Today in Chess History

Birth Death Event

July 22

images/birth_ico.pngNikolai Krogius, 1930, Saratov, Russia
images/birth_ico.pngPawel Jaracz, 1975, Poland
images/event_ico.png1990: Judit Polgar of Hungary wins the Boys U-14 title at the World Youth Championship in Fond du Lac, USA

FIDE Ratings July 2014

1 Magnus Carlsen NORWAY 2877
2 Levon Aronian ARMENIA 2805
3 Alexander Grischuk RUSSIA 2795
4 Fabiano Caruana ITALY 2789
5 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2787
6 Sergey Karajakin RUSSIA 2786
7  Viswanathan Anand INDIA 2785
8 Vladimir Kramnik RUSSIA 2777
9 Veselin Topolov BULGARIA 2772
10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRANCE 2766

Women FIDE July 2014

1 Judit Polgar HUNGARY 2676
2 Yifan Hou CHINA 2629
3 Humpy Koneru INDIA 2613
4 Anna Muzychuk SLOVENIA 2561
5 Xue Zhao CHINA 2542
6 Nana Dzaganidze GEORGIA 2541
7 Kateryna Lagno UKRAINE 2540
8 Wenjun Ju CHINA 2538
9 Alexandra Kosteniuk RUSSIA 2533
10 Viktoria Cmiltye LITHUANIA 2525

Computer Chess Rating List February 22 2014

1. Houdini 3 64-bit 4CPU 3252

2. Stockfish DD 64 bit 4CPU 3244

3. Komodo TCEC 64 bit 4CPU 3238

4. Critter 1.6a 64 bit 4CPU 3175

5. Rybka 4 64 bit 4CPU 3160

6. Fire 3.0 64 bit 4CPU 3158

7. Gull 2.3 64 bit 4CPU 3155

8. Strelka 5.5 64-bit 3118

9. Hannibal 1.4b 64-bit 4CPU 3095

10. Chiron 2 64 bit 4CPU 3094

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The hardest game to win is a won game. - Emanuel Lasker

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The Story Behind the Creation of Chess Quotes

If you are like me ... an occasional half-decent chess club contender, it is very likely that you have quite the collection of chess books ...

"It has been said that man is distinguished from animal in that he buys more books than he can read. I should like to suggest that the inclusion of a few chess books would help to make the distinction unmistakable."  -  Edward Lasker

One day upon working my way through Garry Kasparov's excellent and inspirational "How Life Imitates Chess", I noticed that a chess quotation was referenced at the beginning of every chapter ... I also thought about a chess publication that used a collection of quotes on chess - some of them simply quite terrible and some not suitable to everyone's taste - and I thought about my rather large collection of chess books ... and the fact that I didn't know much of anything about websites ... what a great opportunity it would be to learn about web design and create a site on Chess Quotes before someone else takes the idea ! .. and I was 'off to the races' as they say!

Of course I now have a defence should 'the better half' chose to complain about the purchase of a chess magazine or a chess book ... Dear, this is an important part of my research ...