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A short video on humility

The time when Ray Charles beat Willie Nelson in Chess (SLYT)
posted by dfm500 on Sep 20, 2016 - 9 comments

It is as if you were playing chess

You’ve always wanted to be a chess master! But you aren’t one! Are you! Now you can at least look like one! Pretend you’re playing chess! Make moves! Act like you feel things! Smirk! Frown! Weep! Chess!
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 20, 2016 - 8 comments

Tromp is going to make Proof-of-Work systems great again

John Tromp is a computer scientist whose interests include mazes (playable: 1, 2), chess problems, Go (previously), graphical representations of combinatory logic, Connect-4, code obfuscation, darts, pop music, and much, much more.
posted by OverlappingElvis on Aug 5, 2016 - 8 comments

Thinking Machine 6

Play chess against a transparent intelligence
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 9, 2016 - 27 comments

Learning Chess at 40

What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game. Although it scarcely occurred to me at the time, my daughter and I were embarking on a sort of cognitive experiment. We were two novices, attempting to learn a new skill, essentially beginning from the same point but separated by some four decades of life. I had been the expert to that point in her life—in knowing what words meant, or how to ride a bike—but now we were on curiously equal footing. Or so I thought. (Tom Vanderbilt, Nautilus)
posted by misterbee on May 22, 2016 - 27 comments

"Oh, you an expert?!"

Ever want to see what happens when a trash talking, nimble-fingered Washington Square Park chess hustler unknowingly takes on a chess Grandmaster? (via) This was posted to YT as a bonus clip from The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show.
posted by mosk on Feb 17, 2016 - 50 comments

Match: Drawn

The 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik occasioned a fantastic series of caricatures, by Icelandic artist Halldór Pétursson, of Fischer and Spassky. The unwatermarked versions at the bottom of the page are the result of some simple but clever image processing.
posted by Wolfdog on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 comments

“I suspect ‘chess rage’ & ‘road rage’ are neighbouring neural impulses.”

An Art Without an Artwork By Tom Russell [Guernica Magazine] A summer of chess in Bryant Park.
“Another way to distinguish a great chess player from an average one is to gauge how comfortable he or she is with tension. After the opening flurry of moves it is inevitable that a tension accrue somewhere on the board—a cluster of opposing pieces all vying for control of a vital square. The temptation for most is to resolve that tension by trading off pieces and simplifying the position. Experts let it build and build, and pounce only when they identify a clear way to gain an advantage. Everything you’d want to know about a person psychologically is there to see on the chessboard.”
posted by Fizz on Nov 15, 2015 - 11 comments

The Subtext Buried In Seven Great Movie Chess Scenes

The Subtext Buried In Seven Great Movie Chess Scenes: "So let’s go one level deeper into some iconic movie scenes that involve a chess match. This exercise involved a lot of pausing and rewinding and probably wouldn’t have been possible without 1080p. To pick apart these cinematic chess clashes, we also spoke to chess grandmaster Robert Hess, a former U.S. national championship runner-up, and turned to the raw silicon-powered strength of the chess engine Stockfish. (We showed Hess the positions over email, without telling him anything about the movies the games were from.)" [SL538]
posted by capricorn on Sep 18, 2015 - 57 comments

Giraffe, the little chess engine that ...

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level [more inside]
posted by phoque on Sep 14, 2015 - 46 comments

Chess Pieces and Copyright

Marcel Duchamp designed an Art Deco chess set which was available on the web as a 3D printable design. Now the makers have removed it from the internet because French copyright law protects it though it's in the public domain in the US, with implications for the future of shareable things. (The chess set design previously on Metafilter.)
posted by immlass on Sep 9, 2015 - 38 comments

The Departed Queen

When amateur chess player Dana Mackenzie sat down against International Master David Pruess in the last round of the 2006 Western States Open, he was outrated by 345 points, making the game a huge mismatch on paper. The game took a strange turn when as early as his sixth move Mackenzie gave up his queen for only a bishop and knight, a preposterous speculative sacrifice that seemed incredibly unlikely to work, especially against a player much more skilled than him. But what his opponent didn't know was that Mackenzie had already practiced this position against his computer a hundred times. [more inside]
posted by dfan on May 27, 2015 - 53 comments

Chess is much purer than art in its social position.

