Massachusetts Girl Is Awesome at Chess, Probably the Real-Life Ender

A nine-year-old girl in Massachusetts is way better at chess than you will probably ever be in your entire life. Her name is Carissa Yip, and after only three years of playing chess, she already in the 94th percentile of the 51,000 players registered with the U.S. chess federation. Sure, there might be some… » 7/28/13 6:00pm 7/28/13 6:00pm

Bill Gates Wants to Play, Get Badly Beaten by Girl Chess Genius

The adorable human nerdburger that is Bill Gates wants to play chess against Uganda's chess whiz-kid, 17-year-old Phiona Mutesi. Good luck, bro. We're not sure exactly how tough the game would be for Mutesi — seeing as she's already earned the title of Woman Candidate Master (WCM) at just 16 years old, and is well… » 3/18/13 9:30pm 3/18/13 9:30pm

Chess: The World's Classiest Drinking Game

For obvious reasons, drinking games don't usually require a ton of careful, long-term strategy, but why not test the limits of your brain with this chess set made of wine glasses. Drinking as you play is bound to make your game A LOT more interesting—though you might be so hammered by the end that you'll have no idea… » 6/14/12 10:00am 6/14/12 10:00am

Chess Is One Girl's Ticket Out Of The Slums

Now, this is amazing. Phiona Mutesi, a 14-year-old girl from the Ugandan slums of Katwe, has been recognized as a chess phenom — and has traveled to Russia to compete in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. » 1/13/11 3:15pm 1/13/11 3:15pm

A Nonsensical But Relatively Awesome New Editorial [NSFW]

Australian model Abbey Lee and an apparently ageless Susie Bick — that would be Mrs. Nick Cave — star in the 72-year-old English photographer's delightfully bizarre new i-D spread. Full steam ahead for disability chic, chess, and lots of nudity. » 12/27/10 5:09pm 12/27/10 5:09pm

Too Bad Women Suck At Chess, Says Times

A young Chinese woman becoming the youngest world chess champion is the perfect opportunity to air wildly unsubstantiated theories about women's genetic tendencies. Wait, what? » 12/24/10 3:27pm 12/24/10 3:27pm

9-Year-Old Prodigy Is America's Youngest Chess Master

Samuel Sevian's skills are "too intense" for his school's chess club, but that's okay—he's the U.S. Chess Federation's golden child. "It feels good," says Samuel, who'll probably nab himself a Fields Medal before he gets his driver's license. » 12/23/10 9:28am 12/23/10 9:28am

Young Women Beat Old Dudes At Chess

A team of young women called the Snowdrops recently beat the all-male Old Hands at the Czech Coal Chess Match. Though men outnumber women at the highest levels of chess, this is the second year the Snowdrops have triumphed. » 12/06/10 10:58am 12/06/10 10:58am

Meet The Russian Billionaire Who Just Bought Ford Models

Earlier this week, Vladimir Potanin bought Ford Models. But just who is this billionaire oligarch, media mogul, mining tycoon, philanthropist, and ex-politician? And what's the deal with Potanin's former partner and that whole prostitution-ring scandal? » 9/29/10 5:39pm 9/29/10 5:39pm

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