Checkmate? Beshear campaign swears it wasn't trolling Bevin with chess tweet – Courier Journal


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear’s campaign swears that it wasn’t trying to call out Republican incumbent Matt Bevin with a tweet about visiting a west Louisville chess club.

Bevin, if you remember, upset some residents in July when he said people might not associate the game with that area of the city, which is predominately African-American.

“I’m going to go in and meet the members of the West Louisville Chess Club,” Bevin said in the video. “Not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”

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That didn’t sit well with neighborhood leaders like Chickasaw resident Donovan Taylor, who blasted the governor. “Blacks in west Louisville enjoy chess, tennis and many other activities not associated with guns and violence,” he said.

Beshear used his Twitter campaign page Thursday to showcase a visit with the Baxter Community Chess Club, which plays regularly in a community center with the same name in the Russell neighborhood.

“Sharing a great afternoon with our future leaders at Baxter Community Chess Club,” the tweet said.

Beshear campaign spokesman Brad Bowman said the tweet isn’t meant to be a reminder to voters about the governor’s comments.

“It wasn’t a jab, and in fact we didn’t want to make it a media event,” Bowman said. “It was an opportunity to meet the kids and just wanted to show Attorney General Beshear was out meeting people.”

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The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Bevin previously dismissed questions about his remarks, saying it was silly for reporters to even bring up.

“Seriously, ask me serious questions,” Bevin told reporters in July. “If somebody wanted to be offended they could have been offended.”

The Beshear campaign declined to comment on Bevin’s original remarks.

Beshear and Bevin have been engaged in a war of words and legal papers since both took their respective offices in 2015. The attorney general has successfully sued Bevin’s administration on numerous occasions, most recently in an attempt to overturn a controversial state employees’ pension reform bill that the governor has said is needed to save Kentucky’s ailing retirement system.

Now that Beshear is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Bevin — who announced his intentions to seek re-election last weekend — it will be difficult for either of them to make a move without it being seen through a political lens.

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Ever Heard of "Chess 960?" Todd Wolf North Dakota Chess Assn. – KFGO News


In This Podcast:  Todd Wolf, the five-year president of the North Dakota Chess Association.

I had never heard of Chess 960.  I thought it might be a new video game version of the classic board game.  Wrong.  

It’s a twist on the old game, envisioned by former chess great, Bobby Fischer.  The Rooks, Knights, Bishop, King and Queen are placed randomly on the back row.  The Rooks are still the front line soldiers. 

Here’s more details on a $250,000 Chess 960 tournament next month. 

SAINT LOUIS (August 24, 2018) The Saint Louis Chess Club will bring ten of the top chess players in the world, including legendary world champion Garry Kasparov, to play in the Champions Showdown this September. The matches will be played in Chess 960 style, also known as Fischer Random, with a $250,000 prize purse. The competition will include six rapid games and fourteen blitz games over the five days of play.

“Bringing this amount of talent to an event is a tribute to Saint Louis, the chess capital of the world,” said Garry Kasparov. “People will get to see chess champions battle it out in a nontraditional and exciting format that will challenge all competitors.”

Fischer random is a variant of chess created by Bobby Fischer in the late 1990s in which the pieces on the home rank are randomized. The 960 represents the number of possible starting positions. Players will not know the order of the home rank pieces until they arrive before the start of the round and will have to rely on their creativity in rapid and blitz games.

“This format of the unknown setup presents quite the challenge for even the top players in the world,” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “We will see some of the most interesting games as this format puts these players in positions they may never have seen before.”

Play will begin at 1 p.m. each day September 11-14 at the Saint Louis Chess Club and be broadcast live on

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Our guest in this podcast, Todd Wolf, says that he’s tried the 960 variation, and didn’t do too well.  But, he does a great job explaining the differences between the standard game and this new version.  Thanks, Todd.

(Jack Sunday is a radio veteran with nearly 50-years “behind the mike.” He likes to say he’s not old….just aging. Follow Jack on Facebook and Twitter @nodakjack. Listen weekdays for “The Drive With Jack Sunday,” 4-7pm on 790, KFGO.)



Top 10 Benefits of Chess – Chess.com


Chess is played everyday around the world and brings people of different cultures and backgrounds together. Let’s take a look at the top 10 benefits of learning and playing chess!

