December Wrap-Up; By ACC PresidentACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. The club held its Holiday Party on Dec 23 and over 60 members participated - a good time was had by all! As part of the party, the ACC held the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5) in which a field of 19 players competed. Oliver Kayende won clear first followed closely by a 3-way tie for 2nd (2.5/3). Even though this was a long month (5 club meetings) and over 50 players participated, the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), ended in a four-way between J. Custodio, O. Underwood, I. Turner and T. Moore (3/5). In the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-swiss rounds, G/3 +2), 22 players fought over the board with Larry Gilden taking clear first (8/10) followed closely by Justin Paul (7.5/10). Due to church construction issues, the ACC Action Plus tournament was not held this month.
Svidler wins incredible 8th Russian Championship; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
23 years after winning his 1st Russian Championship as an 18-year-old Peter Svidler is now an 8-time Champion after defeating Nikita Vitiugov in a playoff finish. He picked up the 1 million rouble top prize, will get a Renault Captur car in January and also returned to the World Top 10 at the age of 41. 19-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina is just starting out, but at this rate may match Peter someday. She already has her 2nd Russian title after beating Natalia Pogonina in a thrilling finish to the women’s event.
Alpha Zero: Comparing "Orangutans and Apples"; By André Schulz; ChessBase
In time for the start of the London Chess Classic DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google, published a remarkable report about the success of their "Machine Learning" project Alpha Zero. Alpha Zero is a chess program and won a 100 game match against Stockfish by a large margin. But some questions remain. Reactions from chess professionals and fans.
Houdini wins TCEC Superfinal; By Stephan Oliver Platz; ChessBase
Interview: Houdini Author: Chessdom
In recent years the TCEC tournament has turned into the unofficial Computer Chess World Championship. This year Houdini and Komomo made it to the final, a 100 game match. But even before all 100 games were played Houdini decided the match in its favour. In an interview during the match the programmers of Komodo and Houdini revealed their views on current developments in computer chess.
All London Chess Classic interviews; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase
The official Grand Chess Tour webcast is a treasure trove of information, and the best, most convenient way to hear directly from the players after nearly every game. But at five hours or more, it can be tiresome to scan through each days full show to find the interesting guests spots. No more! We've pinpointed every major interview for one-click access.
New format for Grand Chess Tour 2018; By Pein, Khodarkovsky, and Rich; ChessBase
The organizers of the Grand Chess Tour announced changes to the format for 2018, including a new format for next year's London Chess Classic. The traditional classical tournament will be replaced by a semi-final and final held in mid-December that will combine classical, rapid and blitz chess over six days. The change is being made to make the tour final more dynamic, accentuate the purpose of the GCT's "Universal Rating" system (combining all three disciplines) and avoid conflict with the World Championship which will be also held in London from November 9th to 28th.
AlphaZero: Reactions From Top GMs, Stockfish Author; By Peter Doggers; Chess.com
AlphaZero's Great Predecessors: Chess.com
How Does It Play Chess?: Chess.com
The news about AlphaZero beating Stockfish 64-36 without a single loss after just four hours of self-training has shocked the chess world. Chess.com has early reactions from the London Chess Classic participants and from one of the original authors of Stockfish.
The Tsar, Matilda and the Russian Chess Championship; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase
If you are bored with the turn of events in London classic (with only two decisive games in five rounds), look into Russian "superfinal", where the clash between hungry young talents, seeking to make a name for themselves, and experienced players such as seven-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler. So far the tournament has created a lot of decisive and creative games, and dramatics moments to delight spectators and chess fans alike.
Google's AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match; By Mike Klein; Chess.com
Chess changed forever today. And maybe the rest of the world did, too. A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero has obliterated the highest-rated chess engine. Stockfish, which for most top players is their go-to preparation tool, and which won the 2016 TCEC Championship and the 2017 Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, didn't stand a chance. AlphaZero won the closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to "learn" chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run.
