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Chess

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Releases iOS App That Lets You Lose to Him at Any Age

    It's not worth losing if you can't lose big!

    If you're going to lose a game of chess, it might as well be against the greatest player in the world right now (and arguably ever.) World Champion Magnus Carlsen just released a free iOS app that lets you play simulated versions of himself from age five up to his current age of 23.

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  10. Carlsen Tops Zurich Chess Challenge Classical Rounds, Watch Live as The Competitors Face Off in Rapid Games

    Everyone bet on Carlsen, right?

    As if there were ever any doubt, World Champion Magnus Carlsen has won the Classical portion of the 2014 Zurich Chess Challenge. Today the competitors will square off for a series of rapid games, and of course you can watch it live right here.

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