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 – 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…

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…

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…

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…