The future is here – AlphaZero learns chess; By Albert Silver; ChessBase
Imagine this: you tell a computer system how the pieces move — nothing more. Then you tell it to learn to play the game. And a day later — yes, just 24 hours — it has figured it out to the level that beats the strongest programs in the world convincingly! DeepMind, the company that recently created the strongest Go program in the world, turned its attention to chess, and came up with this spectacular result.
DeepMind’s AlphaZero crushes chess; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
20 years after DeepBlue defeated Garry Kasparov in a match, chess players have awoken to a new revolution. The AlphaZero algorithm developed by Google and DeepMind took just four hours of playing against itself to synthesise the chess knowledge of one and a half millennium and reach a level where it not only surpassed humans but crushed the reigning World Computer Champion Stockfish 28 wins to 0 in a 100-game match. All the brilliant stratagems and refinements that human programmers used to build chess engines have been outdone, and like Go players we can only marvel at a wholly new approach to the game.
November Wrap-Up; By ACC President
ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game.
Most notably this month, the club held a Blindfold Simulultaneous Matchon November 11, 2017, with the widely recognized Blindfold King, GM Timur Gareyev. GM Gareyev was very generous to ACC with his time as he also gave a Small Group lesson to 11 players on October 4th and dropped by the Friday club meeting on October 6th for another impromptu lecture.
The GM is originally from Uzbekistan and has held the rank of the 3rd highest rated chess player in the US with a peak USCF rating of 2780. He is best known for his exceptional Blindfold Chess playing ability. Blindfold chess is where the player has no sight of the chess board or position of the pieces on the board. He broke the world record in number of opponents (48) for a blindfold simul in Las Vegas in December of last year.
He is also a very active and successful GM having won the recent Atlantic Open with final round wins over local players LM Andrew Samuelson, WIM Jennifer Yu and GM Sergey Erenberg. See more on this performance at this webpage on the US Chess Federation website. For the ACC event, GM Timur Gareyev discussed blindfold simuls and took general Q&A for about an hour before taking on all challengers in the Blindfold Simul match. Unlike most simuls where players move when the GM comes to their board, GM Gareyev remained blindfolded and exercising on a stationary bike while a "Mover" took care of making the physical moves for the GM on each board. In an unusual move, the GM played Black on all boards and, unlike normal simuls, all players were put on a clock instead of getting 3 "passes."
The GM's record in the 16 games played at ACC was 15 wins and 1 draw, which he gave to young Ronen Wilson. Ronen said, "It was an honor to play the Blindfold King. I felt really good that I was able to get a draw." Ronen's dad noted, "It was a rare and thrilling experience playing Timur - he is a great guy and a wonderful ambassador for Chess." The GM offered one other draw, to yours truly, but the offer was declined to see how the game unfolded (I lost on time). For my part, I was amazed how quickly the GM moved from move-to-move and board-to-board, as he averaged about 1-2 minutes on each move throughout the match. Game scores from the Simul can be found in the latest edition of the VA Chess Federation newsletter.
Separately, in a short month, due to the Turkey Day holiday, the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), only had about 45 players compete for the Ladder Prize with young newcomer Donovan Chong grabbing first place (3/3). In a field of 14 players in the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Andrew Samuelson and Zachary Martin split first place (2.5/3) followed closely by 5 players a half point behind them (2/3). In the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) Andrew Samuelson tied with Larry Gilden (4/5) amongst low turnout with Yobo Chen and Sam Schenk tying for 3rd (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Brian Tay tied for first with Barzin Badiee (4/5) followed by a 3-way tie for third place. Finally, with the truncated number of playing dates, the ACC Blitz tournament was not held in November.
World Championship 2018 to be in London; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase
Magnus Carlsen will defend his World Championship title in a 12-game match to be held in London from November 9th to 28th, 2018, World Chess confirmed today. He will play the winner of the Candidates tournament to be held in Berlin in March.
Mamedyarov & Grischuk take final Candidates spots; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk have qualified for the 2018 Candidates Tournament after their rivals failed in their missions at the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. Both Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov could ultimately have qualified with last-round wins, but Maxime went down in flames to Dmitry Jakovenko while Teimour inexplicably offered a draw in a playable position against Richard Rapport. Mamedyarov and Grischuk therefore join Aronian, Caruana, So, Kramnik, Ding Liren and Karjakin as contenders to be Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger.
