Marc’Andria Maurizzi has become a grandmaster at the age of 14 years , beating Etienne Bacrot’s record as the youngest ever French Grandmaster that was set 24 years ago in 1997. The Corsican’s 3rd and final GM norm at the 2nd Chartres GM tournament took him ahead of Teimour Radjabov to become the 13th youngest grandmaster in history. Sergey Karjakin holds the all-time record at 12 years and 7 months, though US prodigy Abhimanyu Mishra is pushing to break that record this year.

The pandemic has been tough on chess prodigies, starving them of many of the opportunities to face international opposition and chase records, but it hasn’t held back some players. In February we reported on Marc’Andria Maurizzi scoring his 2nd GM norm. He’s now scored a 3rd and final norm by winning another rare over-the-board tournament, the 2nd Grandmaster Tournament in Chartres, France.

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Jul 18, 2022

Top 10 Incredible Stalemates in Chess History

In the first round of the 2022 French League, the young FM Floryan Eugène played one of the most incredible swindles in chess history based on a stalemate, against GM Jean-Luc Chabanon. I’ve taken the opportunity to review the 10 most amazing stalemates ever played.

or once, I will proceed in chronological order.

1. Troitsky vs. Vogt, 1896

In a desperate position, the legendary study composer managed to save himself by showing all of his creativity over the board.

Who else than a genius composer could have imagined White getting stalemated in 3 moves, despite having a queen, two rooks, a bishop, a knight, and 5 pawns?
1.Rd1!! setting an amazing trap 1…Bh3?? into which Black fell! It looks like White just has a couple of checks before getting mated on g2.
2.Rxd8+! Kxd8! 3.Qd1+!! Qxd1 1/2

I must admit that this is probably my favourite stalemate ever played, but read on, the others will dazzle you as well!

Two pawns down, White forces stalemate with five precise moves.

1.Qf8+! Kf6 2.Qh8+! Kf5 3.g4+! hxg4 4.Rd5+! exd5 

5.Qc8+! Not on f6 nor e5, as the black king would no longer defend g4. 5….Qxc8 1/2


Apr 16, 2021

Who Is The Best Chess Player In The World?‎

You have probably heard someone say “I can beat all my friends at chess” or “I’m the best chess player at my school!” After rolling your eyes, you may have wondered: Who is the best chess player in the world?

The best chess player in the world is currently Magnus Carlsen. Magnus is the reigning world chess champion and has been since 2013.

Born in Norway in 1990, Magnus learned chess when he was five years old. He was quickly identified as a prodigy and became one of the youngest grandmasters of all time at the age of 13. Magnus has won numerous world championships, international tournaments, and online events. He is the world’s top player in every format of chess: from long tournament games to online blitz.

What makes Magnus the best in the world is that he seems to have no weaknesses. While he was a very aggressive player when younger, his game has developed to be strong in every area. He is dangerous without taking too much risk. He is strong in openings, middlegames, and endgames. He plays strategic and positional chess, but he also rarely misses tactical opportunities. And once he gets a small advantage, he knows how to convert it into a win.

Most people agree that not only is Magnus Carlsen the best player in the world right now, but he is also the strongest chess player in history.

Check out this amazing quick knockout game by Magnus Carlsen. It may help you understand why he’s the world champion.


Dec 17, 2020

Online chess is incredible, constructive and educational

The pandemic has reduced most professional sports to shadows of their former selves. But it’s done wonders for one game, maybe the last one you’d ever guess: chess.

A boom is taking place in chess like we have never seen maybe since the Bobby Fischer days,” said chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley. “And it’s happening all because the pandemic has driven people indoors, and they’re looking for something incredible, constructive, educational to do.

For the most part, the mainstream media portrays chess as a worthy, honest game. A CNN article stated, “Chess is a game of intellect. Remember intellect? In a world where every news development seems more implausible than the last, there is something infinitely reassuring in retreating to a series about a cerebral game, in which (this is not spoiling anything, I think) nobody cheats.”

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Reverse the lockout?
Searching for Bobby FischerIn the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer, at an in-person scholastic tournament, the parents accuse each other of cheating and then physically fight. The tournament directors lock the parents in a different area, away from the playing hall. The children cheer and continue their tournament games, playing honestly.

At national tournaments for kindergarten and first grade students, parents are not allowed in the playing hall. For older children’s games, parents may be in designated areas but not in the aisles between the boards. See the US Chess National Scholastic Chess Tournament Regulations. In contrast to these over-the-board regulations, perhaps parents should be with their children, and especially their very young children, during online chess tournaments.

According to National Master Jeff Ashton, owner of Panda Chess Academy, having parents nearby may be necessary for very young children, who cannot navigate technical glitches on their own. Recently, a six-year-old student of Ashton’s, left alone during a tournament, missed a round because he kept waiting for the game to start. He was scared to touch the screen because he wanted to follow all instructions to the letter. But he should have refreshed his browser to make the game begin. Parents can help by refreshing screens, reminding children to close all open tabs and avoid switching windows, turning off phones, contacting help desks, etc.

On the other hand, some chess parents can barely contain themselves during their children’s games, wanting to kibitz their suggested moves to their offspring. Just like the children in the Searching for Bobby Fischer playing hall, children competing online from home may hate for their parents to be in the room.

Yet, as children grow older, and improve at chess, they have more incentives and means to cheat. For example, an older child understands Stockfish’s decimal point evaluations. They may be tempted to use their knowledge to help them win. Winning feels good, and gaining rating points means admiration from parents and peers. Older children may also socialize in ways that leave them vulnerable to online predators, such as chatting, joining teams and groups, or using their real names.

Online chess seems like a perfect babysitter, but it’s not so simple.

According to Ashton, coaches should regularly discuss integrity and sportsmanship with children. Cheaters never win, winners never cheat, and other sayings about honesty might come off as corny but should be repeated to children before chess games.

Coaches and parents should also advise children to avoid multi-tasking. Phrase that advice in a positive way, that having a singular focus on a chess game is a great way to improve at chess. What it takes to be a good chess player, such as entering flow (deep concentration), also avoids cheating.

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