With interest soaring in machine learning and its role in all kinds of games, chess will be in the spotlight at the prestigious MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this year, organizers announced today. The chess program is scheduled for Saturday, March 2. Chess.com's The panel places chess at the famous Sloan conference, which has deeply influenced the landscape of sports and social science analytics in recent years. The session is called Chess AI Transformation: How Self Learning AI Taught Chess Computers (and Humans) a Lesson. "The game of chess continues to act as a barometer for the leading edge of artificial intelligence, and [...] artificial intelligence continues to fundamentally transform the game at the highest levels," according to the conference promotional materials.
The St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center has a pretty humble beginning. After retiring and moving back to his Missouri home, financier (and Forbes contributor) Rex Sinquefield had settled into the St. Louis area. A lifelong chess player, Sinquefield told me his motivation for creating his club was pretty simple, "I just wanted a chess club. It thought it'd be nice to have a chess club in St. Louis." Nearly a decade later, the simple desire of a guy who just wanted to play chess in his retirement has turned a neighborhood in St. Louis into a virtual chess campus - complete with a club, a museum, a home for grandmasters, and a chess-themed diner.
An Iranian chess player who was removed from the national chess team for allegedly attending an international competition without wearing the Islamic headscarf has joined the United States chess team, reports said Monday. Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, was removed from the Iranian national chess team after she wore a headband instead of a headscarf at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival held in the British territory in February, the New York Post reported, citing an Iranian news agency. Derakhshani had finished 118th out of 225 in the Gibraltar event. The report also said Derakhshani's younger brother, Borna Derakhshani, too was removed from the Iranian team after he competed against an Israeli in the same event in February. Iran does not recognize Israel as a state and Iranians are therefore prohibited from competing against Israeli athletes at all sports events.
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