Tari & Abdumalik 2017 World Junior Champions; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
18-year-old Aryan Tari has won the 2017 World Junior Championship in Tarvisio, Italy so that we now have two Norwegian World Champions. He held his nerve in a tense last-round clash with top seed Jorden van Foreest, while 12-year-old Praggnanandhaa couldn’t get anything with Black against Rasmus Svane and had to settle for fourth place despite a brilliant tournament. Manuel Petrosyan and Aravindh sneaked into the medal places after slow starts. 17-year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik took the girls title by a full point,
TCEC: Superfinal Houdini vs Komodo; By Stephan Oliver Platz; ChessBase
Over the years the "Thoresen Chess Engines Competition" (TCEC) has become the unofficial Computer World Championship and the very best programs start in this tournament. After two qualifiers, season 10 now finishes with the superfinal in which Komodo faces Houdini. They play 100 games against each other, and the games are shared live on PlayChess. As a bonus, we bring you a brief modern history of computer chess.
Stockfish Wins Chess.com Computer Championship; By "Pete;" Chess.com
The powerful, open-source chess engine Stockfish narrowly beat out two strong commercial engines to win the first Chess.com Computer Chess Championship this week. Stockfish placed clear first in the 10-engine round robin to reach the superfinal, and then edged the second-place Houdini in the rapid, blitz, and bullet finals to win the championship, which was shown on Chess.com's live server Nov. 13 through 16.
Carlsen & Ding Liren in Champions Showdown; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
World Champion Magnus Carlsen will play 30 rapid and blitz games against Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren in a 4-day match in St. Louis as part of the Champions Showdown. The prize fund is $100,000 with $60,000 for the winner, but that’s just one of four matches, as Hikaru Nakamura takes on Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana plays Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So faces Leinier Dominguez.
The land of Gandhi invites you for World Youth (U-16) Olympiad 2017; By Sagar Shah; ChessBase
The World Youth Olympiad (under-16) will be held in India in the city of Ahmedabad from the 10th to 19th of December 2017. Already 17 teams have registered for the event. India is fielding their strongest team which includes GM Aryan Chopra and two of the biggest talents R. Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin. Will there be any team to stop the hosts? In this article you get all the information about the event and also get to know why from a tourist point of view, Gujarat is one of the most scenic destinations in the country.
October Wrap-Up; By ACC President
ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game.
In big news, on Saturday November 11th, Timur will play a BlindFold Simul at the Arlington Chess Club - Claim Your Spot and Register Early! Come check this event out!
Timur is a Super-GM topping out at 2780 and currently in the high 2600s. He has made a name for himself by holding BlindFold Simuls and last December (2016), he set the world record for playing 48 opponents on the way to winning 35 of the games and drawing over half of the rest.
In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize with young Tony Lin grabbing first place (3.5/5) a full point ahead of X. Jian and M. Hiban (2.5/5). Of the 12 players in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Larry Gilden held off the opposition to win first place (7.5/10) a half point ahead of young Geoffrey Davis (7/10) and a full point ahead of 3-way tie for 3rd place. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Ken Chieu has returned to ACC events after a long hiatus to start collecting wins including running the boards against 11 other players to secure 1st place (3/3) ahead of a 3-way tie for 2nd place (2/3) by A. Indusekar, V. Guzman and Richard A. Allen (also returning after a long hiatus). And finally, in the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) we had a super low turnout as only 28 players slogged it out with Andrew Samuelson sweeping the opposition (5/5) in the Premier section to finish a full point and a half ahead of Zack Martin and Jason Liang who tied for 2nd place. In the U1700 section, Andy Chang won clear first (4/5) a half point ahead of Steven Scala and Isaac Stevens who tied for 2nd place(3.5/5). All in all, a busy month in which fun was had by all!
