The women’s world championship is happening right now. 3 decisive games in the first 8! Compare with the men, who drew 12 out of 12 last time.

This one in particular was a wild game.


Sitting at Union Square right now, waiting for some people to start playing Chess.

Gonna try and win against one of those folks? Ya get a good game outta it but also generally a good way to lose $5. There’s surely some cheating but mostly they’re just really good at chess.

I’d love to, but I’m terrible at chess. And also on another continent.

Certainly not. I’m a weak enough player I can still play against a free app.

Don’t feel bad, free app is better than any human ever.

I miss the ones that used to hang out in Harvard Square.


I think a lot of games would benefit from adding a chess clock. Crank up the time pressure. Now time is a resource you need to manage. Also people screw up under duress.

Another bonus, games that were killed by full calculation paralysis are more fun again!

I assume the guys talk about chess clocks in Take Your Fucking Turn?

The 2020 Candidates tournament is starting today, despite corona.

8 guys, round robin. The winner earns the right to play Magnus for the title later this year.

  • Fabiano Caruana, USA (previous world challenger)
  • Ding Liren, China
  • Wang Hao, China
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia
  • Alexander Grischuk, Russia
  • Anish Giri, Netherlands
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France
  • Kirill Alekseenko, Russia

If you only pay attention to the world championship, this is likely going to have a lot less draws - all 8 are trying to win, rather than 1 person trying to not lose.

The first round had 2 draws and 2 decisive games - 50% less ties than the last world championship!

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And halfway through, it’s suspended.

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