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 the best players battle for big prize money! The 2019 Champions Showdown: The Kings is an exhibition event featuring five individual match contests: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs. Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs. David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs. Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs. Richard Rapport. If you missed the live stream broadcast, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the matches. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts located on the media player below ↓
On Monday, November 26, World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and American challenger Fabiano Caruana drew Game 12 of their 2018 World Chess Championship title match, leaving the score tied at the end of regulation; therefore, the drama continued with a series of tie-breaker games to determine the champion.
If you missed the 2018 World Chess Championship tie breaker games (Carlsen v Caruana), here’s a recap and analysis video.
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]
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