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The Internet Chess Club (ICC) and the United States Chess Federation (USCF) are delighted to announce the start of USCF online rated tournaments on the ICC.
Posted: August 12, 2019, 2:52 am
Congrats to our August 2015 CL cover star Carissa Yip, who earned a silver medal at the World Youth in Greece. Congrats also to Justin Wang, David Peng and Agata Bykovtsev, who all earned bronze medals.
Posted: November 5, 2015, 12:30 pm
GM Alejandro Ramirez reports on the progress of Team USA in Porto Carras, Greece as the medal race intensifies.
Posted: November 3, 2015, 1:39 pm
The tenth annual transatlantic match between UT Dallas and University of Belgrade goes down on Friday, November 6th. The match features six GMs on the UTD side, including UTD board #1 Aleksandar Indjic ,who will be facing IM Nikola Nestorovic.
Posted: November 3, 2015, 12:29 pm
GM Alejandro Ramirez, one of the coaches at the World Youth Championship in Greece, writes about the first couple rounds of the intense competition, and some Dragon preparation that worked out perfectly.
Posted: October 27, 2015, 7:01 am
130 players from across the United States have arrived in Halkidiki, Greece, for the 2015 World Youth Chess Championships, October 24 - November 6. The US has the largest delegation for this event which has attracted 1600 players from 91 countries.
Posted: October 26, 2015, 2:50 am
The largest World Youth delegation in US Chess history is arriving in Greece this weekend for ten days of intense competition.
Posted: October 24, 2015, 12:13 am
In the first stage of the Women's Grand Prix in Monaco, Hou Yifan took a commanding lead. Vanessa West looks at key moments from her triumph.
Posted: October 23, 2015, 10:57 am
GM Ian Rogers writes about the pleasures of chess by train, a tournament which began in 2011. This year's edition was won by GM Lars Karlsson, while US GM Julio Sadorra was the top seed.
Posted: October 22, 2015, 12:09 pm
GM Cristian Chrila ruminates on the second edition of Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas, illustrated with beautiful portraits from David Llada and key moments from Chirila's games.
Posted: October 19, 2015, 11:03 pm

As she endured a difficult recovery from Covid-19, the grandmaster Irina Krush thrived in competition and found familiar support from others in the game.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 7:00 am
The world’s top chess players are competing online with in-person tournaments shut down. Millions of amateurs are joining in, too.
Posted: May 8, 2020, 8:23 pm
How to use video conferencing to play traditional, real-life board games with people who are sheltering in different places.
Posted: April 14, 2020, 7:56 pm
A former model, she stood out in the chess world for her glamour in what is often thought of as an unglamorous game.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 9:08 pm
Smartphones, buzzers, even yogurt — chess has nearly seen it all in both live and online tournaments. And just as in baseball, technology only makes it harder to root out.
Posted: March 15, 2020, 7:00 am
American embassies appeared to sympathize with an Iranian woman who feared returning to Iran after an image of her looking like she was not wearing a hijab circulated online.
Posted: February 1, 2020, 6:42 pm
Shohreh Bayat said she was afraid of returning to Iran after an image of her at a chess tournament abroad seemed to show her not wearing a hijab.
Posted: January 15, 2020, 10:32 pm
Chess helps answer the perennial human question, “What should I do next?”
Posted: November 4, 2019, 11:00 am
In 1970 Mr. Benko qualified for the world chess championship cycle but, past his peak as a competitive player, ceded his place to the much younger Mr. Fischer.
Posted: August 26, 2019, 9:08 pm
Mr. Lyman was a high-ranked player who was drafted to provide live commentary of the celebrated chess match in 1972. The show became an improbable hit.
Posted: August 20, 2019, 9:00 am

To celebrate the first International Chess Day, on 20 July (10:00-12:00 EST), Chess players, United Nations and governments officials, permanent missions to the UN, representatives of civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders will attend and participate in a High-Level Virtual Event – “Chess for Recovering Better”. Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual [...]
Author: Editor
Posted: July 20, 2020, 5:16 am
The key stages of the Top Chess Engine Championship Season 17 are now live at the official website of the competition. The Premier Division kicked off with a game between the current Grand Champion Stockfish and the newcomer to the division Ethereal (replay the game here). Format of the Premier Division This year the Premier Division [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: March 17, 2020, 8:52 pm
The Top Chess Engine Championship TCEC is going to start in about 10 days time. And it is going to be amazing! TCEC S17 will have a solid hardware upgrade, a new adjusted format and a new structure, a dedicated news website with a merchandising section and more.   Hardware upgrades for TCEC CPU server [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: December 21, 2019, 6:08 pm
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 20 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: JO Performance Hall Four Board match between UT Dallas, Texas Tech and UT Rio Grande Valley. Each school will have their ‘A’ Team and ‘B’ Team playing. Winner gets to keep the prestigious Super Final trophy for one year. Sat. Opening Ceremony [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: October 19, 2019, 2:17 pm
Season 16 of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts this Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST. A total of 18 engines will battle for six promotion spots in the newly formed Qualification Division. Among them are three Neural Networks – ScorpioNN, ChessFighterNN, and Stoofvlees. Their main competitors are the seasoned engines Rodent, Wasp, chess22k, and [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: July 13, 2019, 12:24 pm
TCEC Season 16 is going to start Sunday July 14th at 15:00 CEST with the participation of the strongest computer chess software. For the first time ever a Neural Network – Leela Chess Zero aka Lc0 – will defend both a league title and a Cup title. TCEC Season 16 will feature a new format. [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: July 3, 2019, 1:28 pm
Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez Reading, UK and Maryland, USA Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk This is the latest in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage, and at the bottom you will find a link to the full layouted article in pdf [...]
Author: kanchess
Posted: June 23, 2019, 12:46 am
The Russian chess player Aleksandra Goryachkina won the Women Candidates Chess 2019 with two rounds to spare. The youngest participant of the tournament finished with 9.5 points out of 14 and secured the right to play the Women’s World Championship Match against the Women`s World Champion Ju Wenjun (China). The prize fund of the coming championship match is 500,000 [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: June 18, 2019, 10:37 pm
Written by Guy Haworth and Nelson Hernandez Reading, UK and Maryland, USA [Corresponding author: g.haworth@reading.ac.uk] This is the next article in our series of analytical articles on past TCEC events. The main text can be read below on this webpage; to view the full layouted article in pdf format, including the important tables, graphs and [...]
Author: kanchess
Posted: May 30, 2019, 11:08 am
TCEC Cup starts Monday at 19:00 UTC
Author: chessdom
Posted: April 27, 2019, 12:39 pm

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