Marcel Duchamp loved (Image NSW) playing Chess.
In 1918 whilest in Buenos Aires he designed and made his own Art Deco Chess pieces which you can now print for yourself.
These were created by Scott Kildall who also created Playing Duchamp a computer chess program.
Duchamp's Chess history.
The wonderful Marcel Duchamp Studies online journal Re-evaluates the Art & Chess of Marcel Duchamp.
For Chess afficionados there is this hypothosis of Beckett and Duchamp and Chess in the 1930's.
posted by adamvasco on Dec 24, 2014 - 21 comments

zugzwang

The Mysterious Disappearance of Peter Winston: How does one of the world’s top chess prodigies just vanish from a New York street? - by Sarah Weinman [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 5, 2014 - 15 comments

Grandmaster Clash

One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.
Caruana started the tournament with a win, then another. Then another. And another. And another. At the halfway mark, when each player had faced all five of his opponents exactly once, Caruana was 5–0–0. To you and me, going unbeaten and undrawn in five straight tournament games sounds impressive. But to chess aficionados, Caruana’s performance is nigh on miraculous.
posted by Golden Eternity on Sep 21, 2014 - 27 comments

Chesscademy

Chesscademy is a chess teaching website modelled on Codecademy. As such, it gives a sequence of short puzzles and exercises which help you build up knowledge of everything from how the pieces move to the intricacies of positional play. Sections of each 'course' are introduced by a short video. It's like a well-written chess book with interactive diagrams!
posted by kaibutsu on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 comments

I just never want to let my gender down

As a single woman, I received a lot of attention. ... It felt that I was either pissing people off with my bubbly attitude or breaking hearts. All that said, the most difficult part of all was having everyone think I was bad at Magic simply by looking at me—and them being right. This was by far what drove me the most.
There and Back Again: A Wizard's Tale — Feminist gamer/producer Tifa Robles writes candidly about her journey in, out, and around the world of competitive gaming. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 comments

Alderaan Gambit or Mothma Opening?

The complete animations for Star Wars Chess on Sega CD: Rebel Alliance and The Empire.
posted by griphus on Jun 19, 2014 - 25 comments

"Chess has been called the drosophila of artificial intelligence"

How To Catch A Chess Cheater: Ken Regan Finds Moves Out Of Mind [more inside]
posted by not_the_water on Jun 10, 2014 - 13 comments

I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

Randy Olson is conducting an analysis of chess since 1850. What's the advantage of playing white? Are games getting longer? What openings have fallen in and out of vogue? Are chess players becoming less focused on capturing pieces?
posted by Chrysostom on May 29, 2014 - 26 comments

“the machinery that was built up for computer chess is pretty useless"

The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
The challenge is daunting. In 1994, machines took the checkers crown, when a program called Chinook beat the top human. Then, three years later, they topped the chess world, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer besting world champion Garry Kasparov. Now, computers match or surpass top humans in a wide variety of games: Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But not Go. It’s the one classic game where wetware still dominates hardware.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on May 26, 2014 - 72 comments

Avoiding analysis paralysis

Chess Clock Jenga
posted by Jpfed on Apr 24, 2014 - 23 comments

How about a nice game of chess?

Chess has been played in a lot of movies. I mean, a lot. Some of the more notable matches include Ron Weasley kicking ass, HAL stealing from Schlage, a Bond villain stealing from Spassky, and Death just screwing with the audience. Then there is Thomas Crown, who might just have been named for a promising young British player who tragically died at the age of eighteen.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 23, 2014 - 29 comments

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

In his series of blog posts How to Make Master in 300 Difficult Steps, John Chernoff, with humour and modesty, recounts his numerous attempts to surpass 2200 USCF and become a Candidate Master in the game of chess. (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)
posted by Quilford on Mar 15, 2014 - 4 comments

Magnus Bill.

Bill Gates loses a chess match in 79 seconds to the new World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.
posted by feelinglistless on Jan 28, 2014 - 92 comments

My game with Magnus Carlsen

My game with Magnus Carlson: On January 16, 2014, Magnus Carlsen, the newly crowned world chess champion and the highest rated player in history, paid a visit to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, to give a talk and play a ten board simultaneous exhibition.

