PokerStars Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree To Play Hand And Brain Chess Sunday –

PokerStars ambassadors will try their hand at chess this Sunday as six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu and Raising for Effective Giving founder Liv Boeree will play with IM Danny Rensch and WGM Jennifer Shahade.

The two poker pros will team up with the two chess masters to play a “hand and brain” match on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). Watch the match live on or

Negreanu and Shahade will play against Boeree and Rensch in the five-game match, where the chess masters will tell the poker pros which piece to move every turn. The games will be played at the blitz time control of 10 minutes plus five seconds increment.

Liv Boeree playing chess at Isle of Man. | Photo: Danny Maxwell

Liv Boeree playing chess at Isle of Man. | Photo: Danny Maxwell.

The joint event between PokerStars and will also showcase the #MyChessPokerGame Platinum Pass contest, where members of the chess and poker communities have submitted ideas for games combining chess and chance. The winning game design will be announced during the event.

“PokerStars Play Chess will be a thrilling meeting of the minds,” said Shahade. “During the stream, we’ll be announcing the winner of the #MyChessPokerGame challenge in dramatic fashion, with one of the six finalists eliminated after every game, until we reveal the winner of the $30K PSPC Platinum Pass. This partner chess game is ideal for pairing celebrity aficionados with chess masters: Danny or I will be the ‘brains,’ and announce which piece to move, while Liv and Daniel will pick the specific piece and the square. This results in a lot of laughs and unintended consequences,” said Shahade.

Jen Shahade playing chess and poker. | Photo: Danny Maxwell

Jennifer Shahade playing chess and poker. | Photo: Danny Maxwell.

The designer of the best game will be awarded a PassPokerStars Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), which includes entry to the $25,000 poker tournament and travel accommodations for a total value of $30,000, according to PokerStars. Hosts Rensch and Shahade will announce the six contest finalists and the Platinum Pass winner during the hand and brain event.

Further information about each of the finalists’ submissions and creativity behind the game designs can be found on the PokerStars blog. (Scroll down to the #MyChessPokerGame section.)

Two of the biggest names in poker will play chess on Sunday.Two of the biggest names in poker will play chess on Sunday.

The hand and brain match will be played under the following rules:

  • Teams: Daniel Negreanu (hand) and WGM Jennifer Shahade (brain) vs Liv Boeree (hand) and IM Danny Rensch (brain)
  • The brain may say only the name of the piece (one word) to be moved every turn
  • The hand chooses and plays the move on the chessboard
  • With under 30 seconds on the clock, the hand takes over autonomously for the team in time trouble and the brain must remain silent
  • All five games will be played out at a time control of 10 minutes plus five seconds increment, even if one team clinches the match earlier

Throughout the match, hosts Shahade and Rensch will show the game ideas by the six finalist designers in the #MyChessPokerGame contest, demonstrating rules, strategy, and videos of the games combining chess and chance.  

“As by far the worst poker player in the event, I’m glad we’re playing chess!” said Rensch. “It’s been a true honor to help judge the finalists of the #MyChessPokerGame Platinum Pass Adventure and we hope this is just the beginning of more exciting collaborations between the global chess and poker communities.”

The chess match and games demonstrations are expected to run about two hours, beginning live Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). Watch live on  or

Which poker pro and chess master team do you think will win? Let us know in the comments. 

Key lessons for chess team at World Olympiad – Daily Nation

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Kenya will aim for an improved performance at the next edition of the World Chess Olympiad in 2020, according to Chess Kenya President Bernard Wanjala.

The Kenyan team, which arrived back Tuesday from this year’s edition of the Olympiad held in Batumi, Georgia, won two individual titles in the women’s category.

Sasha Mongeli, who had previously gained a Women Candidate Master (WCM) title during the 15-day event, went one step better and attained the higher Women Fide Master (WFM) title with two rounds to score.

Her score of eight wins out of nine games was one of the best in the Olympiads and the highest percentage score by a Kenyan in the Olympiad’s history.

Compatriot Lucy Wanjiru who also attained a WCM title after stunned her higher rated opponent in a well-played rook ending.

And Wanjala, who was elected Africa Chess Confederation Vice President at the biennial global event, has promised sweeping reforms that will see Kenya become a chess giant in years to come.

“We want to make chess a vibrant sport in the region. We plan to introduce chess in schools’ program that is vital for the growth of the game at all levels,” said Wanjala.

His sentiments were echoed by newly-elected FIDE President Arkady Divorkovich.

“We want to start bringing more success stories in Fide and I want to contribute immensely to this. Kenya is key in our global agenda,” said Arkady.

