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Sheppard Library to host chess tournament  Greenville Daily Reflector

The Daily Reflector. Sunday, January 20, 2019. Sheppard Memorial Library is partnering with a local chess club to host the Pitt County Chess Open on Feb.

Greenville Daily Reflector
Saric Still Perfect In PRO Chess Week Two  Chess.com

After two weeks, only one player, GM Ivan Saric, has a perfect 8/8 score in the PRO Chess League. His dominant performance (as well as GM Eric Hansen's) ...

Chess.com
Chess tournament gives players a chance to test their skills  Kenosha News

Mike Souter of Racine is the kind of guy who strikes up friendly conversations with strangers.

Kenosha News
Second annual K-12 Chess tournament scheduled  Cache Valley Daily

A couple of retired math teachers got together and organized a chess tournament for students K-12 in Cache Valley, including students in Franklin County, Idaho ...

Cache Valley Daily
Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record  The Guardian

The Norwegian managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless run.

The Guardian
Lt. governor returns to proclaim CHESS upgrade complete  Cornell Chronicle

Fourteen months after Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul came to announce funding for CHESS-U, the upgrade is officially complete as she returns for a ceremony marking ...

Cornell Chronicle
Gukesh Becomes 2nd Youngest Chess Grandmaster In History  Chess.com

At the age of 12 years, 7 months, and 17 days, Indian prodigy Gukesh Dommaraju became the second youngest grandmaster in chess history. He scored his ...

Chess.com
Learning Life Lessons through Chess, and More  The Zebra

By Amanda M. Socci. [This story is also available in Spanish at: https://thezebra.org/2019/01/19/aprendiendo-lecciones-de-la-vida-por-medio-de-ajedrez-y-mas/].

The Zebra
Found: Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn to Ward Off Evil Spirits  Atlas Obscura

The sixth-century, two-player board game that tests skill, strategy, and stamina worldwide. Each of the game's 16 pieces (per side) has a role in the world of the ...

Atlas Obscura
Tata Steel Chess: Double-Dutch Day  Chessbase News

Anish Giri continued his strong run in the Tata Steel Chess Masters: he won with black against Jan-Krzysztof and extends his black winning streak to three ...

Chessbase News
Why Were Two Victorian Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn?  Smithsonian.com

In the mid 19th century, someone tucked two chess pieces into the wooden beam of a barn in Lincolnshire, a county in eastern England. There the little figurines ...

Smithsonian.com
Carlsen, Giri Join Leaders At Tata Steel Chess  Chess.com

In a most entertaining sixth round it was again "double Dutch" at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament with wins for both Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest.

Chess.com
Arena Kings Chess Returns For Season 3  Chess.com

UPDATE: The first event of the season is TODAY at 5pm PACIFIC!Chess.com and Twitch will partner once more for season three of the new Arena Kings chess ...

Chess.com
Ding Liren Catches Nepomniachtchi As Tata Steel Chess Visits Alkmaar  Chess.com

Ding Liren defeated Sam Shankland and joined Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead in round five of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, which visited the city of ...

Chess.com
PRO Chess Teams Power Up For Week Two  Chess.com

The new scoring system of the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League means teams aren't just trying to eke out victories. They're trying to demolish ...

Chess.com
You can now play wizard's chess in real life with this automated chess board  TODAY

This high-tech, automated board game allows you to play chess alone or play people around the world.

TODAY
When Mr. Robot met Mr. Poe: the curious case of the chess-playing machine  Baltimore Sun

In 1827, crowds gathered at Baltimore's Fountain Inn on Light Street to see a European chess-playing robot that had impressed the likes of Napoleon and ...

Baltimore Sun
Chennai Open Chess: Levan prevails over Saranya in round 2  Times of India

Chess News: Georgian Grandmaster Pantsulaia Levan had to dig deep before getting the better of Saranya in round 2 of the 11th Chennai Open International ...