Includes the annotated game. (via)
posted by starman on Jan 23, 2014 - 17 comments

Beautiful Moves

Chess Portraits — a glamourous costumed set by photographer Francesco Ridolfi.
posted by cenoxo on Nov 26, 2013 - 17 comments

I started competition at age 11, and left at 16

Framed as a letter in words and pictures to Magnus Carlsen, the new World Chess Champion, French comic artist Fanou recalls her experiences as a girl with an interest in chess and all the reasons why she still holds that world at a distance.
posted by Narrative Priorities on Nov 25, 2013 - 46 comments

Anand's knightmare...

Magnus Carlsen, the 22 year old Norwegian prodigy, is the new World Chess Champion. Yesterday's game 9 was the most exciting of the tournament; a desperate Viswanathan Anand played very aggressively and appeared--to most human commenters--to have an advantage (though the best computer programs saw the Carlsen was always fine if not slightly ahead); however, Anand made a serious blunder and lost. All Carlsen needed today was a draw--which he got. Many have called it the end of an era.
posted by whatgorilla on Nov 22, 2013 - 54 comments

Microphone Check and Mate!

Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) Presents: Street Games Vol. 1 [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 21, 2013 - 5 comments

"Match of the Century"

It's black's move, move 11, and Carlsen has a decision to make - move his king queenside or kingside? With little hesitation, Carlsen moves queenside. His opponent, Anand does not visibly respond - kingside was the more common choice. The game is pulling away from textbook play into strange territory. As black, Carlsen is playing at a disadvantage. He knows that this is his chance to improve his odds, leading Anand into an unfamiliar middle game. After two beats, Carlsen bolts from his chair and walks away from the table. The chair swivels around lazily and the camera remains on Anand, who studies the board, either ignoring or oblivious to the young player's exit. [more inside]
posted by lubujackson on Nov 13, 2013 - 62 comments

Ernie is so happy, Bert is 'meh'

The National Toy Hall of Fame has added its two latest inductees: the Rubber Duck and the game of Chess.
While featuring many interesting facts, the site does fail to mention Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck (featured multiple times here) or Tim Rice's "Chess" (seen here). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 8, 2013 - 25 comments

Chess 2: The Chessening.

Chess 2 - How a street fightin' man fixed the world's most famous game. The rules are available here for free.
posted by empath on Nov 3, 2013 - 108 comments

It's Friday somewhere, right?

Friday Flash Fun: Ending, a hybrid of roguelike and puzzle game, or chess, or something. Maybe "it's like turn-based Gauntlet" would be a good description? There's an on-your-phone version if you're willing to spend a buck, too. DANGER: Very addictive to certain types. You've been warned.
posted by DoctorFedora on Jul 4, 2013 - 24 comments

"Stalemate."

Greg Shahade, an International Master of chess, plays an impromptu blitz game with Samuel Sevian (age 10).
posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 4, 2013 - 50 comments

Beat the Cheat

Nicholas J. Johnson is a no good dirty rotten cheat. So when he invites you to play an incredible new game that he’s invented, you probably shouldn’t come…
posted by filthy light thief on May 17, 2013 - 18 comments

And so the World New Chess Championship begins.

How to play chess properly, as explained by the BBC. Written and performed by John Luke Roberts. Directed by Steve Dawson.
posted by Wonton Cruelty on May 3, 2013 - 15 comments

The Weird and Wonderful World of Chess Now

For four years and seventy-nine episodes, Manhattan Neighborhood Network's public access show Chess Now was a revolving door of exuberant hosts (including fan favorites as Tana and Checkerboard Phil), technical difficulties, prank calls, and remarkably little chess. The complete archives are on YouTube.
posted by Shadax on Apr 7, 2013 - 9 comments

Magnus Carlsen will play Vishy Anand for the 2013 World Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen will be playing Viswanathan Anand for the 2013 World Chess Championship. [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Apr 1, 2013 - 28 comments

It's Linguistastic! Or Linguistalicious!