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Vladas Mikėnas, Grandmaster Killer; By Staff; Chess24
Vladas Mikėnas was active in top level chess for five decades. He met all the World Champions from Lasker to Kasparov, beat Alekhine, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Smyslov and Tal, represented Lithuania on top board at five Olympiads and played in ten USSR Championships. Besides playing himself he was a theoretician, coached Keres and worked as an arbiter at such high profile events as the 1985 Karpov-Kasparov match. Laurynas Barkauskas’ article on a legend of Baltic chess covers Mikėnas' “immortal game” and some anecdotes about his encounters with top players.
Which is the best game of 2017?; By André Schulz; ChessBase
In 2017 many fantastic games were played. We have selected ten of the best. What's your pick for game of the year? Vote for your favorite!
Which is the endgame of the year?; By André Schulz; ChessBase
Vote for the best endgame of 2017! As the year comes to a close, we are once again looking for the chess events and personalities of the year, more precisely here, move of the year, the game of the year, the endgame of the year, and the player of the year. Join in and vote for your favorites.
Beware Of Undefended Pieces; By Jeremy Silman; Chess.com
Players from 1600 all the way down to beginner dream of hitting the 2000 mark but, alas, they rarely even get close. Most look at chess books, though they often find that their book isn’t very helpful. Others just play a lot of blitz, hoping that experience will carry them to the promised land. And others think that their chess books were okay, though their rating doesn’t move an inch. Frustrating, isn’t it? Allow me to help you escape this rut. Ready? Okay, here we go: Put the books down! Ignore the authorities. In fact, before doing all the stuff everyone recommends, you first need to fix the most deepest, darkest problems in your game.
What was the move of 2017?; By André Schulz; ChessBase
As 2017 comes to a close, we are once again looking for the chess events and personalities of the year, more precisely here, move of the year, the game of the year, the endgame of the year, and the player of the year. Join in and vote for your favorites. First up: Move of the year!
FIDE's Riyadh Gambit; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase
The World Rapid Championship attracted significant international media attention as it began on Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but the focus was mostly centred around the absence of Women's World Rapid and Blitz Champion Anna Muzychuk, and all players from Israel, who were denied visas to travel to the country.
John Nunn puzzles – the solutions; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase
A little over a week ago we told you about the activities of our English friend, mathematician, grandmaster, author and publisher. He is also a world champion chess problem solver, and a composer – which is why we gave you a selection of his problems and studies. Today, as a Christmas puzzle week present, you get the solutions, annotated by John, as well as the answers to his logical and mathematical problems. And the lovely knight tour questions. Only one reader solved a majority of the tasks, and he gets the personally dedicated book from John.
Pal Benko's Christmas problems; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase
Every year Pal Benko, grandmaster, former World Championship candidate, and one of the best problem composers in the world, sends our readers very special seasonal greetings. They come in the form of chess problems in which the pieces represent figures – this time a Christmas tree and candles. It is the start of our Christmas puzzle week, which we bring you for the eighteenth year in succession. Prepare for puzzles that cannot be easily solved with a computer, tasks which require you to think all by yourself. And a nostalgic look to the past.
Morozevich on trying things other than chess; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Alexander Morozevich is still only 40, but in recent years has been missing from the very highest level of chess. In a new interview he reveals that while not abandoning chess he took the life decision to try out new things rather than continuing to devote himself entirely to the game. He also talks about the 2018 Candidates Tournament, Carlsen and the young generation of Russian players, noting that Vladislav Artemiev struck him as the most talented but has struggled to build on that talent in the last three years.
A Short trip to Kyrgyzstan; By Alexandra Samaganova; ChessBase
Nigel Short got to cross another country off his already impressive list (now at 123 countries at last check) as he made his first foray to Kyrgyzstan in November at the invitation of MiniChess Central Asia. Alexandra Samanagova's photo report shows a jam-packed five day tour.
Mamedyarov ends 2017 on new high; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will go into 2018 with a new lifetime best official rating of 2804 after starring as the Kings beat the Princes in the classical section of the Nutcracker Battle of the Generations. The world no. 3 scored three wins and was close to four, but the Kings were prevented from sealing the match by Sergei Rublevsky losing to Andrey Esipenko, Grigoriy Oparin and Vladislav Artemiev. Eight rounds of rapid chess will now decide the match.
