Saturday, November 01, 2014
Welcome to the all-new Polgar Chess University, where chess students of all levels, no matter where they live, have an opportunity to learn chess from some of the best instructors in the game. GM Susan Polgar, former Women's World Chess Champion, created this online school with the dream of bringing expert advice and training to chess enthusiasts around the world at a very affordable cost.
Susan herself developed the structured curriculum, personally teaching many of the courses along with other top chess players and professional instructors who will be joining the faculty as the school grows. Polgar Chess University is offered in this format:
- Courses identified by level — Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
- Three general courses, one at each level, run concurrently
- Course lessons are prerecorded lectures that may be viewed at your convenience.
- Your purchased lessons are yours forever. Download the lessons to your computers and devices.
- Your purchased videos are always available in your "My Downloadable Products" section.
- Courses can be imported into iTunes an sync'd on all your iDevices.
See for yourself what Polgar Chess University has to offer. Here is a sample full lesson in each track for your FREE viewing.
Please view individual lessons for each track below. We recommend watching each track in lesson order from the beginning of each level.
JUMP TO: BEGINNER | INTERMEDIATE | ADVANCED
FIDE November 2014 Rating List
2 of the top 5 players in the United States are a product of Webster University - SPICE chess program (Wesley So at #2 and Ray Robson at #5). Naroditsky, at #10, trained with the SPICE team for about a week recently.
Along with Shankland, they will be the faces of US chess for years to come.
Friday, October 31, 2014
XIV International Polish Clergy Chess Championship will be held in the Higher Theological Seminary in Płock, ul. Abp. A. J. Nowowiejskiego 2, 09-400 Płock from 6 - 11 Jully 2015
Format will be a 10-round Swiss system. All lay and religious clergy, seminarians and nuns are invited.
The registration forms are send by 30 June 2015 to: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical briefing will be on 6 July 2015 (Monday) at 14.45.
The first round at 15.15. The tournament will be concluded on Saturday, at about 12.30.
Equipment for games (chess pieces, clocks, etc.) are provided by the organizers.
The cost of stay 100 Euro. Seminarians, religious brothers do not pay.
Information on the website www.smpd.pl
Grand Prix round 8 results
Radjabov, Teimour vs Caruana, Fabiano [1/2-1/2]
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam vs Gelfand, Boris [1/2-1/2]
Jobava, Baadur vs Andreikin, Dmitry [0-1]
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime vs Giri, Anish [1/2-1/2]
Jakovenko, Dmitry vs Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar [0-1]
Karjakin, Sergey vs Nakamura, Hikaru [1/2-1/2]
Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls
Oct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, IL
Over $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!
A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!
Sections (Boys and Girls each)
U18, U16, U14, U12, U10
Prizes (Boys and Girls each)
1st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)
2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes
U16, U14, U12, U10
1st place – iPad Mini
2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.
All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teams
Rounds and Time Control
6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay: Sat-Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm each day.
9:30-10:30am Sat. Limit 2 byes.
Last rd. bye must commit by end of Round 2.
2-hour camp with GM Polgar (Fri 6:00pm)
Puzzle Solving (Sat 6pm)
Simul (Sat 7pm)
Blitz (Sun 9am).
1-day U8 tournament (10:30am - onsite reg 9:30-10am)
Trophies for 1st – 15th place and top 3 school teams
Participation Ribbons for All Players!
Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 2 scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.
Site: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg – 1800 E Golf Road – Schaumburg, IL 60173.
Hotel: $89/night – call 847-605-1234 and ask for CHESS rate. Reserve by Oct 11. Free parking.
Entries: If postmarked or online by 10/4 $40; online or postmarked by 10/18 $50,$60 thereafter. Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Simul Side Events EF – $20 each. Camp EF – $40 by 10/4, $50 by 10/18, $60 thereafter and onsite. 1-day scholastic: $30 by 10/18, $40 thereafter and onsite. Credit Cards onsite OK. No checks onsite.
Mail entries to: ChessIQ (payable to) 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113 Skokie, IL 60077. Register online at – http://www.chessiq.com/polgar2014
Other info: Boards, sets, and clocks provided. None for skittles. Must use organizer provided equipment. Chess store onsite. November rating supplement used. Questions: email@example.com (ONLY). On tournament day (ONLY) 847.274.1352
Using chess to maximize profits from weak investments
Oct 30, 2014, 11:02am CDT
By Susan Polgar and Douglas Goldstein
St Louis Business Journal
Susan Polgar is a chess grandmaster and head of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University.Douglas Goldstein is a certified financial planner. Together they are authors of " Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing," in order to give people a simple, strategic approach to taking care of their money. They agreed to share some of their insights and strategy from the book.
