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April 2008

Create your own Database

Posted by 365Chess.com on April 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

We are very plase to announce the launching of a new tool: My Games.

Now with 365Chess.com you can make your own chess games database and you can have the same tools we have developed for our own database. If you load your games in 365Chess.com you could search the database and browse it using our Opening Explorer!

Applying the Opening Explorer to your games you can analyze your performance with each different opening and improve your play!

We hope you enjoy it!!!

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First FIDE Grand Prix in Baku

Posted by 365Chess.com on April 24, 2008 in Uncategorized

The first FIDE grand prix is taking place in Baku city, in Azerbaijan. The tournament started on April 20th and will finish netx May 6th. 21 top masters are selected to play in these grand prix tournaments.

After three rounds Alexander Grischuk from Russia is leading with 2.5 points followed by Karjakin, Radjabov, Gashimov, Carlsen and Kamsky with 2 points.

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Anatoly Karpov Playing Simultaneous in Cuba

Posted by 365Chess.com on April 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Anatoly Karpov Playing Simultaneous in Cuba

Former world chess champion and one of the most remarkable players in the history of chess, the Russian GM Anatoly Karpov opened a gigantic 4,000 chess board simultaneous match last Monday in Havana’s Computer Science University, during the 4th Cuban Sports Olympiads.

After being presented with a silver “Hombre del Futuro” Order granted by UCI, the Russian chess star played simultaneously in 10 out of 4,069 boards set in the Oscar Niemeyer square in UCI.

For nearly 3 hours a large audience watched the 12th world chess champion consider his moves in the simultaneous exhibition match as if playing in a world class tournament.

FIDE Master Ivette Catala was one of his opponents and she confessed to having the time of her life. “The fact that I lost made no difference.

Being encouraged and praised by one of my idols was a real bonus”, said Ivette.

Two hundred chess experts took part in the simultaneous exhibition match, among them Grand Masters Leinier Dominguez, Holden Hernandez, Walter Aencibia and Neuris Delgado. Well known Cuban sports stars such as boxer Felix Savon, judoka Estela Rodriguez, and former world boxing champ Teofilo Stevenson also took boards.

Karpov, 56, arrived in the Cuban capital on April 14, invited by Cuban sports officials to attend the 4th Cuban Sports Olympiads.

Activities on his agenda have included laying a wreath on the grave of Cuban former world champion in 1921-1927 Jose Raul Capablanca (1888- 1942) at Colon Cemetary in Havana. Karpov also toured the International Physical Education and Sports School at San Jose de Las Lajas municipality, 30 kilometers southeast of Havana.

On Thursday Karpov will conclude his activities, including meetings with Sports Cuban Institute (INDER) officials and a visit to the Rehabilitation center for children affected by Chernobyl’s nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union.

This is Karpov´s second visit to Cuba. In April 2004, the chess master headed a giant 13,000 board simultaneous match at the Ernesto Che Guevara Square of Santa Clara to close the 2nd Cuban Sports Olympiads.

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Chess Book May Have Leonardo Illustrations (or Not)

Posted by 365Chess.com on April 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

Reported discoveries of lost works by Leonardo da Vinci are almost as common as, well, images of the Mona Lisa.

The latest attribution to be proposed involves the design for the illustrations in a chess book from around 1500. The book, “De Ludo Scachorum,” or “The Game of Chess,” is by Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar and Renaissance mathematician who was a friend and collaborator of Leonardo. One of the earliest chess books, it contains 114 diagrams of chess problems drawn in red and black.

Long thought to be lost or destroyed, it was discovered in 2006 in a 22,000-volume library in northeastern Italy that belonged to Count Guglielmo Coronini, who died in 1990.

The nonprofit Coronini Cronberg Foundation, which oversees the library, enlisted Franco Rocco, an Italian architect and sculptor whose work has puzzlelike qualities, to examine the book and its illustrations. After a year of study he determined that Leonardo created the design on which the illustrations are based, possibly by building a chess set.

“I reached the conclusion that the diagrams are the invention of Leonardo da Vinci,” he said in a telephone interview.

Mr. Rocco said that he based his report on the quality of the drawings and the friendship between Pacioli and Leonardo. The proportions of the illustrations are based on the golden ratio, he said, like many figures in Leonardo’s compositions; he also noted a similarity between the queen and designs for a fountain in Leonardo’s “Atlantic Codex.”

His findings have been widely reported in the international press and have stirred some excitement in chess circles.

In his chess column in The Times of London, Raymond Keene wrote that the sophistication of the chess puzzles themselves could have come only from “a powerful intelligence” and might also be the work of Leonardo. But Martin Kemp, a prominent Leonardo expert who is an emeritus art history professor at Oxford University, has emphatically dismissed the possibility that Leonardo had any hand in the drawings. “There is not an earthly chance of them being by Leonardo,” he said in a telephone interview.

He said that there was no resemblance between the drawings and Leonardo’s work. Nor did he find the designs particularly compelling, he said.

The relationship between Pacioli and Leonardo is undisputed and has long fascinated art and mathematics scholars. The two met in Milan in 1496, and Leonardo illustrated Pacioli’s 1509 “Divina Proportione,” a treatise on mathematics and proportions that dealt at length with the golden ratio. (Two quantities or shapes are in the golden ratio if the ratio of their sum to the larger quantity is the same as the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one; expressed mathematically, the golden ratio is roughly 1.618.)

In 1499 the French invaded Milan, and Leonardo and Pacioli fled to Mantua. While there Leonardo drew a portrait of the marchesa of Mantua, Isabella d’Este, who liked chess. “De Ludo Scachorum” was written during this time and dedicated to the marchesa and her husband, Francesco Gonzaga.

Asked whether Leonardo might have designed the actual chess puzzles, Mr. Kemp said he doubted that. While Leonardo was interested in geometrical games, Mr. Kemp said, no information in surviving manuscripts suggests that he played chess.

“It is not improbable of him being interested in it,” he said, “but whether he had the patience to sit for hours and play, there is some doubt.”

As for Mr. Rocco’s investigation, Mr. Kemp called it “a nightmare of nonmethod.” He said the attribution was based on unsubstantiated ideas, which made the theory rickety from a historian’s perspective.

“You start with one hypothesis, and you build another hypothesis on top of it and then you build another hypothesis on top of that, and you have this tower of unsupported hypotheses,” Mr. Kemp said.

As he wrote in an e-mail message, “The silly season on Leo never closes.”

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Free chess sets for schools in UK

Posted by 365Chess.com on April 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

A secondary school is the first in this country to receive some of the 250,000 free chess sets produced by a plastics company.

Helenswood Lower School in Hastings welcomed the sets courtesy of Holloid Plastics.

The company created the items from plastic which would have otherwise have gone into landfill.

The scheme is the brainchild of sales director Fergus Christie, whose son Duncan discovered there was no chess club at the school.

Holloid Plastics has now teamed up with the English Chess Federation (ECF), based in Battle, near Hastings, to supply schools with free boards and pieces.

The first sets were handed to staff at Helenswood after the school became the source of the scheme’s inspiration.

Hastings and Rye MP Michael Foster presented the equipment.

He has written to other MPs to advise them to urge schools to apply for the chess sets.

The ECF has so far received almost 4,000 requests from schools across the country.

Peter Wilson, ECF’s marketing director, said: “With plastic chess sets and boards retailing at about £8 each, what we have is an injection of some £2 million into chess.

“I am not aware of anything of this scale being attempted anywhere.”

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