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SparkChess is a game of chess that everyone can enjoy!

The SparkChess AI chess engine features NegaMax, Alpha-Beta Pruning, Aspiration Window, Iterative Deepening, Time Management, Principal Variation, Quiescence, Transposition Tables, History Heuristics, Null moves, Eval Pruning, Killer Moves, Late Moves Reduction, Razoring, Opening Books.

Official site: SparkChess.com
Author: Armand Niculescu.
Support: Liviu Niculescu.
Additional art: Marius Borcea and Mihai Radu.
Multiplayer: Union Platform

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Cody
Still learning the basics, Cody blunders, making him a good opponent for kids and beginners.
Deon
Deon knows the rules but doesn't have a clear strategy, so he easily falls in traps.
Claire
Your best partner for a quick game during the coffee break, Claire has a fast and friendly style.
Boris
Fast and aggressive, Boris is a powerful opponent for more advanced players.
Guru
This old master is slow but deadly. Are you up to the challenge?
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        World Chess Championship 2018

        Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana

        Game 1 / Nov 9, 2018

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        Caruana (0.5)(0.5) Carlsen

        Game 2 / Nov 10, 2018

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        Carlsen (1.0)(1.0) Caruana

        Game 3 / Nov 12, 2018

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        Caruana (1.5)(1.5) Carlsen

        Game 4 / Nov 13, 2018

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        Carlsen (2.0)(2.0) Caruana

        Game 5 / Nov 15, 2018

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        Caruana (2.5)(2.5) Carlsen

        Game 6 / Nov 16, 2018

        Draw

        Carlsen (3.0)(3.0) Caruana

        Game 7 / Nov 18, 2018

        Draw

        Carlsen (3.5)(3.5) Caruana

        Game 8 / Nov 19, 2018

        Draw

        Caruana (4.0)(4.0) Carlsen

        Game 9 / Nov 21, 2018

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        Carlsen (4.5)(4.5) Caruana

        Game 10 / Nov 22, 2018

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        Caruana (5.0)(5.0) Carlsen

        Game 11 / Nov 24, 2018

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        Carlsen (5.5)(5.5) Caruana

        Game 12 / Nov 26, 2018

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        Caruana (6.0)(6.0) Carlsen

        TieBreak / Nov 28, 2018

        CARLSEN WINS!

        CarlsenCaruana

        Stop those pawns!

        Stop those pawns

        In an endgame, stop your opponent’s pawn or pawns from promoting. A queen ahead in an endgame will likely win. In today’s article, the winning side stops two pawns before promoting its own pawn.

        Unexpected Opening Moves: Petroff’s Defense

        Unexpected Opening Moves: Petroff’s Defense

        The first 10 moves of a chess game, called the “opening,” can be a minefield. Although following opening principles — such as controlling the center, developing your minor pieces (bishops and knights), and castling — usually succeeds, you also have to know some common opening traps. In this article, the Petroff’s Defense trap is explained.

        Overloading at the Chess Olympiad

        Ding Liren

        Teams from China won both the Open section and the Women’s section of the 43rd Chess Olympiad, which took place in Batumi, Georgia. Grandmaster Ding Liren was first board for China’s Open section team. This article features a tactic, overloading, from his win over Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland.

        Judit Polgar: Chess Connects Us

        Strike Like Judit! The winning Tactics of Chess Legend Judit Polger

        Although Grandmaster Judit Polgar retired from playing top-level competitive chess in 2014, she is one of the game’s most active promoters. On October 13, 2018, the second Saturday in October and thus also National Chess Day in the United States, Judit and her sister Sofia will give a simultaneous chess exhibition (a “simul”) as part of the Global Chess Festival.

        Learn a basic endgame checkmate from Elliott Neff

        King + Knight + Bishop vs King chess endgame

        When facing a lone king, you should know how to checkmate if you have king, a knight, and bishop. Most videos only show the checkmate when the king is already on the edge of the board. But it is important to learn what to do when the defending king starts in the center. NM Elliott Neff shows how to drive the defender’s king from the center to the edge of the board and then follow it up with checkmate.

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