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Robochess a chess playing bot
2010-04-19 19:51:00
Robochess is the name of this chess playing robot. This robot was created by a 17 year old Iranian Student, Ebrahim Jahandar. The robot can play chess against human and unlike other robots this one has a bulletin Chess Game Computer. Other robots must be connected to a Desktop Computer but this robot has one AVR 8-Bit microcontroller for recognizing opponent's moves, playing its moves and controling the robotic feature of moving the pieces on the board.This Robot only requires a power plug and nothing more. Just plug it in and play chess with him! Also, it can be connected to a battery which makes it portable!The robot is very small, lite and it cost only $100!This Robot Awarded 2nd in Young Kharazmi Festival, which is one of the most important innovation festivals in middleast!For more information visit Robochess site ger.php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04WWKP 8&feed=1
2010-04-19 19:50:00
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Robochess a chess playing robot
2009-06-19 06:15:00
Robochess is the name of this chess playing robot. This robot was created by a 17 year old Iranian Student, Ebrahim Jahandar. The robot can play chess against human and unlike other robots this one has a bulletin Chess Game Computer. Other robots must be connected to a Desktop Computer but this robot has one AVR 8-Bit microcontroller for recognizing opponent's moves, playing its moves and controling the robotic feature of moving the pieces on the board.This Robot only requires a power plug and nothing more. Just plug it in and play chess with him! Also, it can be connected to a battery which makes it portable!The robot is very small, lite and it cost only $100!This Robot Awarded 2nd in Young Kharazmi Festival, which is one of the most important innovation festivals in middleast!For more information visit Robochess site ger.php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04WWKP 8&feed=1
Video Chess Analysis by Cousin Eddie
2009-06-03 06:15:00
Analysis done by CousinEddie, captain of the Imm0rtal chess team on Chess CousinEddie is now a captain on the team Fire, Ice and Immortality. The video was posted to YouTube by Dante88 who is a member of the team House of the Rising Sun. ger.php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04WWKP 8&feed=1
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2009-05-26 20:51:00
FISCHER, ROBERT JAMES “BOBBY.” 1943-2008.BOBBY FISCHER’S CHESS LIBRARY, INCLUDING NOTEBOOKS PREPARED FOR THE 1972 WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. Comprising: 1. Approximately 320 volumes on chess including a few match results, various places and languages (including many Soviet imprints), 1889-1992, mostly 8vo, original bindings. Includes about a dozen presentation copies, inscribed by the authors for Fischer and two typed letters signed laid in. At least three volumes bear Fischer’s ownership signature and at least two with other notation by Fischer. 2. Approximately 400 issues of chess-related periodicals, including runs of The Chess Player, Sahovski Informator, Overboard, Revista SAH, “Waxmatbl”, and “Magyar Sakkelet” among others, mostly 1960s-1980s, various sizes, original wrappers. 3. Nine personal floppy disks (unexamined). 4. Three sets of proofs for Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (published 1969), with the title in various stages (“My Memorable Games: 52 Tour...
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Fide Masters explain the "Two Knights Defense"
2008-12-27 07:06:00
First recorded by Polerio (c.1550–c.1610) in the late 16th century, this line of the Italian Game was extensively developed in the 19th century. Black's third move is a more aggressive defense than the Giuoco Piano which would result from 3...Bc5. In fact, Bronstein suggested that the term "defense" does not fit, and that the name "Chigorin Counterattack" would be more appropriate. The Two Knights has been adopted as Black by many aggressive players including Chigorin and Keres, and World Champions Tal and Boris Spassky. The theory of this opening has been explored extensively in correspondence chess by players such as Berliner and Estrin.Watch Igor and Gleb, the two Fide Masters explain how to play the two knights opening. blogger.php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04 WWKP8&feed=1
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Chess champion Josh Waitzkin visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters
2008-12-21 13:33:00
Chess champion Josh Waitzkin visits Google's Mountain View , CA headquarters to discuss his book The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of ExcellenceJosh Waitzkin is an 8-time National Chess Champion, 13-time Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands National Champion, and Two-time Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands World Champion. In 1993 Paramount Pictures released the film Searching for Bobby Fischer, based on the highly acclaimed book of the same title written by Fred Waitzkin, documenting Josh's journey to winning his first National Championship.In addition to Josh's intense competitive life, he is a renowned writer and teacher in the fields of learning and performance psychology. Since 1997, Josh has been the spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world, and a spokesperson for the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Over the past several years, Josh has appeared in all media venues from MTV, ESPN, and Today to People, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, The Ne...