Times of India
Uganda: Another Top Chess Player From Katwe Slum  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Gloria Nansubuga, 16, will forever be grateful for the opportunity to join the Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) Chess Academy and Mentoring Centre in Kampala ...

AllAfrica - Top Africa News
The Secrets Of Prearranged Draws In Chess  Chess.com

Prearranged draws are the reality of chess. You might hate it, you might fight it, but if two players want to make a draw, they will find the way to do it. Sometimes ...

Chess.com
Chess: can you find Kasparov’s might-have-been brilliancy?  Financial Times

World champion Carlsen draws 21 games in a row.

Financial Times
Tata Steel Chess R4: Carlsen Beats Giri's Drawing Streak  Chess.com

Anish Giri and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi were the only winners in the fourth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. With his fourth straight draw, ...

Chess.com
The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic  TechCrunch

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You're physically and emotionally drained, and you're pretty sure you've seen everything ...

TechCrunch
A New Year's Resolution: Improve Your Chess With New Lessons  Chess.com

We are excited to share with you the new Chess.com Lessons feature. We took a step back and looked at what would be the most effective way to help new and ...

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Bay Area International Makes Chess History  Chess.com

How can losers be winners? The 2019 Bay Area International in Burlingame, California made several fortunes foggy, but at the end of the nine rounds, the field ...

Chess.com
Can You Name The 1st Chess Player On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated?  Chess.com

The question at hand is not a trick, but it is tough. About a decade before Bobby Fischer made the cover, the inaugural chess player on the cover of Sports ...

Chess.com
Arena Kings Streamers Championship Season 3 Leaderboard  Chess.com

Here you'll find updated standings and leaderboard information for the Arena Kings Streamers Championship for season three. You can read the season three ...

Chess.com
How To Play Karate Chess  Chess.com

In one of my recent articles I shared a story of how I became a lucky owner of an amazing book that really helped my chess development. This is how that article ...

Chess.com
Little Things That Help Your Chess Game  Chess.com

Most lower-rated players want to improve their game, but many just want to slug it out in blitz and have a great time. I certainly understand that! However, for ...

Chess.com
Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws?  Chess.com

The 2018 world chess championship between world champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana last month saw the top two classical ...

Chess.com
Hexbot is a modular robot arm that does everything from drawing to playing chess  Digital Trends

Who wouldn't want their own personal desktop robot arm to do everything from laser engraving to competing against you in a game of chess? That's what ...

Digital Trends
Chess: Six-way tie at Hastings as tournament battles richer rivals  The Guardian

England's Danny Gormally, who missed a good chance to win outright, and Ireland's Conor Murphy were among six players who shared first place at Hastings.

The Guardian
Can you explain this chess mystery?  Financial Times

While Magnus Carlsen has problems in slow classical chess, as shown by his twelve draws against Fabiano Caruana, he remains supreme in rapid (15 minutes ...

Financial Times
Can Chess Make You Filthy Rich?  Chess.com

Unlike professional soccer or tennis players, chess players cannot brag about their money. Yes, the world champion Magnus Carlsen is very rich and most of the ...

Chess.com
Tata Steel Chess R3: Nepomniachtchi Wins Again, Grabs Lead  Chess.com

Ian Nepomniachtchi took sole lead in round three of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The Russian grandmaster reached ...

Chess.com
Who's The Super-GM Under The Mask?  Chess.com

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's GM Wesley So! The place is Johannesburg, and the occasion is the South African Junior Chess Championship (SAJCC). In the ...

Chess.com
One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine  The New York Times

The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight — one that, for humans, may not last long.

The New York Times
Computer Chess Championship: 'Big 4' Engines Make Rapid Finals  Chess.com

The four engines that have dominated the Computer Chess Championship since its inception will battle once again in the finals of CCC 3: Rapid Redux. CCC 3: ...

Chess.com
Webster Finishes Clear 1st At Pan-Ams For 7th Straight Title  Chess.com

It a case of "7Up" for its collegiate chess program, Webster University has won the largest open collegiate team event in the Western Hemisphere for the seventh ...

