Our newswire covers club news and local tournaments as well as any particularly unique or interesting chess articles, videos and other items from around the web. We leave coverage of most other national and international events to TWIC, Chessbase and others, though we do cover really big events.
Komodo Wins TCEC Superfinal
The world has a new strongest chess engine, Komodo 6, which beat out Stockfish in a close superfinal round of the TCEC Chess Tournament. ... more.
World Team Championship
After five rounds, Ukraine leads the pack of ten teams. The U.S. beat the top-seeded Russian team in an exciting round 2 but has since fallen back to ... more.
Anand Speaks Out
Vishy Anand speaks out in an extremely candid interview with CNN-IBN, the first he's done since the World Championship Match. He says ... more.
Hero's Homecoming for Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen returned home to Norway on his 23rd birthday to a hero's welcome complete with a water cannon salute at the airport, flowers, and ... more.
So, big surprise (not), low-on-the-ladder-hot-stuff Josh Hiban continued his run through the competition and racked up over 150 ratings points by winning ... more.
USCF Board Report (Mike Atkins)
The USCF Executive Board met at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend of Nov 15-17. We created a new committee ... more.
Don Dailey, 1956-2013
Don Dailey, the author of the Komodo chess engine, has died from leukemia at age 57 in Roanoke, Virginia. See Larry Kaufman's remembrance ... more.
How to Get Good at Chess, Fast
How to get better? Isn't that the question we all obsess over? Here is one player's path that took him from 1100 to 1950 ... more.
Kasparov Speaks Outs on the New World Champion
In Time Magazine Kasparov writes, "Carlsen’s greatest chess strength is his remarkable intuitive grasp of simplified positions and ... more.
The Role of Computers in Chess
When Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997, some people declared that computers had killed the game. But chess is ... more.
World Championship Postmortem
The World Championship Match just ended Friday, Nov. 22, in Chennai, India, with Magnus Carlsen dominating the former champ and winning by ... more.
Computer Chess: TCEC Superfinal
The superfinal between chess engines Stockfish and Komodo begins Nov. 22 at the TCEC computer chess tournament. Stockfish won the final qualifying ... more.
Are 12 Games Enough?
Some players have criticized the current format for the World Championship Match, arguing that 12 games is not enough to guarantee that the better player wins ... more.
One-Stop Round By Round Coverage: 2013 World Championship
We are providing a sort of round by round one-stop coverage fo the World Championship from the official site and all of the major chess news websites ... more.
World Championship Preview
The World Championship Match between defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway began Saturday, Nov. 9, in Chennai, India. Check out all of this background info ... more.
Kasparov's Prediction for the World Chess Championship
In a "Business Insider" article that draws parallels to Harry Potter, Garry Kasparov predicts Carlsen will win, and he says that will be ... more.
World View of Top Chess Player Stats
Following up on an article about which is the largest chess nation, Chessbase has now published an array of stats and maps about the depth and strength of ... more.
*NEW* ACC Photos
Finally (!), new pictures have been added to the ACC photo archives taken during the 2013 VA Senior Open and the 2013 World Open tournaments as well as DC Chess League and the recently begun GM Lecture series with Larry Kaufman ... more.
Youngest Super GM Ever
They're getting younger and younger! Chinese GM Wei Yi has reached the 2600+ level at the age of 14 years, 4 months, and 30 days, a new record. ... more.
Still Winning at 62
Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov is leading the pack at the Karpov Trophy Rapid Tournament in Cap d'Agde, France, after eight rounds. ... more.
Which Is the Biggest Chess Nation?
Think Russia has the most FIDE-rated chess players? Wrong. For the last ten years, that distinction has gone to France, which has 35,200 players. But India ... more.
The ACC Ladder is consistently seeing over 50 players engage in the battle over a checkered board of 64 squares. William Perkey won (3/4) the Ladder Prize ($50) for ... more.
How Do Chess Engines "Think?"
Chess engines, the strongest of which are now rated above 3000, have come a very long way from the first crude ones that we could ... more.
Underpromotion to a Bishop?!
It's sometimes necessary to promote a pawn to a rook, because promoting to a queen would mean stalemate, but have you ever heard of promoting to a bishop? ... more.
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The Arlington Chess Club (ACC) was founded in 1954 and is currently the longest continuously meeting club in the D.C. area. When it began, that honor belonged to the Washington Chess Divan, which had its origins in the late 19th or early 20th century.
The Divan closed for good in the early 1980's, leaving ACC to carry on the chess tradition in the Washington metropolitan area. ACC is not only one of the largest clubs in the area and the country, it has the distinction of having the longest active weekly ladder tournament in the nation.
The club has more than 200 active members. To play on the club’s ladder or ...
For over 2700 Fridays, members have fought on the ACC ladder. Play a rated ...
Try your hand at a 3-round G/30 Action or a 5-round G/5 Blitz conducted every ...
Club teams compete against teams from other DC area clubs ...
Grand Masters usually give an hour lecture and then take on ...
Just drop on by and play for fun with friends!!
Kids of all ages can learn and improve from a variety of ...