"Every pawn is a potential queen." - James Mason (Chess writer, 1849-1905)
The metaphor of promoting pawns to queens applies to many areas of finance: Save your pennies, since each one can grow over time; reinvest dividends to benefit from compound interest; or even troll through your attic in case your grandmother's old iron might have antique value. However, the metamorphosis from one piece to another has another interesting parallel in the world of investing. You've got a pawn that, compared with the other pieces on the board, lacks power. If treated right, though, and watched over on its journey, this meager piece can become a queen. Think of this path when choosing sectors in which to invest. Look at the relatively anemic parts of the market, find stocks with potential, buy them, and then stick with them as they slowly make it to their ultimate success.
Full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com
What do people say about the book?
or at a book store near you.
Chess, mathematics and weight loss
Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Oct 29, 2014, 10.17 PM IST
By: Santanu Chakraborty
We have all played chess as kids. But little do most people appreciate that an exceptional amount of energy is expended by top grandmasters competing at tournaments
Vishwanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen will continue their celebrated chess duel on November 5 in Sochi, Russia. Two nations, India and Norway, will watch as their heroes battle it out in a game that is tough on both mind and body. We have all played board games like chess and Chinese checkers as kids, but little do most people appreciate that an exceptional amount of energy is expended by top grandmasters playing in high level tournaments. For example in the world championship match between the legendary Gary Kasparov and his former student Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Kramnik lost almost 10 kilos in the course of the match!
So what exactly is the difficulty of chess?
Part of the answer comes from the mathematics of the game.
Chess, as many of you know, is a game played out on a square eight-by-eight board. Each side gets the following pieces: eight pawns, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, a king and one queen, each with definite rules of movement across the board.
The player with white has 20 possible ways in which to make the first move. The player with black can respond with any one of 20 moves. This can lead to any one of 400 positions (20 multiplied by 20 is 400) after a total of two moves alone. From here on something incredible happens. The number of possible positions after each move increases phenomenally.
Consider this, after three moves, the total number of possible positions is 5,362, and 71,852 after four moves.
The number of possible positions after five moves is over eight lakhs!
And that is only part of the story as only some of these positions are favourable to the player. Good players try to see a few moves ahead. The enormity of this task should be gauged in light of the above numbers. Do you now see how the intellectual effort of calculating various positions coupled with the nervous strain of a high profile match can make even a top player lose 10 kilograms?
It is this astounding complexity that makes no two chess games alike. They are familiar up to a point, and grandmasters will prepare for different opening sequences of moves. But as soon as the game moves beyond familiar territory - the unique part of the ongoing game - what begins to matter are a combination of calculation and imagination.
So in the final analysis, it is a combination of intellectual abilities, memory (especially for the opening phase), calculation (particularly beyond the first few moves) and imagination (when trying to come up with an unexpected sequence of moves) are what make chess such a stimulating game. And for its amazing treasure trove of properties, chess has been studied by Mathematicians, Computer Scientists and Neuroscientists; who keep discovering surprising facts about this age old game.
Perhaps computers will one day analyse every single possible chess game. They face just one small hurdle. Claude Shannon, an engineer and mathematician, studied the complexity of chess and approximated the number of variations in the following manner. In a typical grandmaster game every move has about 30 realistic possibilities.
Each cycle of moves would have 30 possibilities (give or take a few) for white and 30 for black. The number of positions after each cycle would be 30 multiplied by 30, equaling 900 positions. For ease of calculation we will approximate it by saying there are 1,000 possibilities to be considered after each cycle. A typical grandmaster game has about 40 cycles of moves. So the total number of variations to be calculated should be 1,000 x 1,000... 40 times, which is one followed by approximately 120 zeroes. In comparison the total number of atoms in the observable universe is estimated to equal one followed by only 80 zeroes!
So how does a grandmaster do it? Neuroscientists have begun to study such questions and found some surprising correlations. In a famous study chess experts and novices were asked to recall chess positions after only a few seconds. Interestingly chess experts perform much better than amateurs but only when presented with realistic chess positions. In other words, when presented with a scrambled position that would be unlikely to occur in a real chess game, the experts and novices performed similarly.
Chess masters also reconstruct positions in spatially connected chunks suggesting that they are remembering at least some aspect of its shape and visual impression instead of associating each piece with an individual square. These ideas are supported by brain imaging studies that show that experts use brain areas involved in visual processing and facial recognition.
Despite the theoretical complexity of a chess game, determined scientists have built programs that are today, after many years of intense human effort, stronger than any living human being. Ironic: but such is life.