It’s the ultimate strategy board game played by millions of people, with origins going back to the 6th Century in Eastern India. From there, the game spread east and west along the Silk Road trade route, and evolved into an organized, contemporary “mind sport” with structured international and national leagues, tournaments, and congresses governed by the Federation Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) as well as thousands of tournaments, matches, and festivals held each year for players at every level throughout the world. In the early 1990’s, online play with opponents around the globe became possible via connection to internet chess servers, e.g. Quick Guide to Free Internet Chess Server .
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Watch live stream coverage of the 2018 World Chess Championship, featuring expert commentary by Jennifer Shahade, Maurice Ashley, and Yasser Seirawan of the big match between current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and American challenger Fabiano Caruana.
On Monday (11/26), Carlsen and Caruana drew Game 12 of their title match, leaving the score tied at the end of regulation; therefore, the drama continued with a series of tie-breaker games on Wednesday (11/28) to determine the champion.
Tie-breaker games were set up as follows for the championship: First, four ‘rapid games’ that have time controls of 25 minutes per-player per-game, with 10 seconds added to the time after each move. If no winner after the rapid games, players continue with two ‘blitz games’ (five minutes per-player per-game, with three seconds added after each move). If there is still no winner after the first two blitz games, they play two more. If that still does not produce a winner, players compete in an ‘Armageddon game’ — White starts with one more minute on his clock, but Black will only have to draw to win the championship.
If you missed the 2018 World Chess Championship tie breaker games (Carlsen v Caruana), here’s a recap and analysis video.
If you missed the Champions Showdown: Chess 960 (September 11-14) live stream broadcast, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts on the media player below ↓
Chess 960 style is played with two games of Rapid and two games of Blitz for the first three days and all Blitz on day 4. Commentary is provided by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade.
The 2018 Sinquefield Cup brought 10 of the world top players together to battle for $300,000 in prize money and Grand Chess Tour points. Then, a wild Round 9 resulted in 3 co-champions! If you missed the live stream broadcast of the competition, there’s still time to watch video recordings. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts on the media player below ↓ Check out results and pairings → here
The 2018 US Championship and Women’s Championship (April 17 – 30) are elite national chess championship events, featuring the strongest men and women chess players in America as they battle for coveted US Champion titles, world championship qualifying, and almost $300,000 in prize money. Separating men and women chess players in championship competition seems rather bazaar in the 21st century as men and women have competed at top levels since the late 1980’s, but the issue remains controversial [A Gender Divide in the Ultimate Sport of the Mind by Sean Phillips (August 15, 2010)]
If you missed the live stream broadcast of the US Championship and Women’s Championship, there’s still time to watch video recordings. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts located on the media player below. View pairings and results here ⇒ Men Women [Note: April 24 is a rest day. There was a Women’s Championship playoff on April 30]
If you missed the live broadcast of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition. Just click/tap on the “Watch Again” button or select from any of the posts located on the media player below ↓
Europe’s best compete in the 2017 European Individual Chess Championship, a World Cup qualification event held at the Minsk Sports Palace, Republic of Belarus. The competition will be played during a two week period in 11-round Swiss system (See FIDE Swiss Rules → here) in accordance with FIDE Laws of Chess and European Chess Union (ECU) Tournament Rules, with the time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Default time is 15 minutes for each round.
If you missed the live broadcast of the event, there’s still time to watch video recordings. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button on the media player below and/or select from any of the video posts.
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