Remembering Deep Blue's Surprising Chess Triumph Over A World Champion

Nineteen years ago today, IBM's Deep Blue computer made history by defeating reigning world chess champ Garry Kasparov. » 2/10/15 6:00pm 2/10/15 6:00pm

Here's How Long Each Piece Is Likely to Survive In A Game Of Chess

Nobody wants to be "used as a pawn." But, in truth, pawns have a better chance of survial than knights and queens. Based on data from more than two million master-level tournament games, this chart shows the chances for each chess piece to remain standing until the bitter end. » 10/21/14 1:40pm 10/21/14 1:40pm

The Einstellung Effect Proves That a Good Idea Can Be A Very Bad Idea

The perfect is the enemy of the good. We know that phrase very well. What the Einstellung Effect proves is the good can be a real enemy of the even better. When we have a solution that's good, we can't begin to think about a better one. » 9/10/14 8:30am 9/10/14 8:30am

This 22-Year-Old Just Rocked the Chess World with "Historic" Win

The highly competitive Sinquefield Cup is underway in St. Louis. Earlier today, grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won his seventh consecutive match — and he did so against the world champion. Chess pundits are calling the streak a "historical achievement." » 9/05/14 12:30pm 9/05/14 12:30pm

The Secret, Sordid Sex Lives Of Chess Pieces Revealed!

What happens when the queen chess piece discovers her king watching pawnography? This video reveals what chess pieces get up to during their private time. » 8/14/14 11:20am 8/14/14 11:20am

That Time When People Thought Playing Chess Would Make You Violent

Although chess has been played for centuries, it wasn't until the 19th century that the game really took off in Europe and the U.S. Yet not everyone had a favorable view of this crazy new fad. Several critics decried chess as a source of intellectual laziness and anti-social behavior that could even provoke violence. » 6/10/14 9:20am 6/10/14 9:20am

A Visualization Of Popular Opening Chess Moves Over Time

Theoretically, there are 71,852 positions that can be obtained in chess after each player's fourth move, the vast majority of which are strategically useless. So where to start? This remarkable visualization shows how the opinions on this matter have changed over time. » 5/27/14 1:40pm 5/27/14 1:40pm

Crowdfund comics about science and scientists, Ralph Bakshi shorts, and…

If you love science—and laughing both at scientists and with them—there's a great new Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal looking for crowdfunding. Plus, animator Ralph Bakshi has a new independent animated project, a crew of laser cutters is building Space Invaders chess sets, and a puppeteer is working on an… » 2/03/13 12:00pm 2/03/13 12:00pm

Only Bruce Wayne can afford this ludicrously expensive Batman chess set

Do you like Batman and/or chess? Do you have $800? Are you and your money soon parted? If you said yes to all three of these questions, then I'm happy to present your next completely unnecessary purchase: the $800 Batman chess set from The Noble Collection. From the official description: » 12/27/12 2:20pm 12/27/12 2:20pm

The World is a Chessboard and We’re All Naked!

We totally love the Vintage Science Fiction Book Covers gallery over at Classic Scifi Books. Especially when they seem to group the covers together into a random theme - like all of these chess-themed covers they posted in a batch. Check out tons more at the link. » 11/02/12 7:29am 11/02/12 7:29am

Homemade Doctor Who chess set turns Matt Smith into a king, the TARDIS…

It costs a pretty penny ($949 to be exact) but this cute Doctor Who chess set by Emmi Visser transforms the Eleventh Doctors exploits into a royal game of cosmic proportions. Here's the full character list for all 32 pieces: » 9/11/12 11:30am 9/11/12 11:30am

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This Alien versus Predator chessboard was built for chessboxing

Alien vs. Predator was by no means brain candy, but that doesn't mean you and an opponent can't settle your differences using this natty Xenomorph versus Yautja chessboard. Hell, go the extra mile and indulge in some chessboxing. Emulate AVP's hammy fight scenes! » 1/09/12 8:30am 1/09/12 8:30am

10 Fictional Games that Lunatics Have Recreated in Real Life

Science fiction and fantasy are full of weird games, from Quiddich to Pyramid. There are games of death. There are games of skill. But most of all, there are games that you'd have to be nuts to try and duplicate in real life. » 8/10/11 10:19am 8/10/11 10:19am

Crazy new villain portraits raise our expectations for superhero show…

We've been on the fence about NBC's new superhero series The Cape, but these new villain snaps, along with some interesting casting news, have given us new hope. » 10/29/10 10:32am 10/29/10 10:32am

The curious Chess City of the Russian steppe

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the eccentric president of the Russian federal subject of Kalmykia, stepped down from office today. Ilyumzhinov believed he'd been visited by aliens and poured an estimated $50 million into building a "Chess City" at the Kalmykian capital Elista. » 9/07/10 11:20am 9/07/10 11:20am

The most amazing chess set you'll ever see

It took four guys one year, more than 100,000 legos, about $30,000, and a love for robotic awesomess to create Monster Chess. Keep watching, because it gets more and more impressive as it goes. [Topless Robot] » 6/15/10 1:00pm 6/15/10 1:00pm

Alien Will Kick Your Ass at Chess

Click to view » 8/16/08 11:05pm 8/16/08 11:05pmIt's been a while since I've stolen somebody's queen, but two alien-themed chess sets are putting me in the mood to do it. You can pick between AVP or aliens vs. Ripley. Here you can see the stately, evil-sacrifice-temple-themed chess board where aliens and Predators fight it out. Below, a closer look at…

Wouldn't You Prefer a Nice Game of Martian Chess?

If you ever find yourself hanging out a coffee shop with J'onn J'onzz or John Carter, you should know how to play Martian Chess. It's just similar enough to Earth Chess to drive you mad as you move your Queens, Drones and Pawns in an effort to claim the most points. I met the creator of Martian chess here at Origins… » 6/26/08 11:03am 6/26/08 11:03am