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2008-11-02 06:44:00
The following thought is from my friend, Sam Maitz:“There is no sudden leap to greatness.Your success lies in doing day by day.Your upward reach will come from working well and carefully. Good work done little by little becomes great work.The house of success is built brick by brick. Adopt the pace of nature.  The secret is patience.A bottle fills drop by drop.”I offer the above in hopes that all players will recognize that, sooner or later, games get more difficult and the player reaches a level where the opponents are his/her equal. At this time several things occur:First, the player’s elo bobs up and down within narrow limits,Second, the player experiences more drawn games.And, lastly, the player is taking as many losses as wins.This point of growth is the plateau. This is a place where the player settles in and enjoys games with peers; with the hope that the experience will increase elo. In fact, it does. But only the right experience works, and, still, the gain is ...
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2008-10-17 00:52:00
When a new player begins chess openings, I recommend that whatever opening is chosen is one that the player will use every time! I want the player to become accustomed to the positions this opening leads into. My reasoning is that chess is learned in one of two ways:First, we learn the placement of the pieces at the start of the game, then we learn the moves. Teaching chess by moves is not difficult, and learning the moves themselves is not difficult. This is what I think of as a scientific method. It is the way games are recorded.But some players are blessed with a special talent; the ability to unify sensations into meaningful composites. They see the patterns, not the moves. This is more difficult to teach, it depends on the artistic or imaginative power of the player. This is what I think of as the Artistic method. I believe it is necessary to begin with the first method, because there is lots of incidental learning that initially takes place, and because it can be dig...
The Fragile King II, Caught in the middle!
2008-10-01 08:15:00
Attacks against the castled king have some different criteria than attacks while the king is still in the center of the board. First, in the castled position, a defense already exists and the mobility of the king is constrained. However before he castles, the King may attain good mobility; and a moving target is always more difficult to hit. Second, the opponent can mobilize pieces more quickly to the center than to one side of the board. Third, pawn structure differs in that the center is usually demolished when the successful attack begins. Fourth, the attacker needs a greater force in the attack and that force must be centralized.Let’s look at these things individually:First, the question of King mobility. Here is a well-known position used in teaching endgame play:Queen and knight are often enough to succeed against the king in the castled position. Here, it is Black to move, he is in check and his mobility is limited to one square, h8;1.Kh8 Nf7+ Again, the kin...
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The Fragile King I
2008-09-15 20:46:00
Today we can explore mating attempts earlier than traditional endgames, and (perhaps) see the features of the board that allow the mating attack to be successful and the features that make it unsuccessful.There are two clues that the pawns give us. First, the pawns tell us on which side of the board an attack is most likely to succeed. Let’s look at an early sign. Here is the position in the Steinitz variation of the French defense after White’s fourth move:In this position the pawns tell us that White will more easily attack on the kingside, and Black will more easily attack on the queenside. This is determined by the side toward which the pawns “point”. Simply look at the advanced pawns in echelon and consider them a pointer. The second clue the pawns give us is control of the center. In this position, white has more space, but neither side controls the center.The center is a major consideration in an attack on a wing. An attack on either wing must be met by an att...
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Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk Video Annotations
2008-09-13 12:14:00
Alexandra Kosteniuk, an International Woman Grandmaster (WGM) (1998) and an International Master among men (IM) (2000). During the FIDE Congress in Calvia (2004) awarded the title of Grandmaster (Men), becoming the 10th woman in the whole history of chess to get this title. Kosteniuk is the Women's Vice Champion of the World, a title earned at the World Championships in Moscow in December 2001. Kosteniuk earned the European Champion 2004 and Russian Champion 2005.Born in the Russian city of Perm on April 23, 1984. In July 2003 she graduated from the Russian State Academy of Physical Education and now is a certified professional chess trainer. In 1994 she became the European Champion among girls under the age of 10, and a month later shared first and second places at the World Championship under the age of 10. Read Chess interview with Alexandra.Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk comments her rapid game from Mainz against GM Hracek. logg...
