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Chess

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Watch the World Championship Rematch Between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand in Round 5 of the Zurich Chess Challenge

    Just imagine I made a really great sports analogy here to illustrate how exciting this match is.

    We've been super pumped all week for the Zurich Chess Challenge, but today's especially exciting, because we'll see a rematch between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the man he beat the for the title just a few short months ago in Chennai, India's Viswanathan Anand. Anand has a chance for revenge, but does he have what it takes to beat Carlsen?

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  4. Happy Super Bowl Zurich Chess Challenge Sunday! Watch Round 4 Right Here

    Chess is still more interesting than footballs.

    Round 4 of the Zurich Chess Challenge is about to get underway. After Round 3, World Champion Magnus Carlsen has pulled into the lead with a brutal win over Hikaru Nakamura. The other two games -- Levon Aronian vs. Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana vs. Vishy Anand -- ended in draws.

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  5. Get Pumped for Some Saturday Morning Chess With Round 3 of the Zurich Chess Challenge

    Chess Bump.

    We're heading into day three of the Zurich Chess Challenge. Carlsen vs. Aronian and Gelfand vs. Caruana both drew, and Anand vs. Nakamura ended with another disappointing loss for the former world champion Anand. You can watch all those games, and check out today's action live right here.

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  6. Don’t Miss Round 2 of the 2014 Zurich Chess Challenge

    Otherwise, you won't know what I'm talking about when I keep trying to change the subject at your Super Bowl party.

    Round 1 of the Zurich Chess Challenge kicked off yesterday. Not surprisingly, Boris Gelfand lost to World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Hikaru Nakamura drew against Fabiano Caruana to gain half a point each, and Viswanathan Anand lost his first match to Levon Aronian. There are new matchups today, and we're excited to see how things play out.

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  7. Carlsen and Aronian Tie in Blitz Competition, Watch Live as Round 1 of Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Kicks Off

    Round 1... FIGHT!

    Yesterday's blitz games to decide who will play which color at the Zurich Chess Challenge came down to a tie between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. That gives both men an advantage going into the first round, and you can watch it live right here.

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  8. Why You Need to Watch the 2014 Zurich Chess Challenge [Updated]

    We've got the live stream for you right here, friend.

    The Super Bowl is this Sunday, but whoooooo caaaaaaaaaaaaares!? There's an incredible chess tournament about to get underway in Zurich. You can watch footballmen smash into each other between soda commercials, or you can watch six of the best chess players in the world fight it out at the Hotel Savoy. Your move.

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  9. See Magnus Carlsen Crowned New World Chess Champion at FIDE 2013 Closing Ceremonies [Update]

    Carlsen gets bonus points if he shouts, "King me!" at some point.

    It's been an exciting ten-game series between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand during the 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship, and at the end of it all Carlsen came out on top with a solid three-game lead. Watch him claim his new title as World Chess Champion during the event's closing ceremonies.

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  10. It’s Official: We Have a 2013 FIDE World Championship Chess Match Wnner

    If you saw Game 10, this shouldn't be surprising.

    Hooray! A winner has finally been declared for the 2013 FIDE World Championship, so now we can all stop getting up at 4:30 in the morning to watch chess! Or course, on the downside, we won't have as much awesome chess to watch anymore, but at least being able to get a full night's sleep will make up for that. So who's the winner?

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  11. Watch Game 10 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    You should really watch this one, because there's probably not going to be a Game 11.

    Game 10 of the FIDE World Championship kicks off Friday morning, but Game 9 all but assured a victory for challenger Magnus Carlsen. If Vishy Anand is going to hold on to his title, he will have to sweep the three remaining games, and win a tiebreaker round.

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  12. Watch Game 9 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    Seriously, Anand. If you're going to start winning, now's totally the time to do that.

    We're getting into the endgame of the 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship, and from the look of things, everything's coming up Magnus. Carlsen has a two game advantage over opponent Vishy Anand meaning Anand has to win at least three of these last four games to keep his title. It's a tough spot, but we'd like to see him fight his way out.

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  13. Geekosystem Podcast Episode 8: “Happy Birthday, Coworker!”

    Sorry we didn't wrap the podcast.

    It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another episode of The Geekosystem Podcast. This week we recorded during an office birthday party we didn't know was happening, talked about Batman and Doctor Who again, and Glen makes a sleepy but impassioned plea for you to watch the World Chess Championship.

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  14. Watch Game 8 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    If Vishy is waiting to strike, now's probably the time to do that.

    Game 7 played out in a surprisingly quick draw compared to the last few games, and Magnus Carlsen defended his two-game lead over Vishy Anand. There are five games left, so we won't count Anand out, but he's really going to need to swing momentum back his way to defend his title. Can he do it in Game 8?

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  15. Watch Game 7 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen

    Carlsen's got the lead, but it's too early to count Anand out.

    We'll be the first to admit we were wrong about our assumption that Magnus Carlsen would try to hold his lead and simply play for a draw in Game 6. He managed to up his lead to two games over opponent Vishy Anand, and prove that he'll fight to the bitter end. Can he do it again in Game 7? Watch live right here and find out!

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  16. Watch Game 6 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    We've finally gotten away from draws, and Magnus Carlsen is up 3-2 in the series.

    It took five games, but we had our first decisive win of the FIDE World Chess Championship on Friday with Magnus Carlsen eeking out a win over Vishy Anand proving that not all rook endgames are drawn. We're not picking sides in this event, but we're still glad to see something other than a draw. Let's see how Game 6 plays out as Anand takes white.

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  17. This Chess Variant Gets Rid of Turns, Plays in Real Time, and Is Bananas

    It's the perfect game if you love chess but hate waiting.

    If you've been watching the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, you know that chess isn't necessarily fast-paced. Programmer Sven Robbestad decided to change that by creating a version that eliminates turns, and lets players make moves as fast as they can. It's frenzied, hectic, and a lot of fun.

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  18. Watch Game 5 of the FIDE World Championship of Chess Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    Will we have another six-hour-long draw?

    After a very long Game 4 and a much needed day of rest for both players and fans, Anand and Carlsen will be back at the board tomorrow starting at 4:30AM ET. You can watch the live stream with commentary right here, as well as examine the game on an interactive chessboard.

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  19. Watch Game 6 of the FIDE World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Carlsen [Updated]

    We've finally gotten away from draws, and Magnus Carlsen is up 3-2 in the series.

    It took five games, but we had our first decisive win of the FIDE World Chess Championship on Friday with Magnus Carlsen eeking out a win over Vishy Anand proving that not all rook endgames are drawn. We're not picking sides in this event, but we're still glad to see something other than a draw. Let's see how Game 6 plays out as Anand takes white.

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  20. Watch Game 4 of the FIDE World Championship of Chess Anand vs. Carlsen

    What happens if every game is a draw? Does that make us the new champs?

    We're three games into the 2013 FIDE World Championship of Chess, and haven't seen a win yet. All the matches have come to a draw as World Champion Viswanathan Anand and top-ranked player Magnus Carlsen seemingly size each other up. Will Game 4 end any differently? Find out by watching the action live right here!

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