Chess.com
Why Entrepreneurs in 2019 Should Play the 'Chess' Version of Taxes, Not the 'Checkers' One  Entrepreneur

This new year is the perfect time for entrepreneurs to revise their tax strategy: Strategic changes you make in 2019 could potentially result in millions in tax ...

Entrepreneur
Anand, Nepomniachtchi Start With Wins At Tata Steel Chess Tournament  Chess.com

Viswanathan Anand and Ian Nepomniachtchi won their games in the first round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The top ...

Chess.com
Chess retains its allure in smartphone world  TheRecord.com

A smile slowly spreads across Sean Gao's face and his eyes light up as he watches his opponent place a hand atop a bishop, preparing to make a move.

TheRecord.com
Chess: Magnus Carlsen retains world blitz title with dominant performance  The Guardian

The Norwegian world No 1 made up for a poor showing in the rapid by dominating the blitz in St Petersburg while England's Gawain Jones failed to sustain a ...

The Guardian
Positional Player vs. Tactical Player  Chess.com

I am going to do something a bit different. I am going to look at the games of the most prolific (and nicest), chess writer in the world: IM Cyrus Lakdawala.

Chess.com
Artemiev, Carlsen Lead World Blitz Chess Championship  Chess.com

With nine rounds to go on Sunday Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev share the lead at the World Blitz Championship in St. Petersburg. Kateryna Lagno ...

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Gukesh should take a break now: Viswanathan Anand  Times of India

Chess News: D Gukesh has raced his way to become India's youngest Grandmaster by featuring in 276 Fide-rated games in the last 15 months. The 12-year-old ...

Times of India
School Chess Workshop held  Dhaka Tribune

The Walton Elevator School Chess Training Workshop, organised by Golden Sporting Club, Bangladesh Chess Players Association and Bangladesh Chess ...

Dhaka Tribune
The 10 Best Chess Games Of 2018  Chess.com

With another year of chess history nearly in the books, what will fans remember most from 2018? The world championship draw-fest in London? Ding Liren's ...

Chess.com
Children's big chess idea wins council backing  Otago Daily Times

A group of Invercargill children are showcasing their passion for chess by planning a giant chess set for the city. The four Enrich@ILT pupils came up with the ...

Otago Daily Times
2019 Chess Calendar  chess24

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian will aim to defend their Tata Steel and Gibraltar Masters titles as 2019 gets off to a traditional start. This yea...

chess24
On Chess: The Importance Of Structuring A Chess Curriculum  St. Louis Public Radio

Like many other titled chess players, I have had the opportunity to be a long-term coach for many young talents. Shaping a new generation of players is an.

St. Louis Public Radio
Chess: Draw epidemic continues as grandmasters play safe at Grand Tour  The Guardian

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave halved seven games in the final of the Grand Tour in London before the deadlock was broken in the final blitz.

The Guardian
Announcing Chess.com's International Club Match Series  Chess.com

Chess.com is excited to announce our international club tournament series for Spanish, Russian, French, Portugese, Turkish, and Polish users. To celebrate our ...

Chess.com
Computer Chess Championship: Stockfish Leads After Stage 1  Chess.com

Stockfish, which has never lost a Chess.com computer tournament, is once again the leader at the end of stage one of the CCC 3: Rapid Redux tournament.

Chess.com
The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2018  Chess.com

Time flies. That's always the feeling when another year comes to an end—and it was definitely a great year for chess. Caruana winning the Candidates' (and a ...

Chess.com
Why Do People Play Garbage Chess Openings?  Chess.com

In last year's article about chess insults, I mentioned a funny episode that happened in the game between two chess legends, Tarrasch and Nimzowitsch.

Chess.com
After Achieving Chess Fame, 'Queen Of Katwe' Takes New Path  WBUR

Here's the part of Phiona Mutesi's story you might know from the Disney movie "Queen of Katwe." She grew up in Katwe, Kampala's largest slum. Her dad died ...