  1. Chess brings people together.
  2. Chess teaches you how to win and lose.
  3. Chess helps children.
  4. Chess can help you focus.
  5. Chess as an educational tool.
  6. Chess develops creativity.
  7. Chess builds confidence.
  8. Chess and problem-solving.
  9. Chess exercises the brain.
  10. Chess and being calm.

1. Chess has the power to bring people together.

Chess is one of the oldest games in the world dating back over 1500 years. The game of chess has evolved as it spread around the globe to the game we play today. As a result, this journey has brought people together from different cultures, ages, and backgrounds over a common bond and passion for the game.

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Chess brings all ages together!

2. Chess teaches you how to win and lose.

Of course everyone likes to win, but it is just important to learn how to accept losing. As the saying goes—sometimes you give the lesson, and sometimes you receive the lesson! Most important, try to learn from those losses and come back a better player. Just as in life, we need to get back up when confronted with failure and come back stronger and wiser. Winning with grace is an important character trait that chess can teach a person.

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If you lose a game of chess go back and learn from your mistakes.

3. Chess helps children realize the consequence of their actions. 

The scholastic chess boom around the world has been on a steady rise over the last decade. More important than these children becoming great chess players or getting high ratings is that chess teaches children from an early age that their choices have consequences both good and bad. Thinking your moves through and trying to play the best move that you can is rewarding, while playing too quickly, and rushing your decisions can have negative repercussions.

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Chess can help children develop important character traits.

4. Chess helps you focus.

As Bobby Fischer said, “Chess demands total concentration.” A chess player can make moves like a grandmaster for 30 moves and then get distracted on move 31 and make an elementary blunder that loses the game! This intense focus is useful in everyday life when confronted with school assignments, daily tasks, and deadlines.

chess helps discipline and focus

Chess can help a person develop discipline and focus.

5. Chess is a great educational tool for schools.

Before, during, and after-school programs are extremely popular and for good reason. Chess is a low cost activity for children to become involved with right at their own school. Children of different ages, backgrounds, and special needs can all take part in a chess class or club. 

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School chess programs create great opportunities for students socially, emotionally, and academically.

6. Chess helps to develop creativity.

They say a persons’ personality comes out in their chess game. A shy and passive person might play more reservedly while an outgoing and social person might be a bold attacker. The wonderful part of chess is that there is room for everyone’s styles and personalities. In your own personal way, you can show your creativity in the type of moves, plans, and tactics that you come up with at the board. 

Chess creativity

The chess board is your canvas to express your creativity!

7. Chess as a confidence builder.

Chess is all you – you put in the time studying, you put in the time competing in tournaments, you spend the time analyzing your losses and finding your weaknesses. With all this work a sense of confidence is developed. Even working through a tough period where you plateau in your chess development can help you build resilience and confidence.

Chess confidence

Working on your chess improvement can help to build confidence.

8. Chess helps develop problem-solving skills.

In every chess game, you play you are faced with challenges and problems that you have to solve in order to play your best game. Chess can help you to think ahead, not rush your decisions, and weigh the pluses and minuses of your choices. The correlates to challenges we face in everyday life, and just as in chess, we try to make the best choices to develop positive outcomes for our lives.

Problem solving

Every chess game proposes problems you have to solve.

9. Chess exercises both sides of the brain.

When playing chess, your brain will be challenged to exercise logic, develop pattern-recognition, make decisions both visually and analytically, and test your memory. Chess can be enjoyed by any age—as a result, these brain exercises can be part of the health of your brain for your entire life! An active brain is a healthy brain!

Chess brain

Chess can keep your brain active and sharp throughout your life.

10. Chess helps you learn how to be calm under pressure.

An intense game of chess where you have given everything, your time is running low, and you still have to make critical decisions to bring the point home teaches us to remain calm under pressure. You have be intensely focused, while at the same time remaining calm so that your brain can work to its maximum. We are all faced with deadlines, presentations, interviews, and tests throughout our life, just as in a chess game, we have to remain confident and calm to perform our best. 

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Remaining calm and confident is the path to victory.

Share some other ways chess can benefit and enhance a persons life in the comments below!



Caruana Wins Playoff, Earns Grand Chess Tour Finals Spot – Chess … – Chess.com


London calling, again. This time, it’s a double chess “clash” for Fabiano Caruana.

