I remember reading about how, in the early days of computer chess, someone wrote this engine that played pretty poorly, but knew when the game was no longer in his favor and would resign. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Or would this have been a pretty common feature among many engines?
posted by Busoni
on Nov 11, 2013 -
Ok, so someone told me that chess is a lot like life in many ways and that becoming better at the game will also therefore make you better at seeing opportunities in life. Is this true?
I'm no spring Chicken and I just learned how to play this game. I'm not ashamed to say it- This game literally hurts my brain. It is really hard and I feel so stupid when I play this. I suppose that makes sense since my life sucks from bad decisions I've made... assuming there's any truth to what this guy told me.
posted by manderin
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I've been playing chess casually since I was a kid. I feel like my middle and end games are decent, but my openings are weak, mostly because I haven't properly studied common openings and mostly make moves intuitively. What is the best method/resource (preferably online/interactive, but book suggestions are fine too) that would work as an "introduction" and later a way to strengthen my opening game for a non-beginner?
posted by coffee and minarets
on Aug 18, 2013 -
Can you recommend a good chess book with as much history, context, stories, and culture as strategy? [more inside]
posted by suprenant
on Feb 27, 2013 -
I'm looking for an all-in-one game set with multiple games: chess, checkers, backgammon, etc. The hard part: should also include go
. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Dec 8, 2012 -
What iPad app(s) will record a chess game and email the resulting PGN file to two email addresses? (Bonus points if we don't have to enter the email address anew each time.)
posted by Soliloquy
on Nov 30, 2012 -
Which player is more highly regarded, in terms of skill and mastery of the game, by the world chess community: Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? [more inside]
posted by mousepad
on Sep 29, 2012 -
We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms
on May 29, 2012 -
Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games? I've been playing games on my phone, and I've got the option to export the PGN files. Is there a program I can use to import the games, that will give me easy to follow analysis or suggestions, or is there a forum where people give feedback on uploaded games? I'm not the most advanced chess player, so I'd rather something quite user friendly. Thanks in advance.
posted by surenoproblem
on Apr 28, 2012 -
A friend and I would like to start playing chess together. The only problem is that I'm a fairly strong player and he's not (knows the rules, hasn't played much, and not in a long time). Have any of you been in this situation? What to do? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Mar 12, 2012 -
My brother surprise birthday party is in a few weeks. He's an avid chess player. What is the dream chess set for the chess lover ?
posted by Baud
on Jan 25, 2012 -
What is the best single-player and multiplayer (like by mail, except push notifications) chess app for iPhone/iTouch? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson
on Aug 28, 2011 -
Is it possible to use chess.com on the Kindle 3G using the built-in web browser and 3G connection? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor
on Jul 2, 2011 -
Is there sheet music available for the newer production of Chess as performed two years ago at the Royal Albert Hall with Josh Groban and Idina Menzel (http://www.chessinconcert.com
)? Specifically I am looking for the arrangement of "Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)" (youtube video here
). All the versions of sheet music that I have been able to find are from the original concept album, which is substantially different. Not only lyrical differences, but the ending is completely different with a modulation and extended fugue with all four vocal parts. If nothing else, can anyone recommend a UK source for sheet music that might have something?
posted by Lokheed
on May 17, 2011 -
Hoping this exists: A website where I can set up a scenario on a chess board and then have it tell me what the next move should be.
posted by rastapasta
on Apr 27, 2011 -
I love the musical "Chess." It is rarely ever produced, though. How or where can I get alerts in my email when a production of "Chess" is in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game
on Apr 27, 2011 -
Is there any site which is as awesome for playing Go with a friend as lichess
is for chess? "Awesome" means more specifically lightweight (dial-up friendly), browser-based, ad-free, no registration required.
posted by Wolfdog
on Apr 6, 2011 -
I live in New York and I want to learn to play chess. Can anyone recommend somewhere I can get lessons? General tips on learning to play would be great too. [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13
on Mar 27, 2011 -
There was a chess match once between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky where Fischer deliberately made a wrong move to confound and confuse Spassky. Does anyone the details of this story? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety
on Mar 20, 2011 -
I am an intermediate/ advanced beginner chess player. How can I best improve? And what software, if any, should I buy? [more inside]
posted by resiny
on Jan 6, 2011 -
In the Dorling Kindersley book 'Learn Chess in a Weekend,' Ken Whyld, the author, says 'potentially there are more different games of chess than there are atoms in the universe.' Is this true?
I have been wondering this for way too long.
posted by westerly
on Oct 9, 2010 -
I'm getting back into chess and wondering what chess blogs are worth following. I'm interested in discussions of matches, analysis of positions and openings, and anecdotes about the game and its players. What sites do you check on a regular basis?
posted by ekroh
on Jul 20, 2010 -
I'm looking for some decent "vs" puzzle games that I and my 3 young boys (10 and under) can play against each other on my mac (a fun and silly chess game would be a plus, too). We have 2 macs in the house, so any online options would be welcome too! TIA.
posted by Brocktoon
on Oct 14, 2009 -
(Casual)ChessFilter: What is your personal policy on playing out hopeless chess games/conceding? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks
on Oct 12, 2009 -
TorontoFilter: I used to play chess all the time at the chess tables at Yonge and Gould before they tore them down about ten years ago. I know that these tables had a proper name. There was a City of Toronto plaque there that they removed about six months before they removed the tables. Does anyone remember what the official name was?
posted by 256
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Was the chess set
in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) a one-of-a-kind or a mass-produced set? What other details might you have on it?
posted by rush
on Mar 3, 2009 -
There are lots of pages that display portraits of professional and amateur athletes next to their statistics. Where can I find portraits and statistics/rankings of the people who compete in more intellectual/less physical competitions? I'd love to see what the best (and not so great) chess, scrabble, and crosswords players look like.
posted by eisenkr
on Jan 22, 2009 -
Looking for a Multitasking Timer: a bunch of timers on screen, clicking on one stops the others. Like a chess clock, but for 6 to 12 players. [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Oct 28, 2008 -
I remember an magazine advertisement from long ago which featured a slick chess set made out of desk drawer miscellany. The pawns were binder clips. I think the rooks were loupes. I've always wanted to see it again. Anyone else remember this and have any other information about it? What was the ad? What were all the pieces?
posted by wobh
on Jan 26, 2008 -