances of cheating include: … Continue reading

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