Earlier this year he won the Candidates’ Tournament to qualify for November’s world championship. Now, he will be back in London in December for the Grand Chess Tour Finals, also known as the London Chess Classic.

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Both Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana gambitted their c-pawns as White, but So was in more of a rush to get his back. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Today in St. Louis he drew the opening rapid playoff game but beat Wesley So in the rematch to earn the fourth and final spot to the finals. Caruana will be joined by Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who all had the day off by virtue of clinching yesterday.

“I’m incredibly happy, especially with how it all ended,” Caruana said “When Magnus (Carlsen) won yesterday, I thought I was out. It was a roller-coaster day.”

A correction to yesterday’s reporting: Caruana is indeed contractually obligated to play in London. GCT officials yesterday told Chess.com that no such language existed. Today the GCT officials corrected themselves, telling Chess.com that all four of those players are required to play.

– video interview with Chess.com and photos from the closing ceremony will be added here later.

The GCT deficit seemed almost insurmountable at the beginning of the month. Perhaps the two worst events of the year for Caruana were the Paris and Leuven events, which put him in dead last in the tour standings. But a decent fourth-place finish in the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and a tie for first in the points-heavy Sinquefield Cup allowed him today’s destiny.

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So arrived in St. Louis three weeks ago with the Grand Chess Tour lead. He will leave as the man who just missed. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

The head-to-head matchups in London are also known. Nakamura, the top seed, will play Caruana, the fourth seed. The two middle seeds, Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave, will contest the other opening-round battle.

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Caruana grabs a bite and consults with coach GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov in between games. So had no coach on site. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

After nine rapid games, 18 blitz games, nine classical games, and a playoff negotiation, here’s the second rapid game today that finally gave Caruana the break he’s been wanting. Even the final game went the full term—both players had only a few seconds, not counting the delay, at the end.

“I really tried to keep his rook out…You know, low on time, you might get mated!” Caruana said about the nervy final moments.

Much earlier in the game was the site of GM Maurice Ashley’s favorite move. About the unnatural 26. Ra2, which his computer was recommending, Ashley simply wasn’t sure such an idea would occur to Caruana in a rapid game. After it was played, Ashley momentarily forgot which sport he was covering.

“Slam dunk, baby!” he said.

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Soledad O’Brien, a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports, was on site today. Here she chats with Saint Louis Chess Club founder Rex Sinquefield. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Why was this playoff so much more meaningful to Caruana? Well, the nixed Sinquefield Cup playoff was just for posterity, but this one was for a lot of coin. To whit: the four prizes at the GCT finals are a combined value of $300,000 USD, so just making it there gives a player an expected value of $75,000, assuming rough parity among the field.

That, in turn, made being sharp for today’s playoff important. Just getting a chair at the two-person playoff was thus about a $37,500 expected value (again, assuming equal chances against one’s opponent).

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At the drawing of lots, Caruana ended up with the black pawn from chief arbiter Chris Bird’s bag. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Here’s the first game of the day, where So took White but was neutralized without much trouble by Caruana.

Caruana couldn’t explain why his year has been going so swimmingly.

“I’m not really doing anything different,” he said. “The year has been more than I could have ever expected.”

But he didn’t end his remarks about his own play. While he admitted the event produced few wins, Caruana noted that the last 24 hours have produced a fecundity of excitement.

“Levon’s Rxf7 was one of the most gangster moves I’ve ever seen,” he said.

The first news from the Sinquefield Cup closing ceremony came off the chess board and involved a lot of zeroes, and two chess heroes. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced that Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield today have just donated $50 million into a fund for St. Louis University to promote research, hire professors, and for scholarships. The Saint Louis Chess Club is already the benefactor of the St. Louis University Chess Team.

That’s not a typo. Chess.com confirmed later with Rex Sinquefield, and alumnus of the university, it is $50 million, not $15 million. A portion of the gift, the largest in the school’s history, is earmarked for the chess team.

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Rex Sinquefield is $50 million lighter, while Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, and Magnus Carlsen are all $55,000 richer. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

The ceremony continued with short questions and answers, mostly from the three winners — Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, and Magnus Carlsen. As you might guess, Carlsen was the most quotable. He was still eager to at least obliquely reference the playoff he wished he’d been afforded.

