The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in Chess.com’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to Chess.com’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on Chess.com and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: Share on Facebook read more

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When Did Sports Become So Political

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 28, 2017), we’re joined by New York magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman, who dropped by to discuss his article on recent political activism by athletes. Next, Michael Caley of ESPN FC and “The Double Pivot” podcast helps us break down Claudio Ranieri’s firing from Leicester City — not even a full year after the soccer team’s Premier League title win. Finally, ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller helps us imagine who the best baseball player would be in a world without stats. Plus, a significant digit on women’s basketball.Links to what we discussed this week:Reeves Wiedeman’s article on the rise of athlete activism.Firing Claudio Ranieri won’t fix Leicester City’s problems, writes Tim Wigmore for FiveThirtyEight.Catch more of Michael Caley’s soccer observations over on the “The Double Pivot” podcast.How do you determine baseball’s greatest player in a world without stats? Sam Miller lays out his theories.Significant Digit: 3,397, the number of career points that University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum has scored in her career for the Huskies. She broke the all-time NCAA women’s record on Saturday, with a 57-point game. read more

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iPad Pro 129 LTE 599 Update Sold out

first_img Motorola Moto phone saleMotorola’s Moto phones offer prodigious bang for the buck. Today: same bang, fewer bucks. A whole bunch of Moto phones are on sale, everything from the entry-level E4 Plus ($129.99) to the newer Moto G6 32GB ($159.99, even though the main promo page shows $199.99). See them at MotorolaThe Moto line has “Cheapskate approved” written all over it. Broadly speaking, you get a great set of features in phones that come unlocked and carrier-agnostic: They’re compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks, meaning you can use them with pretty much any US carrier.One thing, though: Many of Motorola’s sale prices are mere matches for the everyday prices offered on Amazon, though some of those prices are for Prime subscribers only. But there are a few better deals, like the Moto Z2 Play for $200. Amazon’s price: $239.Read more: The best phones for 2019CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It $674 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $674 reading • iPad Pro 12.9 LTE: $599 (Update: Sold out) Now playing: Watch this: $799 Apple News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150) See It See All iPad Procenter_img The Cheapskate $747 • Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected It’s the big one. Apple Good morning, cheeps! A couple quick housekeeping items to start the day. First, following yesterday’s maddening price-jump on the Acer camera, which happened mere minutes after I posted the deal, I’d like to encourage you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. That’s the best way to get updates when such issues arise. I also frequently share bonus deals throughout the day!Second, If you happen to live in southeast Michigan, come meet me this Saturday, April 6, at the Plymouth District Library at 10 a.m. I’ll be sharing some of my best money-saving secrets and handing out swag and raffle prizes. (Your chances of winning something: excellent.) Come on out! Bring a friend!As a longtime iPad fan, I’ve definitely experienced a little lust for the iPad Pro 12.9 — you know, the big one. But $999? No way, no how. And that was for the Wi-Fi-only model.Check this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H has the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with Wi-Fi and LTE (64GB) in gold for $599 shipped, which I believe ranks as one of the best deals ever on this particular configuration.See it at B&HThis is the 2017 model, so it still has a home button and still relies on Touch ID rather than Face ID. Surprisingly, it’s new, not refurbished, which is usually the only way you’d see a price this low.And speaking of that, Apple proper sells the refurbished iPad Pro 12.9 for $589 — but it’s the Wi-Fi-only version. A mere $10 more buys you retail packaging and the LTE option. (That said, Apple’s refurbs are pretty much good as new, right down to the new battery and one-year warranty.)See it at AppleAt this size, and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, the iPad Pro could potentially take the place of a laptop. And the LTE option is something few laptops have, a boon if you often find yourself “in the field.”I’m not sure how long these will last at this price, so if you think you might be interested, act fast. As we learned yesterday, the best deals often disappear in a hurry.Read more: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 review iPad Pro 2017 review: ProMotion for me! Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 8 Share your voice Best Buy 3:23 Tags See It Tablets Phones Amazon Motorola Applelast_img read more

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Ford EcoSport Bookings Cross 25000 in 17 days

first_imgFord’s latest endeavour has proven success as the bookings for EcoSport rose to more than 25,000 in just 17 days of its launch. After a minor glitch last week, Ford dealers in India have resumed bookings for EcoSport diesel variant.”Yes, we are taking bookings for the diesel variant of EcoSport now. The waiting period lies between 6-9 months. And for EcoSport (petrol), the waiting is up to one year,” said Syed Jamal, Sales Manager at Metro Ford, Bangalore.The bookings for the much-awaited SUV had started more than an year ago and it was reported a week ago that the waiting period for delivery of the SUV would be 3-4 weeks.”Customers have been waiting for one and a half year. They don’t want to wait anymore. I think the situation will change in a few months as we start producing and delivering more cars. Give it three months,” said Sudhakar NMK, Sales Manager at Ford.The bookings for EcoSport touched 14,000 last week before witnessing more than 10,000 fresh bookings this week, making it the second most successful car launch of the year after Honda’s Amaze.There were around 2000 fresh bookings for the SUV from Bangalore alone.Ford EcoSport was launched on 26 June at a starting price of ₹ 5.59 lakh (petrol) and ₹ 6.69 lakh (diesel). The aggressive pricing and competitive positioning of the product has boosted the overall demand for the SUV.Touted as a major comeback for Ford India, EcoSport will give a sigh of relief, as it has been under pressure despite initial success of Figo.last_img read more

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