How St. Louis Helped Kickstart An American Chess Renaissance

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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.

Chess Links

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Chess Dominion - Great chess site for learning how to play. Has interactive tutorials, chess problems and chess computers that will play you in different games so that you can practice playing with just one piece at a time. Also features an interactive section where you can enter your games for analysis or share in the analysis of someone else's game. Includes a lesson plan for teacher's interested in teaching chess in their classrooms.

Louis Kessler's Chess and Computer Chess Links

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Of particular interest to me is the earlier stages of development of computer chess programs, primarily through the 1970's (which I was involved in). The main contenders for best program from that era until today also has my interest, as does Kasparov and his "deep" involvement with computers.

Carved rock could be world's oldest chess piece

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 22 are here. Check out what's clicking on A small object that was discovered in what's now southern Jordan seems to be the world's oldest known chess piece. The retangular piece of rock with two horn-shaped points on top looks like rooks, or castles, that have been found at other Islamic sites nearby. John Oleson, an archaeologist at the University of Victoria in Canada, discussed his analysis of the rock on Thursday at a meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

How Chess Computers Work

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If you have ever watched a person first learning to play chess, you know that a human chess player starts with very limited abilities. Once a player understands the basic rules that control each piece, he or she can "play" chess. However, the new player is not very good. Each early defeat comes as something of a surprise -- "Oh, I didn't think about that!" or "I didn't see that coming!" are common exclamations. The human mind absorbs these experiences, stores away different board configurations, discovers certain tricks and ploys, and generally soaks up the nuances of the game one move at a time.