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  • Meet the Dubai Policeman Who Is Also the Arab World's Chess Champion

    06/26/2021 2:25:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Emirati grandmaster Salem Salah plays world champion Magnus Carlsen on Saturday, and could win $100,000Emirati chess champion Salem Salah is preparing for a speed chess tournament on Saturday, when he'll come up against the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen. Antonie Robertson / The National It was clear from a young age that Salem Saleh had startling talent, and an extraordinary mind. The Arab chess prodigy started winning professional championships aged only 10, and was named a grandmaster by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) when he was 16, a title currently held by 1,721 other players in the world. As Arab...
  • ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Demonstrates The Strength Of Friendship In Adversity [Spoiler Alert]

    11/19/2020 1:31:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 19, 2020 | Mitch Hall
    Netflix’s new limited series, “The Queen’s Gambit,” leads the site’s top ten most popular list for the third straight week since its late October premiere, making it one of the platform’s most-watched shows of 2020. This feat is all the more impressive considering the steep competition among streaming providers this year. Adapted from Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel and brought to life by veteran screenwriters Scott Frank and Allan Scott, the mini-series depicts the unexpectedly cutthroat world of 1960s chess against the lavish backdrop of the Cold War era, when chess boards were just another arena in which rival nations competed...
  • YouTube censors CHESS channel because it thought it was being racist

    06/28/2020 10:21:50 PM PDT · by RandFan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 28 | Mark Dice
    @MarkDice YouTube has taken down a video from a chess channel because it appears the A.I. detected language in the video about black vs white chess pieces and thought the guy was being racist! (Not a joke). Here's the poor dude's video explaining the details:
  • Youtube Takes Down CHESS PODCAST for Being HARMFUL or DANGEROUS [agadmator channel - 06/28/20]

    06/28/2020 6:27:14 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 47 replies
    youtube ^ | 06/28/2020 | agadmator
    Agadmator runs an extremely popular chess-only youtube channel / subscription and it has been on with no problems for YEARS. He has a deffinite accent so I think he is of (a guess) slavic ancestry but speaks fluent English. Has done thousands(?) of game analysis for eras from Paul Morphy to current world Grand Master Magnus Carlsen. He was doing an interactive podcast when he got blocked by Youtube about an hour in. An immediate protest was almost immediately denied. Most likely an algorithm / bot, but an increasingly obvious hyper-sensitive Youtube habit.
  • Sydney radio station asks if chess is racist because white always moves first

    Former Australian chess representative John Adams has hammered a Sydney radio station for asking if chess is racist because white always moves first. Adams revealed on Tuesday he’d received a call from a producer at ABC Sydney asking if he’d contribute to a segment on racism in chess that will hit the airwaves on Wednesday. “They called me up and asked whether I was the John Adams involved in chess,” Adams told The Daily Telegraph.
  • Top chess personalities slam ABC for questioning if chess is 'racist' [i.e. Australian Broadcasting Corporation]

    06/26/2020 9:09:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 24, 2020 12:19 | Zachary Keyser
    After an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Sydney radio station posed the question if chess is racist because it’s customary for the white pieces to move first, Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov and former Australian chess representative John Adams took to Twitter to slam the notion, calling it “bull—” and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Adams noted that ABC contacted him to make a comment on the segment, which is intended to run Wednesday. “They called me up and asked whether I was the John Adams involved in chess,” Adams told the Daily Telegraph. “Then they said with everything going on,...
  • John Adams slams ABC Sydney radio show for discussion over whether chess is ‘racist’

    06/24/2020 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 65 replies ^ | 06/24/20 | Nic Savage
    Former Australian chess representative John Adams has slammed the ABC for organising a radio segment discussing whether the popular board game is racist. Professional economist Adams received a call from a Sydney-based ABC producer on Tuesday asking whether the game was racist because white always moves first. “I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess,” Adams posted to Twitter. “The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! “They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules...
  • A Distraction While Quarantined: THE CHESS CANDIDATES' TOURNAMENT HAS BEGUN!

    03/17/2020 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 20 replies ^ | 3/17/20
    2 instant leaders after first round
  • Filipino-American Wesley So wins world Fischer Random chess title, topples No. 1 Magnus Carlsen

    11/03/2019 7:06:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 11/03/2019 | Bong Lozada
    Wesley So stunned World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen to win the inaugural World Fishcer Random Chess Championship at Henie Onstad Center in Norway Sunday (Manila time). The Filipino-American grandmaster, who now represents the United States, swept Carlsen 13.5-2.5 and started off the match defending with the black. “I’m very happy, it’s my favorite type of chess and it hasn’t been popular until the last couple of years,” So told “Magnus had a bad couple of days; if it was regular chess he would’ve beaten me easily.” “To me, mainly chess is art—that’s why I like Fishcer Random a lot;...
  • Al-Baghdadi and Trump’s Syrian chess board

    11/03/2019 6:17:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 11-1-19 | Caroline Glick
    US President Donald Trump’s many critics insist he has no idea what he is doing in Syria. The assassination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend by US special forces showed this criticism is misplaced. Trump has a very good idea of what he is doing in Syria, not only regarding ISIS, but regarding the diverse competing actors on the ground. Regarding ISIS, the obvious lesson of the al-Baghdadi raid is that Trump’s critics’ claim that his withdrawal of US forces from Syria’s border with Turkey meant that he was going to allow ISIS to regenerate was...
  • The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving

