Today in Chess History

Birth Death Event

April 17

images/birth_ico.pngAlon Greenfeld, New York City, USA
images/death_ico.pngBenjamin Franklin, 1790, Philadelphia, USA
images/birth_ico.pngVladas Mikenas, 1910, Talinn, Estonia
images/birth_ico.pngPeter Wells, 1965, Portsmouth, England
images/birth_ico.pngRobert Kuczynski, 1966, Poland
images/birth_ico.pngSergei Shipov, 1966, Murom, Russia
images/birth_ico.pngGrigory Sanakoev, 1935, Voronezh, USSR
images/birth_ico.pngRuben Gunawan, 1968, Indonesia
images/birth_ico.pngPawel Blehm, 1980, Olkusz, Poland

FIDE Ratings April 2014

1 Magnus Carlsen NORWAY 2881
2 Levon Aronian ARMENIA 2812
3 Viswanathan Anand INDIA 2785
4 Vladimir Kramnik RUSSIA 2783
5 Fabiano Caruana ITALY 2783
6 Alexander Grischuk RUSSIA 2777
7  Segey Karajakin RUSSIA 2772
8 Veselin Topalov BULGARIA 2782
9 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2772
10 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZERBAJIAN 2760

Women FIDE April 2014

1 Judit Polgar HUNGARY 2685
2 Yifan Hou CHINA 2618
3 Humpy Koneru INDIA 2613
4 Anna Muzychuk UKRAINE 2560
5 Xue Zhao CHINA 2552
6 Nana Dzagnidze GEORGIA 2546
7 Kateryna Lagno UKRAINE 2543
8 Wenjun Ju CHINA 2527
9 Alexandra Kosteniuk RUSSIA 2527
10 Mariya Muzychuk UKRAINE 2524

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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In blitz the knight is stronger than the bishop. - Vlastimil Hort

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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 ...