Lifehacker: Let This Free App Explain How to Play a New Board Game (So You Don’t Have To)

Lifehacker: Let This Free App Explain How to Play a New Board Game (So You Don’t Have To). “Dized is a free app designed to walk players through new board games with engaging tutorials uniquely created for each title….When you first choose a tutorial, you see an initial summary screen, which includes the estimated duration one game will take, the number of players that can play at once, and the appropriate age rating. You’ll also see a summary of what the game’s all about, and have the option to check out either a tutorial or the rules.” The app currently has full tutorials for 39 games, but rule lists for many more.

Roskomnadzor blocked two pages of the website of the chess portal Chess.com; chess player Karjakin asked to restrict access to it (Mediazona)

Mediazona, headline machine-translated from Russian: Roskomnadzor blocked two pages of the website of the chess portal Chess.com; chess player Karjakin asked to restrict access to it. “Roskomnadzor, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, blocked two links to the pages of the Chess.com chess portal Roskomsvoboda drew attention to this . The reason for blocking was the article ‘On the war in Ukraine’. It states that ‘Chess.com strongly condemns the Russian government’s military aggression against Ukraine and its people.’ In addition, according to the authors of the site, they blocked the accounts of chess players who fell under international sanctions.”

Harvard Gazette: Chess is more than a game for researcher focused on brain health

Harvard Gazette: Chess is more than a game for researcher focused on brain health. “As the U.S. population ages, concerns about dementia grow larger. David Canning, the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and of Economics and International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is studying aging among chess players, reasoning that the centuries-old game serves as a type of cognitive test. The research involves analysis of a massive database of games from the U.S. Chess Federation and a second pilot study that will follow 200 players over time.”

The Next Web: New AI Scrabble mod only allows words that don’t exist

The Next Web: New AI Scrabble mod only allows words that don’t exist. “A festive game of Scrabble is a time-tested method of surviving the extended company of obnoxious family members. But losing to a crabby relative can make their company even worse. But this year, uncle Nigel (name changed to protect identity) will face a different challenge. Thanks to a new AI version of the classic board game, his distressing knowledge of the dictionary will be of no use at all — because real words no longer count.”

MakeTechEasier: Best Sites to Play Online Board Games with Friends

MakeTechEasier: Best Sites to Play Online Board Games with Friends. “Board games were once just a tabletop activity, but now you can play online board games with friends from anywhere. Online board games are quickly becoming a popular way to spend time with friends and family who may not share your geographical location, and it’s not just online chess anymore. Here are some great sites for you to play online board games with friends.”

Make Tech Easier: 6 Great Sites to Play Online Board Games with Friends

Make Tech Easier: 6 Great Sites to Play Online Board Games with Friends. “Board games have traditionally been a tabletop activity, but in the age of the Internet, there’s no reason every player needs to share the same table. Online board games are quickly becoming a popular way to spend time with friends and family who might not share your geographical location, and it’s not just online chess anymore. Here are some great sites for you to play online board games with friends.”

PC Magazine: How to Host a Virtual Game Night

PC Magazine: How to Host a Virtual Game Night. “Game nights usually include in-person gatherings with physical board games or cards, but coronavirus has turned our social lives upside down and shifted these hangouts to the internet. Read on for a primer on how to host a virtual game night.”

CNN: Korean Go master quits the game because AI ‘cannot be defeated’

CNN: Korean Go master quits the game because AI ‘cannot be defeated’. “A South Korean master of the ancient strategy game Go has announced his retirement from professional competition due to the rise of what he says is unbeatable artificial intelligence. The news that Lee Se-dol is bowing out comes three years after he lost in a closely watched series against Google’s AlphaGo in 2016.”

US Chess Federation: US Chess Digital Archive is Live

US Chess Federation: US Chess Digital Archive is Live. “The digital archive includes all Chess Life / Chess Review / Chess Life & Review issues in fully searchable PDF format, save a rolling ‘paywall’ of the most current 12 months of Chess Life, which are only available to US Chess members. Each month, a new PDF will be added to the public archive. This archive is available to the general public at no charge as part of our non-profit educational mission to empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess.”

MIT Technology Review: Instead of practicing, this AI mastered chess by reading about it

MIT Technology Review: Instead of practicing, this AI mastered chess by reading about it. “Chess fans love nothing more than discussing a masterful sacrifice by Bobby Fischer or an ingenious line of attack from current world champion Magnus Carlsen. It turns out that this chatter could help AI programs learn to play the game in a new way. One day, the same technique could allow machines to use the emotional content of our language to master various practical tasks.”

BBC: Waddingtons board games archive reveals wacky finds

BBC: Waddingtons board games archive reveals wacky finds. “When one of Britain’s biggest game makers folded it left behind a huge archive of titles. But for every family favourite, there were quite a few you might not have heard of.” I also have to include this sentence, which you will not see every day: “The snappily-titled Grade Up to Elite Cow – imagine Monopoly but with cattle – probably has the most uses of the word ‘semen’ ever seen in a board game.”

Mashable: ‘Scrabble’ is getting 300 new words this fall

Mashable: ‘Scrabble’ is getting 300 new words this fall. “It’s time to throw away your outdated dictionary and dust off those tiles, baby, because Scrabble is getting some new words. The folks behind Scrabble are beefing up the official Scrabble player’s dictionary with 300 new words to keep up with the times and give veteran players some fresh verbs and nouns to memorize.”