History of FIDE

History of FIDE

Each kind of sport has its own organization with managing rights. In chess, FIDE executes this role. It’s an abbreviation for “Federation Internationale des Echecs” in French. The headquarters of this institution is located in Lausanne. In fact, Switzerland can be called the queen of sports. This country of constant neutrality also accommodates the headquarters…

Fischer vs USSR

Fischer vs USSR. The confrontation

It’s always been interesting to observe one person standing up against the whole system. Such things frequently occur in sports. One of the most engaging plots evolved in the world of chess. American grandmaster Robert Fischer vs USSR and the entire Soviet system! Today we recall the events that happened 50 years ago.  A trap…

World’s Top Chess Players According to FIDE Ratings

World’s Top Chess Players According to FIDE Ratings

How does one identify the world’s top chess players according to FIDE ratings? To answer this quite reasonable question, an American physics professor Arpad Elo invented a special rating calculation system for a 2-player game. FIDE started using Elo’s ratings back in 1970. Since 2012, separate ratings were implemented for rapid and blitz chess. These…

Human vs Computer in Chess

Human vs Computer in Chess – The Chronicle

Today, no chess player can defeat a machine. Even Magnus Carlsen on a good day would be powerless. However, this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when matches of a human vs computer in chess did not have an obvious leader. Humans kept demonstrating their superiority. Such encounters used to be incredibly fascinating…

World chess champions

Top 5 World Chess Champions

Chess history has a lot of legendary players who enrapture and inspire with their art. Oftentimes, we compare ourselves with great players from the past and contemporary masters. This article contains the greatest examples of the World Chess Champions. Overall, there are 16 world chess champions, if we talk about the classical line. However, there…

Great Chess Players

Great Chess Players Who Never Became Champions

After learning to play chess, every child dreams of becoming the World Champion. It’s the ultimate goal that everyone strives for. Of course, few actually manage to accomplish it. In the history of the sport, only 16 people have “ascended”. But is it fair to say that only the World Champions can be considered great…

Chess Olympiad

Chess Olympiad – Prestigious Event

Whenever kids get into a new sport, they dream of one day accomplishing great victories. Of earning gold medals and basking in glory. The Chess Olympiad, as the name suggests, is the most prestigious event in a chess player’s life. Many dedicate their entire lives to it in hopes of achieving success. In many sports,…

Candidates Tournament

History of the Candidates Tournament in Chess

There are numerous different ways to enter the Candidates Tournament in chess. The principle of the World Championship cycle is rather complex. In this competition, only first place matters, since it allows the winner to fight for the World Champion’s title. From the beginning… After Alexander Alekhine died, and Botvinnik won the tournament match in…

Chess geeks

Chess Prodigies – Future Champions

Throughout history, there have been many young chess prodigies slated to become world champions. However, they haven’t always been able to accomplish that life goal. In some cases, the child decided to explore educational and professional prospects (Samuel Reshevsky). It’s also common for a chess player to start struggling upon entering the elite level. This…

Chess in the Arts

Chess in the Arts – Examples

From time to time, chess in the arts appears in history. Classical paintings showcase different periods of their development. The rules and the appearance of chess pieces have been changing in the course of centuries. After all, it’s one of the oldest games on Earth. Occasionally, the pieces occupy deliberate, rather than random, spaces on…