WBUR
Saudi loss is Russian gain under ex-Kremlin chess boss  The Guardian

Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the world chess federation, says he wants to increase the sport's transparency.

The Guardian
Chess master David Vigorito to take on 30 competitors -- at the same time  The Union Leader

Thirty chess players from the region will take on international chess master David Vigorito during a unique event this weekend in Nashua.

The Union Leader
World Rapid, Blitz Chess Championships Officially Opened; Carlsen To Start With Black  Chess.com

The World Rapid and Blitz Championships were officially opened on Tuesday evening in St. Petersburg, Russia. The drawing of lots resulted in Magnus Carlsen ...

Chess.com
Dutch Comeback: Giri, Van Foreest Win In Tata Steel Chess Round 2  Chess.com

After losing their games in the first round, Dutch GMs Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest bounced back with wins in the second round of the Tata Steel Chess ...

Chess.com
On the Market / Colonial features life-size chess board  Westport News

WILTON — The game of chess requires observation, strategy, and sometimes patience. Prospective homebuyers looking to purchase in the northern part of ...

Westport News
Carlsen Loses 2 Games At World Rapid Chess Championship Day 1  Chess.com

The first day of the World Rapid Championship in St. Petersburg saw a shocking start for Magnus Carlsen, who lost his first two games before recovering with 3/3 ...

Chess.com
Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Ding Top Seeds At 81st Tata Steel Chess Tournament  Chess.com

With the beginning of the new year, chess fans and players are getting ready for the first super tournament of 2019. It's the Tata Steel Chess tournament, which ...

Chess.com
China, US and North Korea: dangerous 3-way chess  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- The U.S. trade delegation sitting in Beijing's Ministry of Commerce on Jan. 9 must have wondered what the fanfare was across the street.

Nikkei Asian Review
Tata Steel Chess 2019 Preview  chess24

Magnus Carlsen plays in Wijk aan Zee for a 15th year as he looks to win the Tata Steel Masters title for a 7th time, but it's not going to be easy...

chess24
Dota Auto Chess Custom Mode Is Currently The Most Popular Game of 2019  IGN Southeast Asia

As of the week of 14 January 2019, the most popular and trending game of the new year is actually a Dota 2 custom game mode named "Dota Auto Chess".

IGN Southeast Asia
testPantsulaia among leaders in Chennai Open GM Chess  United News of India

Uniindia: Chennai, Jan 19 (UNI) *Fresh* from his Delhi Open title victory, Georgian GM Pantsulaia Levan (two points) worked his way through five hours to defeat ...

United News of India
World Rapid Chess Championship Day 2: 7-Way Tie; Anand, Carlsen Close Behind  Chess.com

After the second day of the World Rapid Championship in St. Petersburg, seven players are tied for first place. Despite losing one more game, Magnus Carlsen ...

Chess.com
'The Champion of Chess': PM Modi congratulates India's youngest ever Grandmaster D Gukesh, read here  Republic World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated India's youngest ever Grandmaster D Gukesh. In a tweet posted on Friday, PM Modi said that the chess ...

Republic World
Chess: India’s D Gukesh becomes the world’s second youngest Grandmaster  Scroll.in

At 12 years 7 months and 17 days, he missed Sergey Karjakin's record by 17 days but he has become India's youngest GM.

Scroll.in
Magnus Carlsen pays for poor start as Daniil Dubov wins World Rapid Chess  The Guardian

Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, lost three of his opening eight games in the World Rapid Chess Championship and was unable to catch the 22-year-old ...

The Guardian
Make chess art with ChessBase 15 raytracing  Chessbase News

Want to see your winning combination artfully visualized? ChessBase 15 makes this possible: How about a spectacular camera ride towards the opponent's king ...

Chessbase News
Some South Jersey girls are tackling the challenge of chess  Press of Atlantic City

MAYS LANDING — Anshruta Chidananda's interest in chess started when she attended elementary school.

