Chess’s Draw Problem Pt.2: The Schwartz Cup

Hello and welcome back to the discussion on how to mitigate the amount of short draws at the highest level in chess. If you missed part 1 of our discussion you can find it here. I thought it was important to get to the core of what I believe “Grandmaster draws” to be. Grandmaster draws are […]

Chess’s Draw Problem Pt.1: What’s the Core Issue?

Game 12 of the 2016 World Chess Championship got everyone nice and mad. It was the last game in regulation of a grueling 12 game match. The score was tied at 5.5/5.5.  Karjakin shocked the chess world by beating Carlsen in game 8. But Carlsen answered by winning game 10, all other games were drawn. […]

The Perfect Toddler Toy No One Uses

My toddler is weird. She is 1.5 years old and she is always fascinated by the ‘wrong part’ things. T-Bird was 6 months old on her first Christmas, do you want to know what her favorite present was? The wrapping paper. The paper that wrapped the presents, not any of the actual presents. Let me say […]

My Magnus Theory Pt. 2: Magnus’ Big Problem

Magnus Carlsen is the 3-Time World Chess Champion, he’s 26 years old, he’s probably the most talented chess player on earth, and I think he has a big problem. Here is my “Magnus Theory Pt 1.” The TLDR version is: Carlsen transformed his style from a Tal-like swashbuckler, to a extremely conservative positional player that relied […]

The Count’s Chess Puzzle Room

In the summer of 2016 I went to an “Escape the Room” puzzle in New York City with my wife and two friends. If you don’t know what an “Escape the Room” puzzle is, it’s basically a puzzle where you are put in a locked room, and you have 1 hour to figure out how to […]

2016 WCC, Tie-Breaks: The Elegant End

Is the current World Championship format good for spectators? In any chess match or tournament there will be draws. This World Championship we saw 12 games. Games 1,2,5,7,9 and 11 were “normal” length draws. Games 3 and 4 were marathon draws. Games 8 and 10 were decisive. The frustrating games for spectators were 6 and […]

2016 WCC, Game 12: A Toothless 35 Minute Draw

Does either player want tie breaks? I’ve been through 12 press conferences with Carlsen and Karjakin over the past three weeks. Many questions have been answered with: “I just play chess.” It’s a little frustrating trying to understand the mindset of the players, their strategies, their preferences when all we get is: “I just play […]

2016 WCC, Game 11: Karjakin’s Last Try with White

Fatigue is clearly taking its toll There is no way to know how this match is affecting Carlsen and Karjakin. The games are physically and emotionally grating. Three of the games have gone over six hours. The constant calculation and lack of human interaction is a heavy burden. Carlsen has mentioned the games “spinning around […]

2016 WCC, Game 10: The Beautiful Struggle

How did Carlsen and Karjakin get here? Trying to predict how Carlsen will handle this must-win situation is difficult because he’s never been in this situation before. Carlsen never trailed in either World Championship Match with Anand, and this is Karjakin’s first World Championship match, so it’s difficult to say how the pressure, and high […]

2016 WCC, Game 9: Karjakin Stays Aggressive!

Will Carlsen’s strategy change? During Game 8, GM Fabiano Caruana described Carlsen’s opening strategy: “It’s a bit tame, he probably just wants to get a position where he feels he can outplay him (Karjakin). I mean he’s not really better, but he has chances for some pressure.” I believe, to end up in positions where […]

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