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Can You Play Like AlphaZero?

Added on 06.14.2019

The beautiful coastal city of Valencia, Spain was the venue for a very insightful and entertaining chess conference on Chess Strategy, Artificial Intelligence and AlphaZero. Held on the weekend of May 17 to 19, and organized by the Federació d' Escacs de la Comunitat Valenciana and hosted at the Universitat de Valencia, the conference was a well-balanced mix of theoretical discussions, round-table debates on the implications of AI in our everyday lives and future, and hands-on workshops on how...Full Story

GM Davorin Kuljasevic’s “Mastering Closed Position”

Added on 06.05.2019

How many times have you found yourself in a closed position, with no idea about how to proceed? Yeah, I know. This is why the ICC, with the collaboration of GM Davorin Kuljasevic, brings you a brand-new video course: "Mastering Closed Positions". Here is the course outline. Many players have problems understanding and playing properly in closed positions. Sometimes you can hear them say: ‘’I don’t know what I am doing in closed positions’’ or ‘’I am not good at maneuvering.’’ – I know the...Full Story

My First Trip to Puerto Rico - by GM Alex Yermolinsky

Added on 04.05.2019

In the past few months, I have been making a tour of Central and South America courtesy of my life-long friend GM Alex Shabalov. Alex is still active on the tournament scene, and he knows the right people to make such things possible. Our latest stop was San Juan, Puerto Rico where we took part in the Hermanos Colon Romero Memorial. Start of Round 1 Aside of the two of us, the other guests came from Cuba, Grandmasters Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Reynaldo Vera. We were treated like royalty...Full Story

2019 U.S. Chess Championship

Added on 03.17.2019

From March the 20th to April the 1st, 12 of the strongest chess players in the USA will compete for the coveted title of US Chess Champion. This year, the total prize fund is a stunning $194,000, with $50,000 to go to the winner and $35,000 to the runner-up. The Championship will be held at the fabulous Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis, Missouri, owned by the chess passionate and benefactor Rex Sinquefield. The tournament is a Round Robin with 12 players (11 rounds). All the rounds...Full Story

Showdown 2019 - The King is Fabiano

Added on 02.25.2019

This week we feature the Champions Showdown, a high powered event with an unusual format. Just days after a groundbreaking women’s tournament, the Cairns Cup, St. Louis hosted the big boys in a match-play tournament, with five lengthy matches in rapid and blitz chess. 12 rapid games followed by 24 blitz games, contested over four days.  A mini-marathon of sorts. Here are the match-ups:   Name Rapid Blitz FIDE...Full Story

2019 Champions Showdown

Added on 02.19.2019

This year Mr. Sinquefield, the American Chess benefactor, put on the plate $300,000 to host in his beloved and marvelous St. Louis Chess Club an interesting event, which sees the participation of ten top GMs. The new American GM Lenier Dominguez is going to wear the star and stripes flag, as he changed federation recently. The exhibition event features five matches: Name Rapid Blitz FIDE Rating Federation        Name Rapid Blitz FIDE...Full Story

Arica, Chile! - An article by GM Alex Yermolinsky

Added on 01.13.2019

You know how you asked to choose a security question when you make an account online? One of the options is often, “what is the country you'd like to visit the most?” I chose that one with the answer, “Chile”. It took me until December 2018 to make my dream come true. As usual it was my long-time friend Alex Shabalov who made it possible. Alex played in the same tournament a couple of years ago, and when the organizers asked him to come back he mentioned my name. In case you wonder what makes...Full Story

Tata Steel 2019

Added on 01.11.2019

It's the 81st time that the best players in the world gather in a little town situated in the north of the Netherlands, to cross bishops and knights and have the famous pea soup when the war is over. It's not a tournament with big bucks for the winners if compared with other events, yet Wijk Aan Zee remains the most important tournament of the year. Every year, in January, when it's as cold as it can get up there, the like of Carlsen, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, and all the elite of chess move to the...Full Story

ICC First Weekend Showdown - January 2019

Added on 01.06.2019

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Saturday of each month, January Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held January 5, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - BLITZ 3 0 ELEVEN ROUNDS.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC WEEKEND SHOWDOWN is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

London Chess Classic 2018

Added on 12.10.2018

HIKARU NAKAMURA is the winner of the Grand Chess Tour. Analysis by GM Joel Benjamin The final event of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour decided the ultimate winner, Hikaru Nakamura. It made 2018 a remunerative year for Nakamura, as he took home the Tour first prize of $120,000, and a total of $225,000.  Not bad for a year that did not go well at all in Classical Chess for Hikaru. Nakamura’s first-round opponent was Fabiano Caruana, fresh off his frustrating loss in the World Championship...Full Story

GM Joel Benjamin’s analysis of the match AlphaZero vs. StockFish

Added on 12.10.2018

I’ll look into an important phenomenon on the chess landscape, AlphaZero, who just released more match games played against the powerhouse publicly available program, Stockfish. The games were from a private match of 1,000 games that resulted in 155 wins for Alpha Zero, 6 for Stockfish, and 839 draws. The parameters of the match were somewhat arbitrary; AlphaZero played a somewhat older Stockfish 8 version, the allotted time for the competitors was chosen by AlphaZero’s operators, and it’s not...Full Story

Fast & Furious

Added on 12.06.2018

A magnificent view of St. Petersburg at sunset It looks like the chess world is moving fast towards quicker time controls. There is a hunger for rapid and blitz chess. FIDE, the wholly renovated governing body of Chess, with a swift move, moved the Rapid and Blitz chess Championship to St. Petersburg, giving a strong signal. No venues will be allowed if any of the players are denied a Visa to enter the guest country. Such an initiative is a big step ahead, considering that last year one of the...Full Story

World Championship Match 2018

Added on 11.04.2018

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13th SVETOZAR GLIGORIC TRANSATLANTIC CUP

Added on 11.03.2018

The University of Texas at Dallas vs. The University of Belgrade The Internet Chess Club is honored to host, once again, the Gligoric Transatlantic Cup, a chess tournament played on ICC's chess server between The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of Belgrade. The match is scheduled for November the 9th at 12:00 PM (noon) EST.   Download the brochure HERE for all the info and the matchups.

ICC First Weekend Showdown - November 2018

Added on 11.03.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Saturday of each month, November Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held November 3, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS - Thematic, with a new initial position for each round.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC WEEKEND SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength...Full Story

CHIHUAHUA!

Added on 10.25.2018

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GM Joel Benjamin’s Final Recap of the 43rd Chess Olympiad

Added on 10.08.2018

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ICC First Weekend Showdown - October 2018

Added on 10.06.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Saturday of each month, October Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held October 6, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC WEEKEND SHOWDOWN is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

Chess Olympiad - One round to go and USA in the lead!

Added on 10.04.2018

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GM Joel Benjamin recaps the first 7 rounds of the Olympiad

Added on 10.01.2018

The Olympiad is heating up, as they have completed round seven today. So far the U.S. is delivering. The top seeds have six match victories with a lone drawn match versus Israel. The stars and stripes have received a bit of a break on the pairings in the last two rounds, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia handily, 3.5-.5 and 3-1 respectively. With only four rounds, the Americans have still not faced Russia, China, and Azerbaijan (seeds 2-4), and the way things are shaping up, at least...Full Story

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