Legal battle over status of ‘mind sport’
Fans who think the card game bridge should be a sport have gone to court. Is physical exertion integral to sport, and is exercise of the mind just as valuable as exercise of the body?
Chess king vs prodigy in long-awaited showdown
The World Chess Championship should be a titanic battle between an old master and his brilliant young foe. But the first three rounds have ended in draws. Is this an unsatisfying result?
‘Mozart of chess’ to challenge for world title
At 22, Magnus Carlsen already has the highest rating in chess history. Now, after winning a tightly-contested tournament, he faces India’s Vishy Anand in the official world championship.
Greatest female chess player takes on the men
As schools rush to reintroduce the brain-boosting game of chess to the classroom, the world’s top players gather in London to compete. But where are the women?
‘Game of Kings’ on Armenia’s school curriculum
Authorities in Armenia are making chess a compulsory part of the country’s national curriculum. Pupils will study the game as a subject like science or maths. Smart move?
In Jeopardy: computer challenges human race
A computer program is challenging humans in a popular quiz show this week... It's a giant leap forward for AI but questions persist over just how far machines can go...