    09/13/2019 8:34:54 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    IT SEEMS ABSURD. How could two humans -- seated for hours, exerting themselves in no greater manner than intermittently extending their arms a foot at a time -- face physical demands? Still, the evidence overwhelms. The 1984 World Chess Championship was called off after five months and 48 games because defending champion Anatoly Karpov had lost 22 pounds. "He looked like death," grandmaster and commentator Maurice Ashley recalls. In 2004, winner Rustam Kasimdzhanov walked away from the six-game world championship having lost 17 pounds. In October 2018, Polar, a U.S.-based company that tracks heart rates, monitored chess players during a...
  • Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after [tr]

    07/12/2019 9:32:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2019 | Leon Watson
    The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet using a mobile phone during a tournament. Police are investigating after Igors Rausis, who has represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, was caught 'red-handed' in France, the game's governing body Fide said. Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves. Rausis, aged 58, had aroused suspicion by reaching the game's top echelon at an age most players decline in strength.
  • Iran Demands Full Withdrawal of American Forces from Middle East

    06/25/2019 11:51:44 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 25, 2019 | Edwin Mora
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif this week demanded that the United States pull its troops out of the Persian Gulf region, arguing that such a move is “fully in line” with the interest of America and the world. His comments, made via his official Twitter account on Monday, came amid skyrocketing U.S.-Iran tensions, mainly stemming from Tehran’s decision to shoot down an American drone this month. The incident is bringing the two countries closer to a military conflict. Both have warned they are ready for war. “[U.S. President Donald Trump] is 100% right that the US military has no...
  • Mueller investigated whether Trump attended a 2016 chess championship alongside Russians

    04/21/2019 2:51:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | 21 April 2019 | Allan Smith
    Buried in special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-plus page report is the question of whether then-president-elect Donald Trump attended a 2016 championship chess tournament — an event that came under scrutiny as Mueller probed possible collusion between Trump's orbit and the Russian government. Although Trump said he did not attend the event, he told Mueller in written answers that he became "aware of documents indicating" that then-president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov — a sanctioned Russian power player — invited the Trump Organization in March 2016 to host the tournament at Trump Tower. "I do not remember having...
  • Homeless 8-y-o Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram wins NY chess championship, donations pour in

    03/19/2019 11:24:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2019 | Leonardo Blair
    Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in to help find a home for a homeless 8-year-old Christian refugee who fled persecution with his family from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, after he beat wealthier competitors to win New York State’s primary chess championship. The boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is affectionately called Tani, is currently living with his family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan and only started playing chess just over a year ago, according to an op-ed by The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. Tani who is the new state chess king of the kindergarten through...
  • Eight-year-old Homeless Refugee who fled Violence in Nigeria is Crowned the Chess Champion [Trunc]

    03/17/2019 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Cecily · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 17, 2019 | Jennifer Smith
    An eight-year-old boy who fled Nigeria with his family and is now living in a homeless shelter in New York City while his asylum application pends has been crowned the state's chess champion for his age group. Tanitoluwa Adewumi won the state tournament for his group, from kindergarten through third grade, last weekend. The boy and his family fled their home in Nigeria in 2017 in fear for their lives and have been living in a homeless shelter ever since while their application for asylum pends.
  • World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen retains title after tiebreakers against American, Caruana

    11/30/2018 10:34:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    DW ^ | 11/29/2018
    After a series of tense draws over the last few weeks, reigning champion Magnus Carlsen stepped up to win 3-0 in the deciding tiebreakers on Wednesday in London. The Norwegian has held the world title since 2013. After 13 games and nearly 50 hours of play, the deadlock at the 2018 World Chess Championship was finally broken when Magnus Carlsen ground out a victory in the opening tiebreaker, forcing challenger Fabiano Caruana to resign after 55 moves. A little over two hours and two wins later, Carlsen was able to shake hands on a fourth world title, one that had...
  • World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

    11/04/2018 3:20:40 PM PST · by fhayek · 32 replies ^ | 10/8/18 | Peter Doggers
    We've had the Candidates and the Olympiad, but the biggest event of 2018 is yet to come. In 32 days, the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will start in London. Let's start early and provide you with all the information:
  • Trump and Bobby Fischer Discuss 3D Chess Strategy on Beating the Deep State (fake image)

    08/25/2018 5:19:18 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/25/2018 | PoconoPundit
    Recently I was reminded of the Fischer vs. Spassky chess match my brothers and I watched on TV in 1972.  Actually there was no live broadcast, but commentators gave a running analysis as each move was made.  It turned out to be quite fun -- a pre-runner of Periscope -- four decades before social media took off. Does anybody out there remember this?! I explored photos of Fischer and Trump's 1970s publicity shots and wondered if I could create an imaginery meeting between the two.  This is the result. I read up about Fischer for this vanity and discovered...
  • Trump to remain 'uninvolved,' won't declassify FISA documents despite House request (tr)

    07/23/2018 3:42:12 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 July 2018 | Gregg Re
    President Trump will not immediately grant House Republicans' request to declassify and publicize currently redacted sections of the recently released FISA application used by the FBI to justify the surveillance of an ex-Trump aide, the White House said Monday. Republicans on the House intelligence committee asked Trump last month to declassify portions of the surveillance warrant application for Page, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The heavily redacted application outlining the justifications for surveiling Page, which was approved and renewed several times by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), was released over the weekend after a Freedom of...