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      SparkChess is a game of chess that everyone can enjoy!

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

      Some annotated historical games courtesy of Jan van Reek

      Copyright ©2002-2021 Armand Niculescu / Media Division srl. All rights reserved.
      Sparkchess is Registered Trademark of Armand Niculescu

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          Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Magnus Carlsen

          Chess, the number 1,000, and Carlsen’s social media

          Although the chess board has 64 squares, the number 1,000 relates to two recent chess milestones. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has made 1,000 tweets, including tweets about the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships. On New Year’s Day, the Mechanics’ Institute posted its 1,000th Chess Room Newsletter. More 🡢

          Ian Nepomniachtchi

          FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships: A Christmas Miracle

          The FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships were originally scheduled for Kazakhstan. When that country’s government mandated a seven-day quarantine for many potential participants, FIDE found the championships a new home. More 🡢

          Magnus Carlsen, FIDE World Chess Championship, Dubai, 2021. Photo by FIDE/Niki Riga

          Carlsen wins 2021 World Chess Championship

          The 2021 World Chess Championship match was scheduled for 14 games, meaning that the first player to reach 7.5 points became the champion. Within the match, each win was worth one point and each draw was worth a half-point. By scoring his fourth win in Game 11, Carlsen reached 7.5 points and remained the World Chess Champion. More 🡢

          World Chess Championship 2021

          2021 World Chess Championship: Playing for Two Results

          The expression “playing for two results” means that one player may win or draw. The third result, a loss, is not likely to happen to that player. In both Game 6 and Game 8, Carlsen was playing for two results. Carlsen won the endgame in Game 6 strategically and used a tactic to get a winning advantage in Game 8. More 🡢

          Chess Christmas Gifts

          What chess gifts do you want under your Christmas tree? Maybe a sweater that makes you look like the World Chess Champion? What about a subscription to a chess magazine or an upgraded chess app experience? More 🡢

          Giant Chess Set and mascot Temoc

          Family Day Chess

          Like many colleges and universities, The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has a “Family Day” in the fall. Relatives come to campus to spend time with their college students and do fun activities. On October 16, 2021, the chess team was part of UT Dallas Family Day fun. More 🡢