Arika Okrent (previously here on sign language interpreters and her 352-page book about 'Invented Languages') is currently kicking ass and taking etymologies at the Mental Floss site with a flurry of listicles* on the 'invention' of today's English/American language:
The solidly informational "11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way"**
The entertainingly snarky "11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words"
The just plain fun "From Y’all To Youse, 8 English Ways to Make “You” Plural"
plus one non-linguistic piece of pure pedantry: "11 Movie Chess Scenes Where The Board Is Set Up Wrong"*** [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 16, 2012 - 52 comments

The queens we use would not excite you

Imagine a school where the cool kids are on the Chess Team... Welcome to I.S. 318. where 60% of the students come from families with incomes below the federal poverty level. BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. One of those students and the only female, 17 year-old Rochelle Ballantyne, is poised to become the first African-American female master in the history of chess. An interview with Miss Ballantyne.
posted by spock on Oct 30, 2012 - 19 comments

Chess: A Musical

CHESS MOVES [27m14s] was a 1985 VHS release hosted by Sir Tim Rice comprising of the five music videos made to promote the 1984 album Chess. The individual videos are One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head), Nobody's Side (Elaine Paige), The Arbiter (Björn Skifs), I Know Him So Well (Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson), and Pity The Child (Murray Head). [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Sep 17, 2012 - 48 comments

'You're a pretty good player, but you're too pessimistic.'

Rooked: The evolution of cheating in Chess
posted by Groundhog Week on Sep 12, 2012 - 59 comments

Kubrick In The 60s

Stanley Kubrick didn’t like giving long interviews, but he loved playing chess. So when the physicist and writer Jeremy Bernstein paid him a visit to gather material for a piece for The New Yorker about a new film project he was writing with Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick was intrigued to learn that Bernstein was a fairly serious chess player. The result was an unusually long and candid recorded interview for the New Yorker. (77 min)
posted by The Whelk on Jun 17, 2012 - 8 comments

Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár is the greatest female chess player in history. The product of an educational experiment by her father, she was the first to break Bobby Fischer's record as the youngest-ever grandmaster - by which time she had already stopped competing in women-only tournaments. In 2002, she avenged an earlier controversial loss to Garry Kasparov - the first time in any sport that the No. 1 ranked female player has beaten the No. 1 ranked male player. At her peak, ranked 8th in the world, she became the first woman to compete for the World Championship. After several years of reduced activity spent raising her two children, Polgár returned to full-time competition - making it to the quarter-finals of the 2011 FIDE World Cup. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Apr 24, 2012 - 55 comments

Human chess

Every other year since 1923, the town of Marostica in Italy has staged a recreation of a human chess game played in 1454 between two noblemen for the hand of the castle lord's daughter. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Apr 15, 2012 - 13 comments

"One of the most brazen moves in the chess world since the Najdorf Sicilian Defense"

Just hours after winning a second consecutive national championship, a legendary college coach decamps to a Division I program with a brighter future- and takes her entire team with her. A college chess coach makes a move that even the most cutthroat men's basketball coach would envy. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Apr 6, 2012 - 19 comments

No checkmate for you!

Only two buttons from the top: The European Women's Championship in Gaziantep, Turkey is the first where the brand new European Chess Union Dress Code regulations [pdf] apply. The men’s championship, which will take place this month in Plovdiv, Bulgaria will follow. ECU General Secretary Sava Stoisavljevic answers some questions. Players respond. [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Mar 14, 2012 - 27 comments

Chess with no opening book

A major element of serious chess play is the study of openings* -- of known series of moves from the starting position whose effects to the later stages of the game are well established through previous games and through manual and computer analysis. Chess960 a.k.a. Fischer Random Chess was introduced in 1996 by chess genius (and reclusive paranoid anti-semite) Bobby Fischer as an alternative that aims to remove the emphasis on this laborious element while keeping other central aspects of the game intact. The tagline of one blog dedicated to the game calls it 'a return to the pleasure of the first move in a vast unexplored wilderness'. Some of this wilderness is being explored with new theory, linked below the fold among other things. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Feb 2, 2012 - 34 comments

Prison Chess

Photographs of the Prison Chess series were taken in 2008 and 2009 in a maximum security facility of the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jan 27, 2012 - 18 comments

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