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The Chess Village
We often hear chess has benefits like development of cognitive skills, increased concentration and patience, etc but how often do we hear that chess helps in reducing addiction? The Chess Village is proof. In 1970s, around 50 years back, Marottichal, a secluded village in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, everyone was hooked on alcohol …
Chess in Bollywood
Chess is a symbol of intelligence, a way to signify for a person or brand that they have thought far ahead of their competition. That's why it's no wonder that chess has featured directly or indirectly in many movies all across the world. Today we will focus on a few bollywood movies that have used …
Winning against higher rated opponents
You are playing a tournament and have defeated a lower rated opponent in the last round. You feel confident, satisfied, and enjoy your accomplishment for a while. You check the next round pairings with a smile on your face and are greated by a familiar feeling of missing a heartbeat. You are paired against a …
Visualization Training – II
In the first article on this topic we saw how we could visualize an entire chess board in our minds. So what next? Now, we come to the pieces. PieceAnnotationKingKQueenQRookRBishopBKnightNPawn- (The pawn has no annotation) From the previous article, we already know the annotation for each square, as in this diagram. Now all we need …
Chess Boxing
What is chess boxing? Chess boxing is an interesting sport which combines chess and boxing. It is the combination of brain and brawn. A chess boxing fight consists of 11 rounds, 6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing, and a victory in either chess or boxing decides the result. There are alternate chess …
Unique Chess Sets
Oldest Chess Set- The Lewis Chessmen One of the earliest chess pieces are the Isle of Lewis chess pieces. They were created in the 12th century with Walrus ivory and whale's teeth. They are also known as the Uig chessmen after the Uig bay island they were discovered at, in March 1831. This hoard contained …
Visualization Training
Until 1954 it was widely believed that a human couldn't physically run a mile in under 4 minutes. It was just not humanly possible to do that. But everything changed on May 6, 1954 when Roger Bannister broke that myth and clocked a time of 3.59 minutes. Soon after on 21st June, 1954, John Landy …
Top 5 female chess players
Time and again women have proven themselves to being great athletes when it comes to various sports, be it indoors or outdoors. Even in chess, they have proven that they don't lag behind their male counterparts. After all, chess is undoubtedly a game of mental strength and definitely one that challenges the greatest of minds. …
Elo System
Any sport that you play has a ranking system. The number one ranked tennis player in the world right now is Novak Djokovic, the number one ranked cricket player is Virat Kohli and in the same way the number one ranked chess player is Magnus Carlsen. Chess uses an ELO system to define each player's …
Game Formats
The game of chess requires long term strategy and planning. However, that hasn't stopped enthusiasts from taking up shorter formats of the game where time is even more essential than normal. Introducing – Rapid and Blitz chess. A classical chess game is a battle fought over a long time, an average game lasts between 3 …

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