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A Sandbox Called Ukraine: Chess, Not Checkers

A Sandbox Called Ukraine: Chess, Not Checkers

For months now, Russia has been amassing over 100,000 troops along its borders with Ukraine. Men and machines have been steadily piling up on the Russian side of the border, including self-propelled artillery, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, attack helicopters and even short-range ballistic missiles. The exact moment when Russia chooses to strike is anyone’s guess, …

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Putin ‘Playing Poker Rather Than Chess,’ Says Former UK Spy Chief

Putin ‘Playing Poker Rather Than Chess,’ Says Former UK Spy Chief

Why won’t Russia’s Vladimir Putin let Ukraine go? He might not be able to, according to a former head of Britain’s MI6 external intelligence agency, Alex Younger. In an interview Tuesday with the BBC, Younger said he cannot see how the Russian leader can back down as fears mount that Putin is poised to order …

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WATCH: Magnus Carlsen Lets Loose With Frustrating Gestures Despite Win Over 15 Year Old Grandmaster

WATCH: Magnus Carlsen Lets Loose With Frustrating Gestures Despite Win Over 15 Year Old Grandmaster

Magnus Carlsen makes frustrated gestures after winning the game against 15-year-old Indian Grand Master Praggnanandhaa. Even though the young Grand Master lost the game, it was impressive gameplay while playing against the world champion for the first time. ADVERTISING Article continues below this ad The current world champion accepted the Queen’s gambit line offered by …

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Chess Baths, Ruin Bars, & Revolution.  Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb, visits Beautiful Budapest, Hungary.

Chess Baths, Ruin Bars, & Revolution. Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb, visits Beautiful Budapest, Hungary.

My first impression of Budapest is that the city has a soul, I’ll explain soon. Pandemic Hits Since the pandemic started in 2020, I’ve been traveling extensively for reasons I’ll get to shortly. I’m lucky my parents raised my sister and me with the spirit for adventure. We’ve both traveled extensively since leaving the family …

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Serbia Discriminated Against Blind Chess Olympians, European Court Rules

Serbia Discriminated Against Blind Chess Olympians, European Court Rules

The FIDE World Chess Championship in Dubai, December 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALI HAIDER Serbia discriminated against four blind chess players who won medals at Blind Chess Olympiads by excluding them from awards and benefits that were granted to sighted players, the European Court for Human Rights announced on Tuesday. The Strasbourg-based said that the Serbian authorities …

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We taught computers to play chess – then they left us behind

We taught computers to play chess – then they left us behind

Oliver Roeder is a journalist, author and games player. He is a former senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, where he covered the World Chess Championship and other gaming activities. The following is an adaptation of his new book, “Seven Games: A Human History”, published by W. W. Norton. It’s in stores today. I still remember the …

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