Kosteniuk defeats Anna Muzychuk at the World Rapid Championship in Batumi

After 3 rounds of the 2012 World Rapid Chess Championship, we have 2 leaders with 3 points, Huang Qian and Pia Cramling, followed by 4 players with 2.5 points, Humpy Koneru, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova and Nino Khurtsidze. See the official rankings, and watch the games live (Boards 1-10, Boards 11-20, Boards 21-25) at the official site www.e2e4.ge. We show you below an important game of the day, when the 12th women’s world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk beat the rating favorite Anna Muzychuk (ELO 2598). Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand beats Gelfand on tiebreak 2.5 – 1.5

The headline says it all. In today’s tiebreak session of the 2012 World Chess Championship, Viswanathan Anand retained his title with a 2.5 to 1.5 victory over challenger Boris Gelfand in the tiebreak “mini match”. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand, Game 12 – you get one guess

Today was supposed to be the final game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand. I say “supposed to be” because after twelve ganes the score stands at 6-6, which means that the match goes to tiebreak on Wednesday. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 11, more of the same

Today’s penultimate game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in yet another draw. Materially at the end Black was a pawn up, which was offset by White’s Bishop pair with pawns on both sides of the board. Even the world’s strongest commercial chess program Houdini 2 Pro finds no way for either player to make headway (see the analysis below). Read more…

Robot Blitz Chess! CHESSka vs. KUKA Monstr – Game One

by Steve Lopez Chess King contributor I’ve been “robot crazy” ever since I first saw Battlebots on TV over a decade ago. It’s still one of my all-time favorite shows, which I view as a sort of “fight club for smart people” competition. I became involved in various virtual robot programming competitions – virtual because my mechanical skills are approximately nil. A variety of online competitions allowed software users to construct virtual robots from a suite of parts, then write a program which allowed the robot to move and fight autonomously, and I was spending long hours pounding the keyboard, smashing keys like a cross between a wild chimpanzee and a mad scientist, writing programs for my virtual monstrosities. It was around this same time that I began to travel to various robotics exhibitions, everything from LEGO Mindstorms to FIRST scholastic competitions. In fact, by the early 2000’s I all but gave up chess for amateur robotics. Yeah, I’m definitely a “robot geek”. So when I heard about the robot chess blitz championship between CHESSka and KUKA Monstr, my tail started a-waggin’. Then I learned that our own Alexandra Kosteniuk’s dad was the creator of CHESSka, and I started bouncing off the walls. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 10 drawn

Today’s tenth game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after twenty-five moves. After the excitement of Games 7 and 8, even the toughest chess fans weep at today’s result. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs Gelfand – Game Nine: a fighting draw!

Today’s ninth game in the 2012 World Chess Championship between champion Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand was a draw — but what a draw! Read more…

Black & White Magazine Cover Story about Chess King Software!

We found out today that the #1 magazine in Asia, Black & White, devoted most of its Spring 2012 issue to Chess King. The issue is called “Join the Chess King Revolution” and explains why chess software have totally changed chess study in the 21st century. The issue contains a full tutorial on Chess King (12 pages) by Pufichek, an exclusive interview of Robert Houdart (3 pages), the creator of the strongest chess engine in the world, Houdini, and as well as a chess art and chess comic created by Alex Sadeghi specially for Chess King. The magazine also contains Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand pulls even by defeating Gelfand in seventeen moves

Game eight of the 2012 World Chess Championship saw another decisive result, as champion Viswanathan Anand defeated challenger Boris Gelfand to pull even in the match. The score now stands at 4-4. Read more…

Konstantin Kosteniuk’s ChessKA is 2012 World Chess Robot Champion!

