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  1. LOL! Sexist Chess Grand Master Says Men are “Hardwired” to Be Better at the Game Than Women

    Checkmate your privilege

    In an interview with New in Chess that was later picked up by The Guardian, 49-year-old chess grandmaster Nigel Short--who has lost eight times to date to female grandmaster Judit Polgar--says we should "gracefully accept it as a fact" that men are inherently better at things like chess than women.

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  2. Lupita Nyong’o May Star in a Disney Movie About a Female Chess Prodigy

    Mate.

    Lupita Nyong'o may soon have a monopoly on our favorite nerdy interests (Star Wars, chess, and X-Men at some point, pretty please?). According to Deadline, she and David Oyelowo (Selma) are currently in negotiations for Disney's Queen Of Katwe, based on the true story of an African chess prodigy.

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  3. Round 10 and a “Mega Game” Are Underway at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    Sadly, the "Mega Game" is played with giant fighting robot chess pieces. It's still pretty incredible though.

    We've already reached Round 10 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. There are some big matchups today including what Chessdom calls a "Mega game" between French GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime and Chinese GM Wang Yue. This game could help decide overall team performance as well as individual medals for the two players.

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  4. Watch Round 9 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    Because you can't watch the huge fight going on at the FIDE General Assembly right now.

    Round 9 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø is happening today, but it's only the second most exciting thing going on in the chess community right now. There is also the FIDE General Assembly where there's no shortage of debate between the current FIDE administration and challenger Garry Kasparov. Unfortunately there's no live stream of that, so let's look at the chess.

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  5. Watch Round 6 of the 2014 Tromsø Chess Olympiad Live

    King me. What do you mean, "Wrong game"?

    Today is round 6 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. As we enter round 6, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Kazakhstan are in the top 3 spots and will face off against Georgia, Bulgaria, and Cuba respectively. The match to watch for today, though, should be the one between Magnus Carlsen, ranked #1 in the world, and rival Fabiano Caruana, who is ranked #3. You don't see two people this skilled at something compete against each other every day.

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  6. Watch Round 5 of the 2014 Tromsø Chess Olympiad Live

    How does the horse move again?

    Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Serbia are cleaning up so far with eight points each going into round 5 of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. Top-seeded Russia has seven points, and so does the Magnus Carlsen-led Norway team and twelve other teams. There are still seven rounds left including today, so tune it today to watch how things shake out.

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  7. Watch Live: Round 4 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    That's Sø Norway

    There have been a lot of great matchups so far, and that's going to continue today. Two of the top-seeded teams from Russia and China will be going against each other. The US is facing South Africa with a significant rating advantage, and the Norwegian team led by Magnus Carlsen will be going up against Poland. Watch it all right here.

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  8. Watch Live: Round 3 of the Tromsø Chess Olympiad From Norway!

    The next round is about to get underway from Norway!

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  9. Watch Live: Round 2 of the Tromsø Chess Olympiad is Underway

    Ask not e4 whom the bell tolls.

    Round 2 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in underway with IM Lawrence Trent and GM Jan Gustafsson back to provide commentary. I really like their commentary so far. You don't have to be great at chess to understand what's happening. You can watch all the action right here.

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  10. Watch Round 1 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway Live Right Here

    Checkmate yourself before you wreckmate yourself.

    Round 1 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø is a little less than an hour away. Play begins at 10:00AM ET and they'll be live streaming the event with expert commentary by IM Lawrence Trent and GM Jan Gustafsson. Watch it all right here.

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  11. How to Follow the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway (Without Being in Norway)

    Does anyone speak Norwegian?

    Today the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway kicks off with the opening ceremony at 1:30PM ET. This is where you can see all the coverage we can put together for the entire event including games (which start tomorrow), interviews, and tweets from the chess community in Tromsø.

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  12. [Update] Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway

    Item 1: Chess is the best.

    Friday August 1st kicks off the Chess Olympiad 2014. What exactly is the Chess Olympiad? Teams from 174 countries compete for world chess dominance. It happens every two years, and it's the fourth-largest sporting event in the world. It's a big deal for chess nerds. Here's everything you need to know to get on board.

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  13. Gamechanger: New Chess Rules Go Into Effect Today

    You better check yourself before you checkmate yourself.

    Today some new official rules go into effect for chess. They were adopted last October at the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia and are now the law of the land. Well, law of the board. Along with other rules, players will now be given a loss for having a cellphone or other device at a tournament venue.

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  14. Magnus Carlsen is the First Man to Win the Chess Triple Crown, but Not the First Person

    Let's not forget about Susan Polgar!

    It's a big day for chess nerds! World Champion Magnus Carlsen just took the Chess Triple Crown by holding the World Blitz, Rapid, and Classic titles consecutively. I've seen some reports that Carlsen is the first player in history to ever pull this off, but he's not. Susan Polgar did it back in 1996.

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  15. Sochi Is Hosting The 2014 World Chess Championship Between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand

    Nice to see the Olympic village will actually be used for something interesting.

    In 2013 Magnus Carlsen unseated Viswanathan Anand as the World Chess Champion in ten (well, nine really) truly compelling games hosted in Chennai, India. Today FIDE announced that this year's championships will be a rematch between the two competitors, and held in Sochi, Russia at the Olympic village.

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  16. Watch Magnus Carlsen Play With Himself

    I see he's using the "beating the bishop" defense.

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen played a quick game this morning against himself at age 20 with the power of time travel his chess app Play Magnus. He put the game up on his YouTube channel so we can all watch him trash talk his younger self. So how did current 23-year-old Magnus fair against Days of Magnus Past?

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  17. In 1859, People Thought Chess Was Rotting Their Kids’ Minds, and They Should Go Play Sports Instead

    Good to know some things never change.

    Nothing is safe from parents' inclination to insist that anything new and different is bad for kids and inferior from the way they grew up. According to an 1859 issue of Scientific American, that darn Chess contraption hinders learning and kids should go play sports instead.

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  18. Watch the Live Stream of the 2014 U.S. Chess Championship

    Chess! Chess! Chess!

    We're in the middle of the 2014 U.S. Chess Championship currently being played in the chess capital of the U.S. -- St. Louis, Missouri. There are a lot of exciting games going on, and you can watch live commentary right here every day for the rest of the tournament. Your move.

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  19. Magnus Carlsen Drew Against a Guy in a Red Bodysuit Because Sometimes Chess Is Real Weird

    You're never going to guess who's in the suit! (Unless you're really into Norwegian winter sports.)

    World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is currently challenging his entire home country of Norway, and one challenger was the guy on the right, who chose to wear a full, head-to-toe red bodysuit. The game came to a draw, but the real question here is, "Who's the guy in red?" The answer is surprising (especially if you're not Norwegian.)

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  20. Magnus Carlsen Is Doing a Reddit AMA! Get Your Chess Questions Ready!

    First question: Why'd you shoot this video with your phone vertical?

    Have a burning chess question for the World Champion Magnus Carlsen? You'll have your chance to ask it coming up on March 19th at 10:00AM ET, because Carlsen is doing an AMA! We'll start thinking of questions and bring you some of our favorites answers from Carlsen after the AMA.

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