“I cannot say that I echo Levon’s comment that it’s nice to share the victory,” Carlsen said. “It’s much nicer to win on your own I think. I think Levon would also agree with that.”

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The Sinquefield Triumvirate of 2018 — Caruana, Aronian, Carlsen. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

Chess.com asked Carlsen about the several mentions of nerves he admitted to on the live show.

“I’ve been telling people all my life that I get nervous, but they never listen,” Carlsen said. “Maybe people will start now. It’s part of being really competitive and really caring about the results, that nerves are bound to creep in at some point. It’s part of the game. Learning to master it takes a lifetime for most people. I’m hoping to get there eventually.” 

His next world championship challenger didn’t want to make too much of this tournament’s results as it might relate to November.

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Mr. and Mrs. Caruana, also now residents of St. Louis, were in attendance and were recognized by their star son. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com.

“We had pretty much an identical result,” Caruana said. Did the champ agree?

“I don’t mean to sound petty,” Carlsen responded. “Actually I kind of do, but I had an extra black game!”

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Graphics courtesy Spectrum Studios.

Games via TWIC.

The Sinquefield Cup, the final qualification leg of the Grand Chess Tour, was a nine-round tournament from August 17-28. At the end of the tournament, four players will qualify for the London finals. The games in St. Louis began at 1 p.m. Central U.S. time daily (8 p.m. Central Europe).


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Would You Dive Underwater to Play Chess? – Al-Bawaba


Underwater Chess Tournament. (Screenshot)

Underwater Chess Tournament. (Screenshot)

Chess players showed off their skills — as well as their lung capacities — at the World Dive Chess Championships in London.

The underwater chess tournament, which took place Saturday in London, featured players taking turns diving underwater to make their moves on a chess board submerged in a pool.

The rules require a player to make a move before coming up for air, and the next player must then go underwater until they have made a response move.

Organizers said the aquatic twist makes the ancient game of chess more challenging and faster-paced.

This article has been adapted from its original source.



Do You Know What Jadrag Is? – Chess.com


One of the leading characters of the Soviet romantic comedy “Where is the Nophelet?” would ask attractive women a very cryptic question. Yet the pick-up line “Do you know where the Nophelet is?” worked like a charm, since everyone wanted to know what the mysterious Nophelet was.

In reality, “Nophelet” is just “telephone” spelled backward!

I am not sure if the question “do you know what jadrag is?” will enhance your romantic life, but it can definitely be a conversation starter!

Jadrag is chess in Armenian!

There are not many countries in the world where chess is as popular as in Armenia, and the results of this popularity are quite obvious. The Armenian national team won every single title you can win! They were Olympic champions three times (2006, 2008 ,2012), world team champions (2011) and European champions (1999)!

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Moreover, I think that last week was the week of Armenian chess.

The leader of Armenian chess, GM Levon Aronian took an early lead in the Sinquefield Cup, thanks to the following technical win in a typical Berlin endgame:

I wouldn’t call it a big surprise, since the super-talented GM Aronian is more than capable of beating any opponent or winning any tournament. But it was his compatriots who really turned the week into a showcase of Armenian chess. Not only did Hovhannes Gabuzyan win the Washington International tournament, but he also produced a true beauty on the way!

How many times have you seen a player sacrifice two queens in the same game? (A human player, not a computer.)

The young grandmaster David Paravian is not a household name yet, but he produced what could be the game of the year. It is both a pleasure to watch and also an excellent example of a king hunt.

Try to guess David’s moves in this beauty. I am sure you’ll learn a thing or two about attacking in chess!

Yes, this simple move is actually the start of a deadly attack against Black’s king! I bet it was easy for you to find this idea, especially if you read my article about rook lifts.

How would you continue the attack?

At first it looks like White’s attack is losing steam, but GM Paravian continues using the x-ray Qc2 vs. Qa4. Do you see how he did it?

Black has managed to capture the annoying knight, but his king is in a very dangerous situation now. With all of White’s pieces attacking the black monarch, White should have many ways to win. Nevertheless, the finishing touch is breathtaking.

Finish the game just like GM Paravian did!

Unfortunately, I don’t speak Armenian, but based on these games, I would guess that jadrag in Armenian also means “beauty.”