One of my goals in life is to cross and maintain FIDE rating of 2100. Hopefully reach 2000 rating by 2022. Well, it's more of a dream and not a goal yet; because I don't have a plan to achieve it. "Dream is nothing but a goal without deadline or a plan." However, I am... Continue Reading →
Few weeks back I came across this long and detailed interview "Must read books to become a better chess player" - by IM Saravanan Really enjoyed the interview and his passion and enthusiasm...also picked up few book ideas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRWrXgj4IA Today I saw the second part of this interview...in fact I am watching it now as... Continue Reading →
I wrote a blog post exactly 1 year ago on AlphaZero's breakthrough win against Stockfish. Today I came across a detailed peer-reviewed research article on AlphaZero published in Science Magazine. It talks about evolution of AlphaZero. Here is the article: AlphaZero: Shedding new light on the grand games of chess, shogi and Go Here is... Continue Reading →
World Chess Championship begins today! This is the first time when world rates #1 (current champion, Carlsen) and rated #2 (challenger, Caruana) are just 3 points apart...so close. Also, this is the first time when both player are rates above 2800. And lastly, this is the first time since Bobby Fischer (1972) that an American... Continue Reading →
For all the chess masters out there, can you solve this puzzle? The pieces move just like in chess and every move you make has to take another piece until only one is left standing. Which piece is the last one left, and where?
I love game of chess and Vishwanathan Anand is one of my heroes - not just as a chess player but also as a person! I have written blogs on Vishy several times so far. You can search through few of them here. Another great chess player I admire is Garry Kasparov! He is very... Continue Reading →
I like mathematics, puzzles, problem solving, brain teasers etc. I knew what Rubik's Cube was. But somehow I never saw one till I was 35 years old! Strange, but true. To be precise, I should say, I discovered Rubik's Cube at that time. Got fascinated. After many months of tinkering (and also with help from... Continue Reading →