KCB Group Chief Operating Officer Samuel Makome lauded the team for giving a good fight in Georgia.

“We are proud of what the team has achieved especially the ladies. We should now focus on improving our game playing and resilience,” he said.

How To Watch Wesley So vs Vidit Gujrathi Speed Chess Tuesday –

The next match of the Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals is Tuesday as Wesley So ( @gmwso) faces Vidit Gujrathi( @viditchess). The match winner will play the Polish prodigy Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the Speed Chess final four. 

So is definitely the favorite to advance in this match, but how big a favorite is he? Find out what our statistical predictions think. 

Watch the match live, .

The following viewing options will be available:

  • the official broadcast with IM Daniel Rensch and GM Robert Hesswatch here to see the Twitch chat.
  • watch here to see the chat.

so vs vidit speed chess

The match is the 11th of 15 action-packed events in the main Speed Chess Championship bracket.

speed chess championship bracket

The match format:

  • 90 minutes of 5/1 blitz.
  • 60 minutes of 3/1 blitz.
  • 30 minutes of 1/1 bullet.
  • 3-minute breaks between segments.
  • If a game begins before the end of the segment timer, that game counts fully and will be played to completion. 
  • Higher seed starts with White, and colors alternate thereafter.
  • Highest cumulative point total wins. If points are tied after the bullet segment, a four-game 1/1 tiebreaker match will be played.
  • If the match is still tied after the additional four 1/1 games, a single armageddon game will be played: White 5+0, Black 3+0, Black gets draw odds. The player with the highest blitz rating at the start of the Armageddon chooses his color.
  • Full match rules are available here.

The match prizes:

  • Winner: $1,500 and advances to round three of the SCC.
  • An additional $1,500 split by win percentage.
  • Additional prize funds donated by the Twitch community during the live show will be split evenly between the two players. 

scc prizes

Who’s the favorite to win? 

The SmarterChess predictions call So the 70 percent favorite to win the match and advance to the Speed Chess final four. The model has the American winning both blitz portions, taking a four-game lead into the bullet segment. In the 1+1 segment, the model says that Vidit has the edge, forecasting a one-game margin for the Indian player. 

If Vidit wants to pull off the upset, he will have to keep it close in blitz and then make up the gap in bullet, according to the SmarterChess predictions. 

The SmarterChess statistical model bases its predictions on prior performance by the players in selected events. 

smarterchess predictions

Next up for the Speed Chess Championship is Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. 

Check for results and the full schedule. 

hikaru nakamura vs mvl

You can find all the information on the 2018 Speed Chess Championship here, including rules, format, players, and complete schedule. 

Let us know your match predictions in the comments or on Facebook. 

Find out how Liverpool star fared on his chess debut –

Date published: Monday 8th October 2018 12:54

Liverpool and England wonderkid, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has crashed to defeat in his chess match against world champion Magnus Carlsen on Monday.

The 20-year-old dubbed the “Melwood Grandmaster” after he announced his love of chess, put up a valiant defence against the Norwegian who has reigned over the sport for the last eight years.

The match held in Manchester was organised by Kaspersky Lab and World Chess, to promote the forthcoming World Chess Championship. Although championship matches can last around six or seven hours, it took Carlsen just 17 moves and five minutes to put the Golden Boy nominee into checkmate.

Alexander-Arnold, who celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday, stepped up to the table looking confident following his team’s 0-0 draw against Premier League title rivals, Manchester City.

That confidence was partly because the global cybersecurity giants and World Chess Championship partner, Kaspersky Lab had been helping Trent with innovative technology to help the rookie in his battle against the “unbeatable” Carlsen. It had also called up two of the country’s most promising players and, future Grandmasters, Kyan Bui (12) and Shreyas Royal (nine), to coach the fellow youngster ahead of the match.

The company had partnered with 4tiitoo to use NUIA eye-tracking technology to allow Trent see Magnus’ future moves based on where the opponent was looking on the chessboard. The ground-breaking tech showed what squares the opponent was focusing on and, thus, enabling Trent and his backroom staff to better plan their next move.

Tore Meyer, co-founder and CEO of 4tiitoo said that “it definitely helped Trent to stay in the game” after Trent lasted longer than another of Carlsen’s famous opponents, Bill Gates, who lasted only nine moves.

The full-back, who headed to join the England squad after the match, had promised that “he might shock people” and he definitely succeeded.

Although Carlsen was always expected to win, the match served to only further the belief that he is a future Anfield captain and a prominent part of a new generation of ‘thinking-footballers’ swapping computer games for more brain-stimulating forms of recreation.

