Saturday, January 30, 2010

Genius Vishy

Anand has been playing a brilliant game against Kramnik, going on right now.

UPDATE:  Anand won in style.

Post-mortem comments by the modest genius

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kramnik as standup comedian

Oh yes, Corus. (I do have to work for a living.)

“At the start of the game Magnus just sat there with his eyes closed to the point where I wondered whether he’d fallen asleep and I should wake him up,” Kramnik told reporters afterwards. “But, seriously, my guess is that Gary (Kasparov) called him beforehand and told him he should try 1. e4. In the end he came up with 1. d4, which was the wrong choice, I think. He should have avoided the Catalan, a line I have a great score with, no matter whether I play white or black.”
Too bad there isn't a live ratings list for trash-talking.   But Kramnik backing up his words: he's now clear #3 in the world, only one win away from (re-)breaking the 2800 barrier.  Here's his win with Black against Carlsen.

Would Kramnik-Carlsen be a more interesting match than Topalov-Anand?

not-so-artificial intelligence

More on the Kasparov NYRB piece here at the Daily Dirt.  (Corrected link.)

P.S.   There was a feature on NPR this morning based on this WSJ article (subscription required?).  For "emotional" (re chocolate cake), substitute "intuitive" (re chess intuition).

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Corus round 8

Not a good day for Nakamura. But it takes courage to play the Leningrad Dutch when your opponent (Kramnik) is expecting the Leningrad: here's Kramnik's analysis.

Tournament leader Shirov (+4) has five very tough games to play, and Nakamura (+2) is only half a point behind Kramnik and Carlsen (+3).  It's quite possible that +4 will be enough to win: Nakamura can realistically still get there.  +5 would be quite a tall order for Nakamura, but given his recent form and his remaining games, it's achievable. 

Round 8 report.

how we decide in chess

From a neuroscience blog!

Can working with computers improve our intuition? Interesting reading (especially in conjunction with Kasparov's NYRB piece); interesting comments. (via Andrew Sullivan)

Parenthetically, note that Carlsen's career is generating considerable attention from non-chessplayers.

P.S.  The blogger, Jonah Lehrer, was on Terry Gross's Fresh Air last Friday.  His new book is How We Decide.  And if you haven't read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success, you really should: at least one chapter is of particular interest to chess players.

Boris Spassky - 2008 interview