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      About SparkChess®

      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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          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 🡢

          Kateřina Němcová, photo by Lennart Ootes, Courtesy of the Saint Louis Chess Club

          Gift Horse or Trojan Horse in Chess

          If your chess opponent gives you a knight, check for teeth. The sacrificed knight may be a Trojan horse planning to bite you. More 🡢

          Nigel Short

          Winning! At chess, with Nigel Short

          Former World Chess Championship Challenger Nigel Short has written his first book, Winning. The English Chess Federation selected Winning as one of four books under consideration for its 2021 “Book of the Year.” Although Winning did not win, it got a special mention. Like Nigel Short the chess commentator, Nigel Short the chess writer is educational and entertaining. More 🡢

          Tolstoy playing chess with the son of Vladimir Chertkov

          Leo Tolstoy, Anish Giri, and Chess

          The International Chess Federation (FIDE) named Anish Giri its “Person of the Day” for September 13, 2021. Giri had just won the Tolstoy Cup, a nine-round, all-play-all rapid chess event with a time control of 15 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move. Games won by Leo Tolstoy (in 1906) and by Anish Giri (in 2021) are explored. More 🡢

          Igor Khmelnitsky and US Chess Board Member Kevin Pryor (August 2021)

          You versus Bobby Fischer

          International Master Igor Khmelnitsky participated in three U.S. Chess Championships. An actuary by profession, Khmelnitsky is also a chess player, coach, and author. In this article, I highlight one of his books, Chess Exam – Matches against Chess Legends: You vs. Bobby Fischer. More 🡢