The Secret of Chess (?); By David Smerdon; ChessBase
Other chess reviewers have been at best dismissal and at worst harshly critical of The Secret of Chess, by Lyudmil Tsvetkov. However, according to GM David Smerdon, this book is a one of a kind work that legitimately has the potential to revolutionize how we think about chess.
Interview: Svidler; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Peter Svidler recently won the Russian Championship for an 8th time, setting a record that’s going to be extremely tough to beat. Afterwards he gave a fascinating interview to Fontanka.ru where he discussed not only the latest championship but his first successes in the 1990s, how his university career was cut short, his first encounter with Garry Kasparov and how Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s alleged alien abduction affected chess.
Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer; By Jeremy Silman; Chess.com
Geller was a fantastic opening theoretician and, as a result, he was a master of many openings, with the Sicilian (on both sides!) being his main money-earner. He has played a zillion Sicilians from both sides of the board. So, instead of overwhelming you with hundreds of Sicilian pages, I’ll show you how Geller played the Sicilian by posting all of his decisive games against Fischer.
Vlastimil Hort remembers Vasja Pirc; By Vlastimil Hort; ChessBase
Vasja Pirc was born 110 years ago today. His name is immortalised in the opening theory, but the man himself is almost forgotten, although the Slovenian history professor was at times one of the best players in the world. Vlastimil Hort has met the wine-lover and remembers.
Alleged Cheater Expelled From Spanish Tournament; By Peter Doggers; Chess.com
An amateur chess player was expelled from a chess tournament in Benidorm, Spain after an electronic device similar to a TV remote control was found in his pants. The player, who was a participant of the B tournament for players with an Elo below 2000, was checked by arbiters after suspicions of possible cheating. At times his games had shown a level of play much higher than is rating.
Nunn problems: solutions and compositions; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase
Last week we gave you some interesting problems to solve, today we bring you the solutions thereof. And some logical puzzles, which the veteran Super-GM gave us during spectacular walks along the cliffs of Cornwall. For some we need mathematical assistance and invite our readers to provide this. Finally a selection of prize-winning compositions, published over the years, by John Nunn himself. If you do participate there is a a very nice personal prize to win.
A year of Perpetual Chess (Podcast) ; By Macauley Peterson; ChessBase
Chess podcasting is still in its infancy, even as the medium as a whole gains mainstream adoption. In the past year, Ben Johnson's Perpetual Chess Pod has racked up and impressive guest list and a dedicated fan following. This week Ben released his 51st episode and the first episode dropped a year ago on December 15th, 2016.
Efim Geller, Killer On The Chessboard; By Jeremy Silman; Chess.com
Lately I’ve experienced the same thing when I talk to young (10 to 20 years old) chess players: Have you read Eugene Znosko-Borovsky’s books? — “What is a Borovsky?” Have you studied the games of Leonid Stein? — “Who?” How about Isaac Boleslavsky? — “A bowl of what?” In my mind, if you don’t know all the greats from the past, then you’re missing the heart and soul of what chess is about.
Hort interviews Geurt Gijssen; By Vlastimil Hort; ChessBase
Geurt Gijssen is one of the most renowned chess arbiters and during his active time witnessed many dramatic and historical moments of chess history. In an interview Vlastimil Hort asked the veteran arbiter about his career, his passion for chess, and his take on incidents and scandals in recent chess history.
Interview: Nepomniachtchi ; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
After a tough year Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi scored a triumph in the London Chess Classic, finishing tied for first and sharing the prize money with Fabiano Caruana before missing out on the trophy in the playoff. He gave an interview afterwards where he talked about the tournament, why Magnus Carlsen has stopped dominating in the way he used to and why he’s not as impressed with AlphaZero as some of his colleagues.
