It’s been a good few days for the Russian class of 1998! 20-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina won the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament with two rounds to spare, while 21-year-old Vladislav Artemiev shrugged off his first classical loss in 60 games to bounce back with three wins and overall victory in Poikovsky. Our tournament round-up is completed by the Asian Continental Championship, which was won by Le Quang Liem, while 15-year-old Alireza Firouzja was among the players to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

The last couple of weeks were dominated by Altibox Norway Chess, but as we’re going to see throughout 2019, there was a lot of top level chess elsewhere. Two of the winners were Russian players born in 1998 who could be said to have followed in Magnus Carlsen’s footsteps. Aleksandra Goryachkina emulated Magnus in Stavanger by only losing the final game of the Women’s Candidates Tournament, after wrapping up victory three days earlier. In the Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Vladislav Artemiev emulated Magnus by winning the event despite losing rating points.
Goryachkina makes no mistake

We said almost everything that needed to be said about Aleksandra Goryachkina’s phenomenal performance in the Women’s Candidates Tournament in our report after 9 rounds, when she’d beaten Valentina Gunina to reach a massive +6, 7.5/9 score. With a 2.5 point gap all she needed was to draw the remaining games, and indeed she drew her next three games to secure victory with two rounds to spare.

The other impressive run Vladislav Artemiev was nursing was an unbeaten streak in classical games that seemed to have stretched to 60 after draws in the first two rounds in Poikovsky. It was going to take something special to beat him, and that was provided by 38-year-old Indian Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, who played arguably the game of his life to beat Artemiev in Round 3. It was the kind of game that was so beautiful that despite losing Artemiev couldn’t deny his opponent the pleasure of finishing with checkmate on the board.

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Aug 30, 2021

Aimchess US Rapid day 1

Levon Aronian lived dangerously as he beat Liem Quang Le, Eric Hansen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to take the sole lead with 4/5 after Day 1 of the Aimchess US Rapid, the penultimate event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Magnus Carlsen got off to a dream start by beating Wesley So, but ended half a point behind Levon after getting mated by Alireza Firouzja. MVL has work to do to qualify, as does World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who lost his first two games and remains winless at the bottom of the table.

There are still two days and ten rounds to go before the eight qualifiers for the knockout are determined, so everything remains up for grabs. Follow all the action here on chess24 each day from 11:00 ET/17:00 CEST/20:30 IST.

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Aimchess US Rapid action with computer analysis and live commentary: Prelims, Knockout
  • Wesley So triumphs in the Chessable Masters
Jan 07, 2017

This robot can beat you at chess, then serve you coffee

A computer vision system helps the robot recognize an object’s shape, size, color and orientation. ITRI’s computer vision robot serves coffee to its opponent during a game of chess at CES in Las Vegas on January 5, 2017. The robot uses a computer vision system as well as deep-learning features to gently handle the chess pieces and react to the moves of its human opponent.

Player and robot communicate via a tablet, with the robot frequently asking for time to think before it decides on a move. The robot’s movements aren’t perfect (it failed to set down a chess piece when the chessboard was slanted), but it still does really well with gripping and precise movements. During the short time I was at the booth, the robot defeated its human opponent twice.

But the robot has a softer side, too: It served its opponent coffee as a demonstration of its vision system and dexterity. Though it was a bit slow, the robot smoothly filled the coffee cup on the table without spilling a drop.

ITRI says it envisions the technology being used in assembly lines as well as in hospitals to care for the elderly.

Robots that learn from experience and smart, autonomous drones are quickly moving from science fiction to reality and are on display at CES in Las Vegas. The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), based out of Taiwan, is showcasing these two technologies that could one day help robots take over the world.

The first is ITRI’s Intelligent Vision System, which allows robots to interpret the visual world, act on visual information, and learn from experience. That’s right, learn.

Many robots are programmed to perform a task repeatedly at a specific time and location. In other words, they don’t learn— they just do. The Intelligent Vision System allows the robots to adapt to their conditions.

sources: pcworld, foxnews

Nov 09, 2022

Wesley So wins Global Championship

Wesley So needed just two games on Monday to clinch a 4.5:1.5 victory and take the Global Championship title and $200,000. 18-year-old Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin won $100,000, by far the biggest prize of his career so far, but despite having some chances in the penultimate game he was unable to land any blows against the 3-time US Champion.

Nihal Sarin beat Rauf MamedovVladimir KramnikDing LirenSam Sevian and Anish Giri on the way to the Global Championship final, but Wesley So was finally the one star name he couldn’t overcome.

Wesley himself had beaten Denis LazavikVasyl IvanchukJeffery XiongDmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura, and especially in Toronto had only really looked vulnerable in the very first game, when he was on the verge of defeat against Dmitry Andreikin and then missed mate-in-2.

Going into the 2nd day of the final the score was 3:1 in Wesley’s favour, so that he knew he needed three draws, or a win and a draw, to seal the match. He admitted the proximity of his goal made him “very nervous”, which helped Nihal Sarin’s offbeat opening become a success.

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