Press of Atlantic City
Nineteenth-Century Chess Pieces Found in Lincolnshire Barn  Archaeology

LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND—A pair of chess pieces dating to the nineteenth century were uncovered during renovations of a barn in the town of Burgh le Marsh ...

Archaeology
Checkmate! Managing Panic Disorder Through Chess Therapy  Psychiatric Times

This mode of therapy, still in its infancy, could be used to analyze and monitor a patient's progress during play.

Psychiatric Times
Achievers: Student wins silver at world chess championship  Gainesville Sun

Erick Zhao, a fourth-grader at Williams Elementary, competed with world-class chess players to win a silver medal in the 201-player Under 10 Open division at ...

Gainesville Sun
Tata Steel Chess LIVE  Chessbase News

The 81st Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place from January 12th to 27th in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands (and two "on tour" locations). The "Masters" has ...

Chessbase News
Tavern takes over chess park but isn’t throwing away all of the pieces of the past  Los Angeles Times

A bar and restaurant is taking over the public chess park located in an alley off Brand Boulevard, potentially breathing new life into the space, while maintaining ...

Los Angeles Times
Chess for Success tournament set for Jan. 26 in Coquille  Coos Bay World

COQUILLE - The Chess for Success Coos Curry Regional Chess Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Coquille High School Library. All students ...

Coos Bay World
Veterans, Prodigies Clash At Sunway Sitges Chess Festival  Chess.com

The tournament is set in beautiful surroundings and the conditions for the players are excellent. The 5th Sunway Sitges international chess festival has attracted ...

Chess.com
Chess to enjoy — the Banff Open  Chessbase News

Playing in big open tournaments and watching top grandmasters in action is fine. But playing a small open for fun can also be a chess experience to enjoy.

Chessbase News
Want to play chess like a wizard? - Here is how you can bid on this gold and silver Harry Potter chess set  The Argus

A WIZARDING shop is giving people the chance to bid on a unique Harry Potter item.

The Argus
Stronger Than Ever PRO Chess League Takes Off Tuesday  Chess.com

Tomorrow the PRO Chess League's third season takes off with half of the first-week matches on Tuesday, January 8. The other matches will follow on Thursday, ...

Chess.com
60-year-old Navy veteran wins inaugural Veterans Chess Tournament - Salisbury Post  Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — Fourteen veterans from across the central Piedmont gathered Dec. 1 to battle on the boards of one of the oldest strategy games. A quiet shuffle of ...

Salisbury Post
Caruana, So Lead Arch Bishops In PRO Chess Week 1  Chess.com

The 2019 season of the PRO Chess League started strong with thrilling, competitive matchups and zero drawn matches. Only two teams, the Saint Louis Arch ...

Chess.com
If the Brexit negotiations are a game of chess, Theresa May is dangerously close to checkmate  Telegraph.co.uk

Two years ago, after Theresa May's fateful decision that she wanted us not just to leave the EU but to shut ourselves off from “frictionless” access to the export ...

Telegraph.co.uk
How the Artificial Intelligence Program AlphaZero Mastered Its Games  The New Yorker

James Somers on AlphaZero, an artificial-intelligence program animated by an algorithm so powerful that you could give it the rules of humanity's richest and ...

The New Yorker
William Brewer (1929-2019) Civil engineer taught and promoted learning chess.  Toledo Blade

William E. Brewer, a civil engineer who taught university students after a career with construction and concrete firms and who promoted chess in schools ...

Toledo Blade
John Leguizamo's New Chess Movie Is "a Love Letter to Miami Jackson Senior High"  Miami New Times

"Critical Thinking," an upcoming feature film based on the story of real-life chess champions from Miami Jackson Senior High, has been in the works for more ...

Miami New Times
Strategy and sportsmanship: Petoskey chess club builds new generation of players  Petoskey News-Review

PETOSKEY — As Robert Bemben sees it, chess sells itself.

