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Found: Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn to Ward Off Evil Spirits Two 19th-century chess pieces, a queen and a bishop, had been secreted over the mouth of the barn for several hundred years. The find represents an old spiritual practice from the Victorian era: everyday objects hidden away as protective totems.

Volvo moves a chess piece forward in electric truck future Momentum Dynamics has powerful wireless charging systems up to 300 kW that it says can automatically connect and safely pass information and all that electricity through a magnetic field.

Understanding Before Moving 2: Queen's Gambit Structures Club players love to study openings as so much material is available. However, it has often been shown that results do not match the amount of study invested, as in practice it is much harder to navigate your way around an opening when the opponent deviates from theory.

The Weekly Show: The next youngest GM But before showtime, here's a warm-up puzzle:. What should White have done in this position had the game gone this way? Lawrence is on-demand this week, but free for all for a limited time, and you can register a free 90-day account to watch many shows on-demand.

Nimzowitsch: Warm words and a system We still use some of the terms he used, coined and made popular - but in a different way. Take "centralisation" for example. When Magnus Carlsen develops his pieces and connects his rooks he will often put them on central files. Today, we usually call such manoeuvres "centralisation".

Chess Challenge with Former U.S. Women's Champion Alexey Root FLOWER MOUND, TX Play chess and meet former U.S. women's chess champion Alexey Root as she signs her latest book, Prepare With Chess Strategy, on Saturday, January 26, at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, 75022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Best of CLO 2018 #10: Sun & Rohde on the Junior High Nationals Our #10 article in Best of CLO 2018 is Arthur Guo and Winston Ni Win Big in Atlanta by Vanessa Sun and Michael Rohde. Judges praised the fun lede and breadth of the article on one of US Chess's major events, the Junior High School Championships, one of three major Spring Scholastics on our Events slate.

Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak Magnus Carlsen beat Jorden van Foreest with the black pieces in Round 5 of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters to finally end a sequence of 21 draws in a row. That puts him half a point behind leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and now Ding Liren, who punished the slightest of mistakes by Sam Shankland to overtake Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as the world no.

Harry Potter Wizard Chess Replica Get your hands on this Harry Potter wizard chess replica, which perfectly recreates the wizard chess set from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Children's Chess Fest in city on Jan.20 - Star of Mysore Rotary Mysore School, Dattagalli, will be organising Children’s Chess Festival in association with Mysore Chess Centre on Jan.20 at its premises in Dattagalli. Events will be conducted for Under-7, 9, 11 and 13. Top 10 prizes will be given in each category.

Ding Liren Catches Nepomniachtchi As Tata Steel Chess Visits Alkmaar Ding Liren defeated Sam Shankland and joined Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead in round five of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, which visited Alkmaar for one day. Magnus Carlsen was among the winners and thus made an end to his drawing streak of 21 classical games.

McKinley Williams-John Easterling chess tourney set for Jan. 26 The 8th Annual McKinley Williams-John Easterling Community Chess Tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 26. The whole community is invited to this free tournament at the Richmond Recreation Complex at 3230 Macdonald Ave. The quad-style tourney will have registration frmo 10:30 a.m.

Gangsta Chess Set as one build plate I've taken Renosis' awesome Gangsta chess set and put all pieces on one build plate. There are 8 pawns, 2 bishops, 2 rooks, 2 knights, and a king. I've also added in 2 queens and 3 extra gangstas, just for, you know, more awesome.

Patriots notebook: Bill Belichick vs. Andy Reid will be a terrific chess match FOXBORO - The upcoming AFC Championship game in Kansas City is one of the most fascinating matchups in recent history for many reasons. Among them: The game pits the greatest defensive mind in modern football, and probably ever, against one of the league's most innovative offensive coaches.

Best of CLO 2018: Meet the Judges 2018 was a huge year for US Chess, as Fabiano Caruana competed for the World Championship just a few weeks after a thrilling Olympiad in Batumi. In the digital world, US Chess saw massive gains in social media as our twitter and instagram followings blossomed, while we also started two podcasts, with a third on the way.

Tata Steel Chess: Carlsen scores first his win Jorden van Foreest won't be accused of a lack of courage. He had White against the World Champion and went straight into the Sveshnikov snakepit with 7.Nd5, the variation in which Fabiano Caruana had tested Carlsen at the London World Championship match.

Parkland Holds Third Annual Mayors' Chess Challenge The Mayors' Chess Challenge, a free event making stops throughout Broward County, is heading back to the City of Parkland for the third year. Hosted by Mayor Christine Hunschofsky on Saturday, February 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the event is open to everyone regardless of age, playing level, or even beginner status.

India's Gukesh, GM at 12 years… 2nd youngest ever Several years ago, The Chess Drum ran a series of articles on the rise of Asian chess nations. The countries highlighted were China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. There were other articles focusing exclusively on China, but it seems that India has taken the world by storm as the new chess power.

China, US and North Korea: dangerous 3-way chess Trade delegation sitting in Beijing's Ministry of Commerce on Jan. 9 must have wondered what the fanfare was across the street. Diagonally across the wide Chang'an Avenue, in the long-established Beijing Hotel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were having a working lunch, under heavy security.

Just The Rules: No Claim, No Fame Your opponent's flag is about to fall in a US Chess sudden death time control. The TD comes over to the contest to observe. They see that your opponent has run out of time-their flag is down, but the TD says nothing and does nothing. You look up at them with a quizzical expression, and still there is no response from the TD.

Tata Steel Chess: Vidit Gujarathi Joins Anand at Second Spot Vidit Gujarathi defeated Jorden van Foreest and joined Viswanathan Anand at the second spot after four rounds of Tata Steel Masters Chess tournament in the Netherlands on Tuesday i.e, 15 January 2019. Earlier, Vidit showed no signs of fatigue after his seven-hour struggle for a draw against Magnus Carlsen.

1975: Fischer beats Karpov 10-4? I discovered that there were interesting articles, a lot of funny games and good pieces of advice, especially for amateurs who want to improve their play. In one article a chess engine by Dutch programer Ed Schroeder was reviewed: Rebel 13/ProDeo 2.0.

Game of the Week: The Challengers More… The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders. Tonight's show will be recorded in Wijk aan Zee as close to the tournament hall as one can be. We will focus on the exciting Challengers group. I've selected my favourite game so far, but let's see what happens today in the fifth round.

You can now play wizard's chess in real life with this automated chess board For those Harry Potter fans that really do want to try their hand at wizard's chess, but want something less expensive than the automated chess board, try this Potter World-themed set!

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