The Most Beautiful Chess Book; By Anna Rudolph; Chess.com
It's a chess book like no other, a visual tribute to the royal game. The book is 208 pages of Fedrigoni paper filled with tension in the eyes of silent protagonists. Club players, Olympic members, world champions. All focused, deep in thought, pondering their next move over the black and white board. I met the author, the renowned chess photographer David Llada in Madrid to ask him about his journey toward chess photography and the publication that is now called the most beautiful chess book ever printed: the Thinkers.
Kasparov on Deep Learning in chess; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase
Garry Kasparov's match against the IBM computer Deep Blue was considered a milestone in Artificial Intelligence, a watershed moment. But was it really that? Kasparov has written a number of best-selling books on chess and other subjects, but his latest work, Deep Thinking, could be the most important one. It puts his 1997 defeat at the hands of a brute force computer and the latest development of self-learning systems into perspective. Who do you think is the ideal person to review this book?
Andrey Filatov on FIDE elections; By Oleg Bogatov; R-Sport via ChessDom
Four or five candidates may run for President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in the election to be held at the General Assembly of the organization in 2018, the President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) Andrey Filatov told R-Sport. The election will be held during the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. The permanent president of the organization since 1995 is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who earlier announced his decision to run again.
The Ugly Castle; By Gregory Serper; Chess.com
Even beginners know that castling is a very important part of an opening strategy since it moves your king away from the center into a comfortable home created by a rook and three pawns. But what if the new king's house is not so cozy, since the roof provided by the three pawns has a huge hole in it?
The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records; By Sam Copeland; Chess.com
Records inspire us all to strive for greatness. The long legacy of chess has birthed some records which have stood for decades, and some that may well stand for centuries. Here are seven of the most amazing chess records ever etched into history.
Morocco Chess Federation hit with corruption troubles; By Diana Mihajlova; ChessBase
Part 2: Chessbase
The Royal Morocco Chess Federation has been in discord since members of its governing body raised the alarm over impropriety on the part of its leadership, including the disappearance of the equivalent of $200,000 US Dollars. Diana Mihajlova reports on a host of allegations which have beset the federation's president Mustapha Amazzal. This is part one of a two-part chronicle.
How Can An Expert Become A Master?; By Jeremy Silman; Chess.com
I’ve had students in the 2000-to-2200 range who gave up chess completely when they entered university or college. Then, once they got a degree, they might return to the game or toss it away permanently. Of course, many strong players in university or college continue to play in tournaments or for their school’s team.
John Nunn these days; By Frederic Friedel; ChessBase
At 15 he was Oxford University's youngest undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsey in 1520; and at 23 he did his doctorate in algebraic topology — and achieved his final grandmaster norm. He went on to become one of the top ten players in the world, and a world champion chess problem solver. Today John Nunn, at 62, is slowly gliding into retirement (from his chess publishing business), but that does not mean sitting idly around. He is addicted to rational thinking, puzzles, mathematics and beautiful vacations.
How XiangQi can improve your chess; By Davide Nastasio; ChessBase
Caruana, Ivanchuk, Nielsen are all learning and playing different forms of chess to keep their chess at the top in terms of interest and creativity. In this article you'll discover a form of chess played by more than 100 million Chinese just in China, but also in many other countries in the world like: Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan etc. It's very easy to learn, but like the version most dear to our hearts, it takes a lifetime to master! Here's the backstory from Davide Nastasio plus five reasons chess players specifically should play XiangQi.
Pillsbury: enormous talent, early death; By André Schulz; ChessBase
Henry Nelson Pillsbury was one of the strongest players of his time who never became World Champion. He impressed his contemporaries with his fantastic memory and his amazing blindfold exhibitions. He died at only 33 years of age from syphilis, and suffering from mental illness. Today, December 5, 2017, would be his 145th birthday.
Vera Menchik, A Biography; By Davide Nastasio; ChessBase
A biography on the first Women's World Champion Vera Menchik offers the chance to know more about the chess world of nearly 100 years ago. Women in chess have a rich history, and this book paints a great historical portrait, showing us beautiful games played by Miss Menchik against top chess players of her day. Davide Nastasio has the review.