Petoskey News-Review
Tata Steel Chess: Nepomniachtchi grabs the lead  Chessbase News

Ian Nepomniachtchi is now the sole leader at the 81st edition of the Tata Steel Masters after knocking down Vladimir Kramnik's Berlin wall in the third round of ...

Chessbase News
Tata Steel Chess starts tomorrow  Chessbase News

The annual "Tata Steel Chess Tournament" starts on Saturday in the Dutch North Sea town of Wijk aan Zee. The "Masters" is super-strong this year: Of the 14 ...

Chessbase News
Valve sponsors BSJ's Dota Auto Chess $5000 tournament  VPEsports

Custom game phenomenon Dota Auto Chess is about to get some prize pool competition. Dota 2 caster and analyst Brian “BSJ” Canavan announced Friday ...

VPEsports
Chess Team Clinches Final Four Spot with Pan American Performance  University of Texas at Dallas

Dec. 30, 2018. The UT Dallas chess team advanced to the Final Four for the 16th time in 19 years after its second-place finish at the Pan American ...

University of Texas at Dallas
Chess pieces from mammoth ivory?  AL.com

Huntsville's House of Staunton makes luxury chess sets that are sold across the world. These pieces are made from ancient mammoth ivory. ( Deborah Storey ).

AL.com
2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information  Chess.com

The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50000 in prize money and the ...

Chess.com
Sunway Sitges Chess Festival: Alonso Surprise Winner Ahead Of Inarkiev, Sasikiran  Chess.com

The surprise winner of the fifth Sunway Sitges Chess Festival was GM Alvar Alonso of Girona, Spain as the only player to reach a score of 8/10. Ernesto Inarkiev ...

Chess.com
Gaprindashvili: "I am very thankful that chess was my sport of choice"  Chessbase News

About a month ago, Nona Gaprindashvili took clear first at the 65+ Women's World Senior Championship. During her stay in Bled, the European Chess Academy ...

Chessbase News
‘The Grandmaster,’ by Brin-Jonathan Butler  STLtoday.com

If you can forgive the author and publisher for a misleading subtitle, you might enjoy “The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great ...

STLtoday.com
 

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Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide. Chess is believed to have originated in India sometime before the 7th century. The game was derived from the Indian game chaturanga, which is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games xiangqi, janggi, and shogi. Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad conquest of Hispania. The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the rules were standardized in the 19th century.Play does not involve hidden information. Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other. During the game, play typically involves making exchanges of one piece for an opponent's similar piece, but also finding and engineering opportunities to trade one piece for two, or to get a better position. In addition to checkmate, a player wins the game if the opponent resigns, or (in a timed game) runs out of time. There are also several ways that a game can end in a draw.The first generally recognized World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, claimed his title in 1886. Since 1948, the World Championship has been regulated by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the game's international governing body. FIDE also awards life-time master titles to skilled players, the highest of which is grandmaster. Many national chess organizations have a title system of their own. FIDE also organizes the Women's World Championship, the World Junior Championship, the World Senior Championship, the Blitz and Rapid World Championships, and the Chess Olympiad, a popular competition among international teams. FIDE is a member of the International Olympic Committee, which can be considered as a recognition of chess as a sport. Several national sporting bodies (for example the Spanish Consejo Superior de Deportes) also recognize chess as a sport. Chess was included in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games. There is also a Correspondence Chess World Championship and a World Computer Chess Championship. Online chess has opened amateur and professional competition to a wide and varied group of players.Since the second half of the 20th century, computers have been programmed to play chess with increasing success, to the point where the strongest personal computers play at a higher level than the best human players. Since the 1990s, computer analysis has contributed significantly to chess theory, particularly in the endgame. The IBM computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a reigning World Chess Champion in a match when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. The rise of strong chess engines runnable on hand-held devices has led to increasing concerns about cheating during tournaments.There are many variants of chess that utilize different rules, pieces, or boards. One of these, Chess960 (originally named "Fischerandom"), incorporates regular chess rules but with one of 960 different possible start-up positions. Chess960 has gained widespread popularity as well as some FIDE recognition.