Since the early 19th century, many chess grandmasters have come and gone, some better than others. This elegant data visualization by Abacaba shows which players were the very best, and how long they were able to maintain their dominance.
There are just 32 pieces on a chessboard, but the number of patterns in which those pieces can move in the course of an individual game are astronomical. Still, as these maps show, despite all those different possibilities, each piece has a pretty clear pattern behind it.
The rules of chess have remained consistent since the early 19th Century, but that doesn’t mean our approach to the game has stayed the same. Here are some intriguing and surprising ways the Game of Kings has changed its shape over the past 150 years.
Nineteen years ago today, IBM's Deep Blue computer made history by defeating reigning world chess champ Garry Kasparov.
Nobody wants to be "used as a pawn." But, in truth, pawns have a better chance of survial than knights and queens. Based on data from more than two million master-level tournament games, this chart shows the chances for each chess piece to remain standing until the bitter end.
The perfect is the enemy of the good. We know that phrase very well. What the Einstellung Effect proves is the good can be a real enemy of the even better. When we have a solution that's good, we can't begin to think about a better one.
The highly competitive Sinquefield Cup is underway in St. Louis. Earlier today, grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won his seventh consecutive match — and he did so against the world champion. Chess pundits are calling the streak a "historical achievement."
What happens when the queen chess piece discovers her king watching pawnography? This video reveals what chess pieces get up to during their private time.
Although chess has been played for centuries, it wasn't until the 19th century that the game really took off in Europe and the U.S. Yet not everyone had a favorable view of this crazy new fad. Several critics decried chess as a source of intellectual laziness and anti-social behavior that could even provoke violence.
Theoretically, there are 71,852 positions that can be obtained in chess after each player's fourth move, the vast majority of which are strategically useless. So where to start? This remarkable visualization shows how the opinions on this matter have changed over time.
If you love science—and laughing both at scientists and with them—there's a great new Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal looking for crowdfunding. Plus, animator Ralph Bakshi has a new independent animated project, a crew of laser cutters is building Space Invaders chess sets, and a puppeteer is working on an…
Do you like Batman and/or chess? Do you have $800? Are you and your money soon parted? If you said yes to all three of these questions, then I'm happy to present your next completely unnecessary purchase: the $800 Batman chess set from The Noble Collection. From the official description:
We totally love the Vintage Science Fiction Book Covers gallery over at Classic Scifi Books. Especially when they seem to group the covers together into a random theme - like all of these chess-themed covers they posted in a batch. Check out tons more at the link.
It costs a pretty penny ($949 to be exact) but this cute Doctor Who chess set by Emmi Visser transforms the Eleventh Doctors exploits into a royal game of cosmic proportions. Here's the full character list for all 32 pieces:[Via ]
Alien vs. Predator was by no means brain candy, but that doesn't mean you and an opponent can't settle your differences using this natty Xenomorph versus Yautja chessboard. Hell, go the extra mile and indulge in some chessboxing. Emulate AVP's hammy fight scenes!
Science fiction and fantasy are full of weird games, from Quiddich to Pyramid. There are games of death. There are games of skill. But most of all, there are games that you'd have to be nuts to try and duplicate in real life.
We've been on the fence about NBC's new superhero series The Cape, but these new villain snaps, along with some interesting casting news, have given us new hope.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the eccentric president of the Russian federal subject of Kalmykia, stepped down from office today. Ilyumzhinov believed he'd been visited by aliens and poured an estimated $50 million into building a "Chess City" at the Kalmykian capital Elista.