Online Categories

Online Arena announces the new Online Categories for the average amateur performance between 1200 and 2200 Elo points.

These categories can be achieved online by the members of the Arena, and obtained for free as soon as requirements are met. The categories of Arena National Master, Arena National Candidate, First, Second, Third category and Amateur are the same for men and women, they are registered and shown on the player's profile card.

Online Categories will be available starting from October 2015. Old defined categories will be automatically converted in the new Online Categories.

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How to defeat a computer - A lesson from history

Are you tired of computers’ domination over the great chess players? 

Are you worried that evolving technology could ultimately bring about doom for mankind? 

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then read on, because this post might just offer a glimmer of hope.


The creative mind of a chess player

According to Bobby Fischer:

‘A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will is required to become a great chess player.’

To pit your logic against your opponent’s, maintain concentration and then come up with a flash of genius when required is no mean feat. Based on genuine academic research, this post attempts to explain why logic and creativity are like opposing black and white armies on a chess board.