The chess mind
04h46 18  février
Free ChessLecture Shows
Dennis Monokroussos
That is, they can be seen without a monetary cost (beyond that which you’re already spending to be online); it’s not that the shows are themselves imprisoned and require liberation. Gratuitous joke at my own expense behind us, let’s get down to details. Each week makes a show...
03h15 15  février
The Opera Euro Rapid: So the Winner after Beating Carlsen in the Final
Dennis Monokroussos
Another online rapid event, the Opera Euro Rapid, is underway (and approaching its conclusion), and once again Magnus Carlsen has had a difficult time of things. If I’m not mistaken, this is the fourth or fifth consecutive event he will not have won. As is commonly the case these days, it’s a two...
A Short Book Review of Kotronias’ The Modern Spanish: Breyer and Zaitsev Systems
Dennis Monokroussos
Despite my best efforts, publishers still send me books to review from time to time. This can be irritating, as a proper book review requires a serious time investment. Ignoring the book and doing nothing, though justifiable under the circumstances, bothers me too. So I’ll split the difference,...
Chess and Politics: Armenia and Azerbaijan
Dennis Monokroussos
Here’s an interesting but somewhat rambling article that seems to at least mention practically everything in contemporary chess: the Queen’s Gambit, women in chess, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, online chess, how much the top chess streamers are making, that Kasparov, Levon Aronian, and Teimour...
Time to Blog
Dennis Monokroussos
Thank you to those of you who have offered suggestions and also to those of you who have chipped in with donations to the blog. (See this post, if you’re wondering what this is all about.) More of either would be welcomed--and I mean the either part seriously. Anyhow, it’s now time to do some...
02h21 09  février
Website Goes Down, Website Goes Up - And More
Dennis Monokroussos
Very strange. From the time the blog went down on Thursday until this morning, I had been in contact with three different companies trying to get to the bottom of things and to figure out how to get it running again. I’m not sure exactly why it’s up and running, as all three companies mostly passed...
01h01 02  février
Stockfish Defeats Lc0 in TCEC 20 Superfinal
Dennis Monokroussos
The openings livened up a bit, and the number of decisive games rose dramatically from my previous post on the topic. In the end Stockfish won the TCEC 20 Superfinal, defeating LCZero by a score of 53-47, 14-8 in decisive games. (All wins were with the white pieces.) More info on the Wikipedia page...
23h10 01  février
Tata Steel: Van Foreest Defeats Giri in a Playoff to Win the Tournament
Dennis Monokroussos
It’s a bizarre result, worthy of a year that seems to have inherited more than its fair share of 2020’s turmoil. Anish Giri entered the last round of the Tata Steel chess tournament in clear first, half a point ahead of his Dutch countryman Jorden Van Foreest, Fabiano Caruana, and Alireza Firouzja....
05h41 31  janvier
Tata Steel: Giri Clings to a Half-Point Lead with One Round to Go
Dennis Monokroussos
And that round will take place in a few hours. Anish Giri could have clinched a tie for first, as he was very much winning against Alireza Firouzja in round 12. Somehow, he failed to convert; in part thanks to Firouzja’s dogged defense, but some of Giri’s errors were unforced, too. Thanks to his...
23h25 27  janvier
Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee): Grandelius Supplanted by Firouza and then Giri
Dennis Monokroussos
Nils Grandelius did a fine job through the first half of the tournament, but the caliber of the opposition has finally overtaken him. When we left off after round five of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, he enjoyed the solo lead, and he remained there after a draw with Fabiano Caruana in...