Speaking minutes after the match, Trent said that he was “proud of his performance” and that he “hopes this will inspire more kids to play chess”.

Liverpool & England Football Player Trent Alexander Arnold Training day with Kaspersky Lab and Work Chess Championship. 30th September 2018 Picture By Mark Robinson.

Liverpool’s No.66 said that the technology, a lot like in football helped him to ‘survive’ against Carlsen:
“Firstly, I want to congratulate Magnus on playing a great game, he is the deserved winner today. I am so grateful for Magnus taking time out of his schedule and playing me and Kaspersky Lab for making it all possible. If it wasn’t for their support and, of course, Shreyas and Kyan, it would have been a lot harder.”

“I am definitely not on his level at chess, I play it for fun and he is the champion of the sport for eight years, that’s quite a record.

“There is no doubt that the NUIA technology that 4tiitoo created helped me by seeing where Magnus was planning to go. That being said, if I took him on at one-on-one on a football pitch, he wouldn’t stand a chance, no matter what technology he had!

“This whole experience has been an eye-opener, not only into just how much goes into becoming great at the game but also seeing the similarities between it and the sport I love, football. Football and chess can seem like polar sporting opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game.

“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer and I guess, that is true across most sports now.

“Although it may go down as a 1-0 loss, I will be practicing more and maybe there will be a re-match.”


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Chess Olympiad: Celebrating The Winners –

In the evening of the final round, the closing ceremony of the Batumi Olympiad was held in the Batumi State Musical Center. Here’s a pictorial report.

With the winning teams rightly placed in the first rows, the Olympiad’s closing ceremony started with a traditional Georgian dance performance. After a video presentation and some brief speeches, the first medals were awarded and then performances and awards followed each other.

Like the opening ceremony, the closing was well received by the audience. Below are the pictorial highlights of the evening, which lasted about 2.5 hours and was the culmination of the 43rd Olympiad.

Dvorkovich with Russian team

Dvorkovich met with the Russian teams shortly before the start. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Chinese team with Zhu Chen and Maia Chiburdanidze

The Chinese women’s team with Zhu Chen and Maia Chiburdanidze. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi officials

Left-right: Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Mahir Mamedov, Arkady Dvorkovich, Bachar Kouatly, Georgios Makropoulos. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Dvorkovich Makropoulos

Former rivals Dvorkovich and Makropoulos chatting. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Audience closing ceremony Batumi Olympiad

Spectators standing up for one of the anthems. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi dancing

Traditional Georgian dancing at the start. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi concert hall

The hall as seen from the back. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Juga de Prima Batumi Olympiad

Singer/artist and chess lover Juga singing Oh Capablanca. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Poland category prize

Poland just missed out on a medal, but as a small consolance, they did win the category A prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Egypt

Egypt, the winner of the category B prize, partly thanks to Bassem Amin (second from the right) who scored an undefeated 8/11 on board one. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Ecuador

Ecuador, the winner of the category C prize, taking a selfie on stage! | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Afghanistan

Afghanistan, the winner of the category D prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi South Sudan

South Sudan, the winner of the category E prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Russia

Russia finished fourth in the women’s tournament and won the category A prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, the winner of the category B prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Kyrgyzstan Closing Batumi

Kyrgyzstan, the winner of the category C prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi El Salvador

El Salvador, the winner of the category D prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Kosovo

Kosovo, the winner of the category E prize. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Christian Bauer Jennifer Yu

Board five, bronze medals: Christian Bauer (France) and Jennifer Yu (USA). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Girya Smirin Batumi Closing Olympiad

Board five, silver medals: Olga Girya (Russia) and Ilya Smirin (Israel). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Boshra Korobov

Board five, gold medals: Alshaeby Boshra (Jordan) and Anton Korobov (Ukraine). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Rauf Mamedov and Bela Khotenashvili

Board four, bronze medals: Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) and Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Lei Tingjie and Bu Xiagnzhi Batumi Closing

Board four, silver medals: Lei Tingjie and Bu Xiangzhi (both China). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Brunello Fridman Batumi Closing

Board four, gold medals: Marina Brunello (Italy) and Daniel Fridman (Germany). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Piorun Matnadze

Board three, bronze medals: Kacper Piorun (Poland) and Ana Matnadze (Spain). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Huang Qian Kramnik Batumi Closing

Board three, silver medals: Huang Qian and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Balajayeva Cori Batumi Olympiad Closing

Board three, gold medals: Khanim Balajayeva (Azerbaijan) and Jorge Cori (Peru). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Aleksandra Goryachkina Teimour Radjabov

