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One day after Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorian citizenship, the Wikileaks founder tweeted a cryptic picture of a famous 1918 chess match in which Cuban chess master José Raúl Capablanca defeats U.S. champion Frank Marshall using a pawn.
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 13, 2018
The move which Assange tweets can be seen below at approximately 7:14, in which the narrator says “And the white king is finally feeling safe.”
Checkmate via pawn. https://t.co/CLblc4nCmY
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) January 13, 2018
Theories naturally began to swirl in various corners of the internet, with some suggesting Assange’s tweet is a message to his followers that he, “the White King” is safe. Others took the “white king” to mean President Trump – who is well protected while a pawn is used to win the match.
Jan 4, 2018
Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura battled their way through a challenging field in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship. Now they face each other in a blitz and bullet chess throwdown. Don’t miss these two speed chess legends giving it their all!
What system would AlphaZero employ against Stockfish’s French Defense. Apparently AlphaZero is a big fan of grabbing space, opting for 4.e5, the Steinitz variation. By move 13, the game is already critical for Stockfish. AlphaZero accumulates a great deal of space over the board, and with the center closed it sets out to play on the wings. The two big questions for Stockfish are ultimately, where will your king reside, and what role will your queen-bishop play? AlphaZero has something to say about all of this.
PGN: 1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 cxd4 7. Nb5 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 Bc5 9. b4 Be7 10. Nbxd4 Nc6 11. c3 a5 12. b5 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nb6 14. a4 Nc4 15. Bd3 Nxd2 16. Kxd2 Bd7 17. Ke3 b6 18. g4 h5 19. Qg1 hxg4 20. Qxg4 Bf8 21. h4 Qe7 22. Rhc1 g6 23. Rc2 Kd8 24. Rac1 Qe8 25. Rc7 Rc8 26. Rxc8+ Bxc8 27. Rc6 Bb7 28. Rc2 Kd7 29. Ng5 Be7 30. Bxg6 Bxg5 31. Qxg5 fxg6 32. f5 Rg8 33. Qh6 Qf7 34. f6 Kd8 35. Kd2 Kd7 36. Rc1 Kd8 37. Qe3 Qf8 38. Qc3 Qb4 39. Qxb4 axb4 40. Rg1 b3 41. Kc3 Bc8 42. Kxb3 Bd7 43. Kb4 Be8 44. Ra1 Kc7 45. a5 Bd7 46. axb6+ Kxb6 47. Ra6+ Kb7 48. Kc5 Rd8 49. Ra2 Rc8+ 50. Kd6 Be8 51. Ke7 g5 52. hxg5
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Game 2 featured in research paper 1 minute per move, 100 game match, match score: 28 wins, 72 draws, AI Landmark game, Stockfish crushed, Bishop pair worth more than knight and 4 pawns
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Now that is how you beat Magnus…
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