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Hip Hop Chess Federation
2008-09-12 14:04:00
Founded by award wining Lecturer and Author, Adisa Banjoko, the HHCF is dedicated to providing an inclusive setting for individuals to interact, play and develop life strategy skills with people they perceive as mentors."Despite the school system's best efforts and intentions, and the efforts of overworked parents, the past generations have suffered from lack of suitable education and essential resources required for a successful life," states co-founder Adisa Banjoko. "We recognize that chess, martial arts and hip-hop unify people from multiple cultural, religious and social backgrounds. These black and white squares do not care what color you are or if you are rich or poor. The only thing they ask is that you come with your strategy, your patience and your skills..." Hip-Hop Chess FederationLearn about this great federation that is helping bring to chess to more people.UPCOMING - ANNUAL CHESS KINGS & SCHOLARSHIP INVITATIONALOctober 11, 2008Galleria @ The San Francisco Design Cent...
Chess Mistakes Garry Kasparov
2008-09-12 13:53:00
Former world chess champion and outspoken Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov called for a monument in honour of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya and draw attention to what they claimed was a lack of freedom of speech that led to her death. This video is not about Anna but rather about making mistakes in chess. php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04WWKP8&fe ed=1
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On the wire D tries to teach chess to Wallace and Bodie...
2008-09-12 13:41:00
As we continue our chess video exploration we found this interesting chess video. D from the HBO series Wire is teaching Wallace and Bodie about chess and how it relates to their world around them. "One of television's most critically acclaimed programs, the Peabody Award-winning drama series 'The Wire ' continues to challenge viewers with a "cop show" unlike anything on air." php?inventory_key=1RU9897F28IZR04WWKP8&fe ed=1
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Richard Phillips Feynman Laws of Physics and the Rules of Chess
2008-09-12 13:21:00
Richard Phillips Feynman May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988 was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (the parton model was proposed by him). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman developed a widely-used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams.He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of...
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Bobby Fischer - ANYTHING to WIN The Mad Genius Of Bobby Fischer
2008-09-09 20:30:00
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Things I have learned (By an old woodpusher)
2008-08-26 02:25:00
Every Chess player has a story that explains his/her game. My story can be expressed in things that I have learned about the game, and about the player. There are no pictures or diagrams this time, my friends, just thoughts. Here are some of the things that I learned since I began playing chess in 1943. I have only played on the internet for a few years, so I have had new things to learn. Feel free to disagree, but please tell me of your disagreement. No two people see things exactly the same way, and I am sincerely interested in your thoughts. You can send your thoughts to me by using the “comments” option, which appears after this article, near the bottom of this page. 1.I learned to respect every opponent, as a person and as a worthy player. I believe that courtesy is essential in engaging another person. I consider every opponent as my equal. I believe that by maintaining this respect, I will play my best game. If I were to believe myself to be a superior player,...
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2008-08-06 17:46:00
Teichmann said that the Game of Chess is 90% tactics. The middle game is rife with tactical opportunities which only one player sees! The middle game is where observation becomes most important, where the player sees the potentials and possibilities overlooked by his opponent. Tactical moves and combinations are even overlooked by strong players as well as average players. When more than one tactical move is made in the same series, it becomes a combination. We must see the tactic before we can see the combination. In the following examples, we will benefit from setting the position on a board, and examining our ability to see the potential and derive the tactics.Some combinations are simply the use of the same tactic more than once in the series. Here is an example of a simple combination played by a young man against one of the strongest chessplayers in the world! White to move. Observe: The black queen and rook are on the same color. White cannot take advantage with a kn...
Queen Hunt
2008-07-11 07:51:00
In my games on, I have been engaged in four Queen Hunts in just the past two months. I want to show how players give up their queens in hopes that this will be useful to players. One of these games is the most interesting game that I have played in years. In this game BOTH of the players were on a queen hunt! My opponent was my Aussie friend, Gasparking. Here is the description of these simultaneous hunts:Chessmaniac Game #6013336, Gasparking vs. alfredjwoodWhite Black1. d4 d52. c4 e63. a3 … Best here is probably 3. Nc3; White seems concerned with preventing Blacks occupation of b4. However, this ‘preventive’ move concedes Black a tempo.3. … c6 The usual move is Nf6, but Black hesitated to make that move before White played Nf3. Two other moves, however, are both better: c5 or Nd7. (Given the position again, I would play Nd7. Al) As a result of the next few moves, an unusual pawn structure creates an unusual game. 4. ...