Konstantin Kosteniuk, the father of the 12th women’s world champion Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk, has done it again: his robot “ChessKA” (also called the Chess Terminator), has beaten the Robot KUKA Monster and has won the title of World Robot Chess Champion. We offer you some videos of the event that took place yesterday in Moscow. We’ll try to get you all the videos of the world robot championship match and will post them here. Chess King is proud to have been a sponsor of this event! Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Gelfand wins, pulls ahead of Anand 4-3

It took seven games to make it happen, but there’s finally a decisive result in a game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between champ Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand. In today’s seventh round game, Gelfand (with the White pieces) emerged victorious after thirty-eight moves. Read more…

Robot vs. Humans at Chess: KUKA Monster beats Grischuk 4.5-1.5

It was a historical day in Moscow, when a 6-game blitz match between the contender to the Robot World Champion title, KUKA Monster and top Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk (2761 ELO) took place in Moscow. In the first 3 games Alexander was white, and although he had the initiative, he could not beat his metallic opponent. Actually in the third game, he barely managed to draw a Rook endgame with a pawn down. But in the 3 last games where KUKA Monster had white, Alexander was not given any chance, and the robot beat him 3-0. Bottom line, a clear win 4.5-1.5 for KUKA Monster. See also our report on the Robot World Championship KUKA Monster against ChessKA (also called Chess Terminator – That’s the robot created by Konstantin Kosteniuk, the father of the 12th women’s world chess champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk. Will Konstantin be able to “create” another world champion? See the photos of the match KUKA Monster – Grischuk below. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand – at the halfway mark it’s 3-3

The conclusion of today’s [5/18/12] sixth game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand marked the halfway point of the twelve game match. And, with the sixth consecutive drawn game, the score now stands tied at 3-3. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand – Another game, another draw

Today’s fifth round game in the 2012 World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand ended in a draw. But I’ll give some props to the players for mixing things up a bit. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship: Anand vs. Gelfand – Raising the Stakes

After four games, and four draws, in the 2012 Chess World Championship between champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand, the inevitable and predictable Internet complaining has already started. Have a look around the blogosphere and on chess message boards, and you’ll find lots of comments like, “Why are there sooooo many draws? Why aren’t there more decisive results? Maybe FIDE needs to raise the stakes.” Read more…

Chess King Sponsors the Full English Breakfast Chess Audio Podcast

Chess King is proud to sponsor the well-known audio podcast “The Full English Breakfast“. FEB is all about chess chats with a coupla cheeky chaps! International Master Lawrence Trent, Grandmaster Stephen Gordon, and host Macauley Peterson sound off on current events in the professional chess world. This week, in Episode #21, called “The Big Boys”, we will hear about Diplomacy, Peace in Switzerland, U.S. Fantasy, and Fix My Wiki! Have a listen to FEB, and if you’d like to support their show, buy Chess King with the $50 coupon code BREAKFAST.

2012 Chess World Championship – Anand and Gelfand draw Game 4

In today’s fourth round game of the 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow, Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand played to thirty-four moves before they called it a day and agreed to a draw. Read more…

Robot World Chess Blitz Championship – ChessKA versus KUKA Monster

We saw the announcement first on www.chessblog.com about the World Chess Blitz Championship among Chess Robots that will take place on May 19 (11 am – 5 pm Moscow time). This incredible World Chess Blitz event will be held on the Strastnoy Bulvar. Two robots will fight for the title of the World Robot Blitz Chess Champion. The first is called ChessKA and is the creation of Konstantin Kosteniuk, honored chess coach of the Russian Federation (and father of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk), who is an active inventor and has dozens of registered patents. Read the whole announcement at chessblog.com and see the whole event poster below. Chess King and Chess Queen are sponsoring this event. We will provide videos and games when they are available. This will be an incredibly exciting event! Read more…

2012 Chess World Championship Game 3 – A Fighting Draw

Today’s third game of the 2012 Chess World Championship between defending champ Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand was another draw, but this one was a bit harder-fought than the first two games. Read more…

Game 2 drawn in 2012 World Chess Championship

Hi, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Saturday’s Chess World Championship game, the second in the match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand, was a twenty-five move draw. Gelfand opened with the d-pawn as White, and Anand opted for a Slav Defense. Read more…