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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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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