Today in Chess History

Birth Death Event

December 17

images/birth_ico.pngAlexander Beliavsky, 1953, Lviv, USSR
images/birth_ico.pngAlexander Zubarev, 1979, USSR
images/birth_ico.pngCarlos Matamoros Franco, 1966, Ecuador
images/event_ico.png1994: Russia wins the 31st Chess Olympiad held in Moscow, Russia

FIDE Ratings November 2014

1 Magnus Carlsen NORWAY 2863
2 Fabiano Caruana ITALY 2839
3 Veselin Topalov BULGARIA 2800
4 Levon Aronian ARMENIA 2797
5 Alexander Grischuk RUSSIA 2795
6 Viswanathan Anand INDIA 2795
7  Anish Giri NETHERLANDS 2776
8 Sergey Karajakin RUSSIA 2770
9 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2767
10 Wesley So USA 2762

Women FIDE November 2014

1 Judit Polgar HUNGARY 2675
2 Yifan Hou CHINA 2673
3 Wenjun Ju CHINA 2582
4 Humpy Koneru INDIA 2581
5 Nana Dzaganidze GEORGIA 2570
6 Anna Muzychuk UKRAINE 2545
7 Alexandra Kosteniuk RUSSIA 2541
8 Kateryno Lagno RUSSIA 2530
9 Mariya Muzychuk UKRAINE 2529
10 Viktoria Cmiltye LITHUANIA 2525

Computer Chess Rating List October 26 2014

1. Komodo 8 64 bit 4CPU 3301

2. Stockfish 5 64 bit 4CPU 3281

3. Houdini 4 64 bit 4CPU 3275

4. Gull 2.8B 64 bit 4CPU 3197

5. Critter 1.6a 64 bit 4CPU 3174

6. Fire 3.0 64 bit 4CPU 3166

7. Rybka 4 64 bit 4CPU 3161

8. BlackMamba 2.0 64 bit 4CPU 3139

9. Strelka 5.5 64 bit 4 CPU 3114

10. Chiron 2 64 bit 4CPU 3098

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Play on both sides of the board is my favourite strategy. - Alexander Alekhine

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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 ...