Ron Paul March On July 12th Is Ron Paul's Next Chess Move
2008-07-09 19:38:00
The Ron Paul movement is making their next chess move. After playing a rather quiet opening the movement is revealing that it has $4.7 million in power from donations received during the primaries. MTV will be covering the Ron Paul March and Aimee Allen will attend. She recently released the Ron Paul Anthem video... As written on 12/07...Ron Paul a political underdog has been gaining support across the country. Paul's political chess opening is compared to that of the "Giuoco Piano" which is Italian for "quiet game" or the Giuoco Pianissimo which is Italian for "quietest game"Paul favors a slow strategical grass roots battle by gradually building up tactical opportunities which explodes later into the political middle game and finally winning the endgame.Paul aims for a slow buildup deferring his major thrust until it can be prepared. By avoiding an immediate confrontation in the center Paul prevents the early release of tension with a solid consistent message of liberty and fr...
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The Ideal Square In Chess
2008-06-16 20:11:00
In his book; Guide to Good Chess : First Steps to Fine Points (Purdy Series), J.S. Purdy offers four points for placing a piece on it’s “ideal square” in the opening: 1.The piece can go there in one move. Quick development is important. The first object of development is to clear your back line in as few moves as possible so you can get your rooks active. “The absurdity of these huge pieces locked away in corners never seems to strike the average player.”2.The piece will be effectively posted there. “Effectively” initially means the piece will be bearing on the center, directly or indirectly. 3.The piece will not suffer from exposure. The most common exposure is moving your queen out too early. Generally move the queen only one square, to free the rooks. Generally, move the rooks to open files, or files likely to be opened, but keep them on the back rank in the opening.4.The piece will not unduly obstruct any of its own forces. The most common example of this i...
Power and Force in chess: the Value of a piece.
2008-05-31 07:35:00
When we first play chess, we learn the “value” of the pieces. We learn that a pawn=1, a bishop or knight = 3, a rook =5, etc. On the chess site, in our games, these values are assigned for pieces captured. This ‘value’ must be properly understood. It sometimes takes a while to gain an understanding of the true value of each of the pieces. Understanding the true and current value of a piece helps us to make wise choices in selecting winning lines and moves. So, let’s begin by discriminating between the value of the piece, the power of a piece and the force that a piece can exert in the game.The value of a piece is based on a generalization. It can be likened to the number of squares a piece can control when on an empty chessboard. A rook will always survey fourteen squares on an empty board, seven on the rank and seven on the file, regardless of where it is placed. A bishop can control as few as seven and as many as thirteen, depending on where it is placed on the...
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Playing the board, not the piece. An example of playing the lines and squa
2008-05-16 06:08:00
In my first games on Chessmaniac I played against some fine new players. Here is a player whose elo was listed as 13xx, but he played at a much higher level! The Game is a Morra Gambit, accepted. When I first played chess I preferred open games, so I played 1. e4. I was usually met with e5. In time, as my level grew and my opponents became stronger, I began to increasingly meet 1. e4 with c5, the Sicilian. Soon, the Sicilian was being played against me in more than 50% of my games. The problem I faced was in trying to learn all of the lines and variations. The Sicilian has more lines and variations than any other chess opening I know! I felt it would take me years to learn to play against it effectively. I eventually learned that this is typical, and it caused me to develop a particular repertoire in order to continue my growth as a player. In developing that repertoire, I needed a weapon against the Sicilian, something to take Black out of his favorite variations and int...
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2008-04-30 05:28:00
In chess, there are two basic principles that must be respected:1.Without blunders, only the attacker can win the game. A game is always won by an attack. As long as your opponent is attacking you are occupied by parrying that attack. 2.Only the player with the initiative can successfully attack! The player that does not have the initiative can often bring forth a sortie, but in order to gin up a successful attack the player must have the initiative.Couple this thinking with the fact that white has an initiative by virtue of the first move. Thus, white is favored to win. He will win if he can hold the initiative. He can lose if he loses the initiative. In many games the initiative changes hands, sometimes it changes often: perhaps because it is not respected; or because both players value it and fight for it.Statistically, White wins 54% of games decided, Black wins 46% of those games. It seems clear that White has an 8% advantage due to the first move! This is the initia...