Board two, bronze medals: Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Irina Krush Ian Nepomniachtchi

Board two, silver medals: Irina Krush and Ian Nepomniachtchi. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Mariya Muzychuk Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son

Board two, gold medals: Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vietnam). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Ding Liren trying to get on stage Batumi closing Olympiad

Ding Liren needed help to get on stage for his gold medal. He would need to hobble on there two more times. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Ding Liren Ju Wenjun Closing Olympiad

The individual stars of the Olympiad, with gold medals for board one: Ding Liren and Ju Wenjun of China. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Board one winners Batumi Olympiad

Board one, bronze medals (right): Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), silver medals (left): Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary) and Fabiano Caruana. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Ding Liren on stage closing ceremony

Getting off the stage was even harder for Ding! | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Ju Wenjun Jorge Cori

Best individual performances: Ju Wenjun (China) and Jorge Cori (Peru). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Georgia bronze Batumi Olympiad

Team bronze in the women’s section: Georgia 1. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Ukraine women Batumi Olympaid

Silver for Ukraine, in good spirits again after they lost the battle for gold so narrowly. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

China women Olympiad closing ceremony

Gold in the women’s section: China. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

2018 Batumi Gaprindashvili cup

Since 1998, the country with the highest combined score receives the Nona Gaprindashvili Cup. This year it was, of course, China. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi Russia bronze

Bronze: Russia. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

USA wins silver at Batumi Olympiad

Silver: USA. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

China wins Batumi Olympiad

Gold: China. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Winners Batumi Olympiad

The winning teams together. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Closing ceremony Batumi dancing

And a final, traditional dance to close the closing. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

FIDE flag

Traditionally, the Olympiad ends with the FIDE flag being handed over to the organizer of the next. The 44th edition will be in two years from now in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Vassily Filipenko, the mayor of Khanty-Mansiysk and the President of the Ugra Chess Federation, was given the flag by Arkady Dvorkovich. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Earlier reports:

Play Judit Polgar In The Global Chess Festival Online! –

Judit Polgar ( @JuditPolgar), unarguably the greatest female player of all time and one of the greatest attacking players of all time, will play 20 fortunate opponents on as part of the Global Chess Festival Online. This simultaneous display will take place the day prior to the main Global Chess Festival on .

This year’s fourth annual Global Chess Festival will take place all-day Saturday, October 13. The venue is the breathtaking Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest.

Judit Polgar notes that the “the Global Chess Festival promotes the 1,000 faces of chess all around​ the world. We aim to share the beauty of chess with five million people by 2025, to connect and enjoy chess-related activities on the day of the festival. The power of chess connects people.”

In cooperation with the Global Chess Festival, will be hosting the aforementioned simul on Friday night and a 24-hour arena tournament running Friday through Saturday. More information is coming soon! To keep up with all of this, be sure to join the Global Chess Festival club on

Play Judit Polgar

Twenty players will be selected to play Judit Polgar in the simultaneous display. The event will be a clock simul in which participants will receive 30 minutes on their clocks while Judit will play with 90 minutes.

Participants will be selected to represent the diverse countries, cultures, and perspectives which chess binds together. To be considered, simply fill out the registration form. The registration deadline is 8 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, October 9.

Watch the Twitch Stream

Those not selected or able to play will still be able to enjoy the show with a live Twitch stream on

IM Anna Rudolf ( @Anna_Rudolf) will provide live commentary on the games and will be live with Judit in Hungary. Polgar will be joining the stream as well, providing occasional commentary while playing.

To whet your appetite for this event, here is one fun attacking game Judit won against a staff member, Simon, while preparing for this event. Doubtless Judit will win more attacking games next week, but will any members also manage to land a blow?

Learn About Judit

Judit Polgar is the greatest female player of all time. She was born in Hungary in 1976. Her father, László Polgár, trained her and her sisters Zsuzsa and Zsófia intensively in chess from a young age and all reached great heights.

Here are a few of her many achievements.

  • Youngest player (age 12) to enter the world’s top 100 rated chess players.
  • Youngest grandmaster (age 15) since Bobby Fischer.
  • Number-one rated female player from 1989 to 2014.
  • Peak rating of 2735 in 2005.
  • Author of a best-selling chess book series about her games and life.

Judit Polgar, Female Chess Player, Global Chess Festival

Judit Polgar. | Photo: Maria Emelianova, is proud to collaborate with Judit Polgar and the Global Chess Festival on this event, an incredible opportunity to celebrate the global chess community. #ChessConnectsUs