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2008-04-01 01:21:00
There are three major skills in chess. If we possess one of the three we can play chess. If we possess two of the three we can play chess well. If we possess all three, to a high degree, we will become expert at the game. These, like all other skills, are honed with practice or ‘calisthenics’. Let’s look at each of the three, briefly.First is memory. Playing mental games often hones memory, but few of us will use more than a tenth of this ability in our lifetime. In chess, the openings require memory. What is important is not memorizing the moves, but in memorizing the position arrived at by the moves. Let’s look at an example: A few months ago one of my students wrote and told me that he wanted to play the Semi-slave with Black; but his opponents were taking him out of the opening. He pointed to a game where the moves were: 1. d4 d5, 2. Nf3. He was looking for the move 2. c4, to which he would have responded 2. … e6. Because he was looking at the moves ...
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In Online Chess You Must Plan Your Play And Play your Plan Part 2
2008-03-24 15:52:00
I discussed many ideas in the previous article; if any of those ideas don’t seem clear, take your time, work through them. There is no reason to rush through this course. If I talk about a position, set it up on your chess board; Look at it on the screen. Take your time and make sure you understand the idea of my plan. Remember, in general, when you are studying chess, if your brain hurts, if you are pushing yourself, you’re stretching your mind, then you are learning. If you are just playing through variations, if you don’t strain to try to understand subtleties of the position, then you are not going to be learning. Basically, you are going to get out of chess as much as you put into it.One of my teammates has asked me some questions related to my first piece. Here is his message:I am curious to find out how you determine a plan. I know that the opening is the main factor in determining a plan, but after each side has done their best possible moves how do you determine a pla...
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In Online Chess You Must Plan Your Play And Play your Plan!
2008-03-07 02:31:00
The primary factor that holds players below 2000 elo is, in my opinion, planning. I know that this will be disputed by many players, but it is my firm opinion. Play ers do not plan to fail, they simply fail to plan. Let’s start with how a player approaches planning. When he first learns chess he plans at that level. As he progresses he plans at increasingly higher levels. Finally, he is drained of ideas. Here is how it may go: 1. I plan to attack and checkmate quickly. 2. I plan to develop, to get my pieces into play quickly. 3. I plan to occupy/control the center. 4. I plan to play my favorite opening for the first few moves, and then take advantage of whatever appears. 5. I plan to get to an endgame where I have more material. These are all important and often effective plans, but they are temporary in nature, they soon dissipate as the game moves ahead. Sometimes we have a bad plan, mere wishful thinking: "I plan to watch my moves and wait for my opponent to make a mistake." - Y...
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Media continues to discuss Bobby Fischer
2008-02-09 17:28:00
Almost a month after the passing of Robert(Bobby ) Fischer the main stream media continues to discuss this controversial figure. A recent article on the New York Times website has a great video of Fischer's appearance on the Tonight Show hosted by Dick Cavett in 1971. The article is appropriately titled "Was It Only a Game?" Dick Cavett discusses the Bobby he knew. A well written and wonderful article that everyone should read.A Filipina woman who claims Bobby Fischer is the father of her child is demanding a share of his $1.8 million estate. Read more..In 2005 when was a very young site I sent an email message to Bobby Fischer inviting him to play chess. Then I would check my logs to see if anyone from Iceland had visited the site. Sure enough there were a few visitors from Iceland shortly after I sent out the email. I feel honored that Bobby Fischer may have played or at least checked out the site at one point in time. Here's to you, Bobby...Dennis Steelehtt...
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Bobby Fischer Dead at 64
2008-01-19 06:32:00
Bobby Fischer , considered the greatest chess player in the world, dies at the age of 64. Fischer led a very inspiring life. He was the the only United States world champion. In 1972 he beat Boris Spassky to take the world title away from the Soviet Union. It was described as "The Match of the Century." Bobby Fischer . This enigmatic genius elevated the game to hitherto unimaginable heights, reaching the front pages of the world's newspapers and more than doubling the number of registered players in the Western World. Fischer's popularization of the game he loved had a pronounced effect on chess literature. Since December 1970his successful journey on the road to the World Championship title, more chess magazines were born, more newspapers published chess columns, and many more chess books appeared on the market than ever before over the same time span. It surprises me that only a small handful of these books have been about Fischer.We must thank Bobby Fischer for being Bobby Fi...
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